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    Quote Originally Posted by Rothafella View Post
    Nils - welcome to the forum and those are some great pictures. Would love to see some more. How do the finished products stand up to time and the elements? Do they need to be treated or sealed? They look so great I would hate to paint them.
    Here are some fun before-and-afters for ya Rothafella:

    Ducati Pantah parts: good solid parts, but had been stored for years and so the oxidization and...stuff on them was pretty thick. This took about 5 1/2 hours including splitting the cases and extracting bearings ($385)



















    This was the total project:

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    Nils Menten * Tucson, Arizona, USA
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    An interesting project: Customer had already dry blasted his parts, a little heavily, and wanted to know what I could do to restore the finish from there. A picture is worth a thousand words blah blah...

    A nice 750 valve cover, in excellent condition, plus 8 tappet covers, an oil filter housing, and the breather cover for the valve cover. Spotlessly bead blasted, but a little heavily. This would be an enormous PITA to return to nice looking aluminum by hand, go ahead and ask me how I know . That Kawasaki hub is in these first photos for visual reference of the finish on his parts vs a "done" part.



    Close up of the surface and the tappet cover:


    Inside:


    OK kids, everybody in the pool!


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    Done!


    Packed:


    Shipped:
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    I do vapor blasting!
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    A fun one in part because of how STOKED this guy was - my customer left his carbs too long in the wrong cleaner. Didn't look too hopeful.






    This took a little longer than something run-of-the-mill but I did manage to coax them back to handsome. A quick trip through the ultrasonic cleaner to ensure they were clean inside and out and they were back on their way to him. He was very happy



    Nils Menten * Tucson, Arizona, USA
    I do vapor blasting!
    http://www.restocycle.com
    Ikon Suspension: http://www.ikonshocksusa.com

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    A set of 1100F cases that I stripped the paint from (exterior) and vapor blasted, and some of a Honda CB750 SOHC engine too. My 1100F customer was thinking he'd repaint the cases, saw them natural and now he is like "Hmmm". We may see a nice 1100F running around with a set of aluminum cases in Texas!







    Here's an SOHC4 engine:







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    How long will that nice aluminum vapor-blasted finish stay shiny Nils ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bilbikek411 View Post
    How long will that nice aluminum vapor-blasted finish stay shiny Nils ?
    Yaknow, I just got asked that question Bill, and this is what I know: My first-hand experience is only 2 1/2 years, and the short answer about that was "it looked great!" Strictly speaking though, aluminum oxide begins to form the instant aluminum is exposed to oxygen, which is not a bad thing per se as it's much harder and forms a protective 'skin' of sorts on the metal. Clearcoat is an option for some, but that gives me the willies too.

    From our own FAQ (Vapor Blasting for Vintage Motorcycles - RestoCycle LLC

    "Vapor blasting is a surface refinishing process that was originally used by Rolls Royce in England many years ago, to clean and resurface aluminum jet engine parts to eliminate corrosion and facilitate inspection. It is quite simply cleaning via high-pressure surface blasting, but instead of dry abrasive media, it uses a slurry of water, compressed air, detergents and abrasive media. The vapor created is much gentler to soft aluminum than other processes, yet it will remove a microscopic layer of oxidized metal and corrosion. This process also seals the pores of the aluminum making it look better longer, and be more resistant to future corrosion. Vapor blasting differs from dry blasting in other respects as well – it will not dimensionally change a part, the media used is much finer and gentler, and the resulting surface is much smoother and shinier."

    If parts are going to be put back into service as is after vapor blasting (IOW, "not painted or cleared"), I treat them with one of a couple protectants that are more expensive per gallon then the bourbon I like: One is called ACF 50 and the other is Boeshield. Both of these create a tenacious film on the surface of the aluminum, and are used and adored by people in aviation, where aluminum is used almost exclusively and corrosion potentially deadly. I'd say that a once-a-year detailing and a respray with either product will keep these things looking great indefinitely.
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    Thanks Nils
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    OK, time for an update - we have been busy on a number of projects, having fun too.

    Did a fun project for a customer with holed XR600 cases: He bought a used set of good cases, had them shipped directly to us and we vapor blasted them and sent them along to him. He was pretty psyched.







    Helped a local customer with his cafe build - pulled his engine from his bike, soda blasted it, painted it, vapor blasted the valve and sidecovers, put it back in the bike. He was also pretty psyched







    Have been dabbling in some automotive work - this is a throttle body and valve cover for a Miata that was dropped into a Sunbeam...





    ...and an intake for a Sunbeam (I think?)





    These folks were (you guessed it!) PRETTY PSYCHED!

    Met a very cool cat at a swap meet - an airhead guru. He sent me his transmission case in advance of a tech day he was hosting for a bunch of guys.








    I confess I have fallen into deep like with American aluminum, as used by Harley Davidson. We masked these cases to preserve the Glyptal and blasted them on their exterior:






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    And nobody doesn't love a Honda CBX. By 1979 Honda was using some really nice quality metal and it is very much on display after vapor blasting it spotless:









    Shall we have Italian? Tasty Moto Guzzi valve covers are on the menu:





    Over on the other side of the shop, we are nearly finished with the restoration of another lovely little Honda CB400F:



    ...and we recently installed a vibratory polisher, aka a 'tumbling tank'. With this we can restore a smoother, shinier finish to sidecovers and wheel hubs and similar parts after vapor blasting that is much closer to the original finish. There's no charge for this service, at the customer's election.



    Vapor blasted:



    ...and then tumbled:



    And THAT is what's been going on lately at RestoCycle
    Nils Menten * Tucson, Arizona, USA
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    Ikon Suspension: http://www.ikonshocksusa.com

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    Very nice finishes

    REF: ACF 50 and Boeshield... my preference is Corrosion X... this link will provide some testing performed by the FAA for these and other similar products.

    http://www.tc.faa.gov/logistics/gran...6/96-g-001.pdf

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