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How do you shine up the throttle, etc. levers?


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Ok restorer experts, how do you shine up the levers such as the throttle and PTO? Do you just rub 'em with steel wool or is there a finish you put on?
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I just use a soft wire brush in the bench grinder using light pressure then spray them with dupli color clear coat. Keep in mind, none of my tractors are 'show' tractors though.
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Ok restorer experts, how do you shine up the levers such as the throttle and PTO? Do you just rub 'em with steel wool or is there a finish you put on?
To polish aluminum you start with a 400 - 800 grit wet dry sand paper, work your way up to a 2000 grit, finish with mothers polish and a buffing wheel. The finer grit you use the less marks you get. If you do it right there will be none. Its how I did all the engine side cover on my bike: This is what they looked like to start:
[img]http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee71/mortation/GS850GLD1-1.jpg[/img]
After sanding and polishing,
[img]http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee71/mortation/left-1.jpg[/img]
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A fine wire wheel works good for most metal items followed by a clear coat. Plastic items like knobs clean very nicely with GoJo hand cleaner. The solenoid and throttle cable in the first picture were simply wire wheeled and clear coated as were the end covers on the starter in the second picture. The plastic rectifier cover was cleaned with GoJo. Considering these parts are 43 years old they didn't come out all that bad. Sorry about the color but that is our current project now that Tecumseh is gone we are doing everything with those engines before the parts are NLA.




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