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1968 R60/2

The chrome air filter on my /2 is getting rusty and pitted. Obviously its chrome plated. Before it gets too bad Id like to fix it. Any suggestion on how to remove the chrome plating so I can return it to its original silver color? Blasting? Chemical? Sanding?
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Sand and paint

Using wet-or-dry, I sanded, primed, and painted mine and it worked out well. Mine wasn't pitted, so I did not have to deal with imperfections in the surface. If you use a good sand-able primer it shouldn't be a problem.

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Strip the chrome

Any chrome plater can strip the chrome plate. There is an aluminum paint in a rattle can that is super close to the OE color, just prime and paint it. Duplicolor engine enamel 207 is super close to OE. It has near perfect flake finish. I used it for an early air cleaner.

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Chrome

Thanks guys. I'll let you know how it turns out.

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Try Metal Rescue. It will

Try Metal Rescue. It will remove all rust and leave the chrome (or paint) intact. Available at Home depot, etc. or on-line.

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filter housing

Update on the air filter housing......

I used the Metal Rescue to remove the rust then I scuffed up the chrome with sand paper and steel wool.

I primed the housing with Rust-Oleum high heat primer then baked it in the oven at 250 then 400* for 30" each.

I then painted it with Duple-Color engine enamel Cast Coat Aluminum.

(yes i know my over is dirty. I have a teenage daughter) Smile

Overall it came out pretty good. It still has some minor pitting. I may sand it down one more time then add one more coat of paint.

Comments neg or pos appreciated. Im still a rookie here. I like it much better than the chrome.

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I think it looks pretty good.

I think it looks pretty good. Not sure if the original had that much shine. If you found other original ones, you could judge it better. It would be easy enough to knock the shine down if desired.

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Good Job!

Get the decals to finish it off and you're done!

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Nice

Never did like the chrome one's

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Looks Great!

Very nice re-do of the air cleaner. You can use spot putty and more primer layers to get rid of all the pitting, but yours looks better than most. Not sure what decal was originally on the non-69S air filter housing??

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Looks good, nice job. The

Looks good, nice job.
The Chrome one's, I also never liked them but I suppose if you go Full-Chrome like some sort of show bike it can be pretty.

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filter housing

Thanks guys ....
Once I get it out in the bright sun I will know if I need to touch it up. It looks good in the garage. I don't want to sand it down too much, it may take off some of the raised letters. It was a quick and easy project. Because of fuel and the cross over being right over the housing I thought for a second about clear coating it but then it would be way too shiny.

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Shine

I would not worry about too much gloss now, I think some time will take care of it for you. Remember that any original you have will already have a 45 - 50 year head start on it. And I don't think it will take nearly that long to lose it on yours with the type of paint that you used.

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