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Not strictly a Honda Twin issue, and not even a tank issue really - but ...

I have one of these that I want to bring back to bare metal, with a view to clear-coating it, or lacquering it to preserve the bare metal finish:



It's the airbox cover off my VRod - which sits atop the airbox, and to all intensive purpose looks like the fuel tank. Looks to me like it's made of similar type and gauge material to a conventional metal fuel tank. The key issue for me would be finding a way to do it as easily as possible, but also in such a way that I don't damage the surface, and leave it looking like a (slightly patinated) alloy tank, more like this:



I thought I would ask on here as you guys know infinitely more about practical working methods than most of the bolt-on-accessory merchants who seem to frequent most HD forums.

Any and all inputs gratefully received :)

Thanks,
Alan
 

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Have it dipped at a radiator shop. If you want a DIY method, buy some strong aircraft paint stripper.
 

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Have it dipped at a radiator shop.
I like the sound of that :)

For info - and forgive me if it sounds like a stupid question - do you mean a car/truck radiator repair operation, or somewhere that dips the domestic 'radiators' as we call them here:



I know there is a thriving market for refurbed ones of these round this part of the world.
 

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Eastwoods powder coat stripper would do it but by the time you order it and coat it then let it sit for a couple days it wouldnt be to fast.

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I'm a fan of the spray-can chemical stripper approach (some work better than others though).
Anything you do will oxidize the surface and require some sort of polishing after.
Even a dip tank will leave swirlies and weirdness on the surface.
 

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Aircraft Remover?
 

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^^^"aircraft stripper" +1 ^^^^
Wear eye and hand protection.. the stuff burns..
it's easy to use.. and once brushed on, cover the surface with plastic to keep the stripper "wet" and working..
 

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I worked for HD, those V-Rod tank covers with color are made of plastic. In order to get that look you will have to use a special paint.
 

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I worked for HD, those V-Rod tank covers with color are made of plastic. In order to get that look you will have to use a special paint.
I have 3 different covers Franky - none of them are plastic.
I'm struggling to recall any of the models coming with plastic aribox covers - anodised alloy perhaps in the early days, but never heard of anything other than steel or aluminium ones :confused:
 

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They must have switched to plastic in the later years or my memory is shot, you make the call.
 

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I think you could well be right on the former Franky. Couldn't find a spec online, but the later restyled 'Muscle' model has a different shape cover. A close look at the pics doesn't confirm it for sure, but I wouldn't be at all surprised from looking at the underside of the cover if it were some kind of hard plastic.

https://www.ebay.ie/itm/Harley-Davi...566748?hash=item212a6adb1c:g:V4gAAOSwfJJZaPj8

Mine are just plain old fashioned steel tho :(
 
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