Anodised aluminium looks great … until it all starts to go wrong. Anodising is a very standard protective treatment used on aluminium/alloy motorbike parts, but when corrosion sets in it’s difficult to deal with.You can’t just polish it out like you would with bare aluminium, and you can’t touch it up either. You have a handful of choices: strip it back and resign yourself to perennial polishing duties; get it sandblasted and powdercoated; or paint over it.
I decided to strip the anodising and either restore a “brushed aluminium” finish protected with hard-wearing two-pack (2K) lacquer; or give it a coat of basecoat metallic paint, once again protected with 2K. Continue reading ‘Ep 17: Restoring anodised aluminium on your motorbike’