Anonymous asked:Good morning, I am based in the UK and currently restoring a few XR75s, I am stuck with considering how to finish certain parts of the bike as i cannot tell what the original material is, for instance the rear brake lever polishes up very nicely with a wire wheel, does it need painting or plating or will it rust, same for other metal parts, I intend to polish aluminium where good enough condition.
I am by no means an expert on restoring motorcycles, but I will try to help. Perhaps some of the other people that follow my blog and run motorcycle shops can add into the conversation?
For your rear brake lever, I assume you are referring to the one operated by your right foot? If so, then it would most likely be steel and would need to be painted so that it dosent rust. Same goes for the shifter. However, if you meant the front brake lever or clutch lever, they are most likely aluminum and can be polished. For any chrome bits you can use chrome polish on them and then just keep them clean so that they don’t get rust pitting. As for aluminum polishing, that souldn’t be an issue as long as you also keep it clean and wiped down afterward so that it dosent oxidize.
I hope this helps! Good luck with your project and feel free to contact me with any other questions, on or off anonymous.
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