Old 6th October 2019, 03:49 PM #1
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Doing quite a bit of work to the bike at the moment.

repaired some small cracks and scratches in one of the fairings, thats currently with Ger Conlon for a respray.

Removed the Exhaust, have gone over it with very fine grit wet and dry to remove small tar spots and a little bit of corrosion. Also got the bit near the collector to actually look like stainless steel again. Next step is a thorough polish with AutoSol to remove scratches and blemishes, That's going to take a while, but while I wait for the fairings plenty of time to do it.

Have removed whats easily removable from the bike and thoroughly cleaned the bits that never get cleaned.

So with all that work done, and a good bit still to go I thought now was the time to try some ACF-50 to help keep the bike looking as good as it will.


The question I have is do I apply final polish to the paintwork before I apply the ACF, or can I apply the ACF and polish over.

Can I apply polish over the ACF in the future, or is it a case of a thorough clean that might remove the ACF, then polish, then apply a new coating of ACF?

Not quite sure how to get the best results from the ACF and a good polished finish.

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ACF will be gone after washing and you will need to reapply, generally the stuff you apply acf to doesn't need polishing. I just polish fairings, mudguards, bits of plastic etc and acf everything else. I'd polish before acf if you are planning to use the two together on a fairing etc
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ACF will be gone after washing and you will need to reapply, generally the stuff you apply acf to doesn't need polishing. I just polish fairings, mudguards, bits of plastic etc and acf everything else. I'd polish before acf if you are planning to use the two together on a fairing etc
thanks. that exactly what I need to hear
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so seriously good wash, polish, then apply ACF is the procedure.

which would mean ACF treatment is not twice a year as some websites claim, but after every time you give the bike a good wash and polish
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Depends on what you wash with, if it's just water it will probably be ok but if you are using a cleaner you'd want to reapply.
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Why put ACF50 on paintwork?
It's a corrosion inhibitor...
Polish your paint, ACF your metals...
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Re: Acf-50

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Why put ACF50 on paintwork?
It's a corrosion inhibitor...
Polish your paint, ACF your metals...
That's what I was thinking. It's wouldn't harm paintwork but I wouldn't go to the bother of actually deliberately applying it to plastics.

I've used ACF50 on the engine and underside of the bike, exhaust headers etc and was actually quite surprised at how quickly/easily it washed off.
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I've used ACF50 on the engine and underside of the bike, exhaust headers etc and was actually quite surprised at how quickly/easily it washed off.
How long after you applied it did that take? I couldn't get it off the small brush of places id missed after spraying it on. Just left it in the corner of the shed.
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How long after you applied it did that take? I couldn't get it off the small brush of places id missed after spraying it on. Just left it in the corner of the shed.
I sprayed it directly on (aerosol can), spread it around and removed excess using a rag. The bike smoked and fucking stank when I started it up and it heated. Probably about 4 weeks later I was washing the bike (just hot water - no cleaners added) and off it came no hassle, along with the shite and road grime.
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Why put ACF50 on paintwork?
It's a corrosion inhibitor...
Polish your paint, ACF your metals...
Thanks.
Thats what I thought initially but then read on the web that some people are applying it to the entire bike.
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Lads, polish removes a few microns of dulled clearcoat/paint from the surface to bring up the shine. You need to apply a wax of some description after polishing if you want to protect the paintwork.

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Re: Acf-50

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Lads, polish removes a few microns of dulled clearcoat/paint from the surface to bring up the shine. You need to apply a wax of some description after polishing if you want to protect the paintwork.
This .If you want a tough as fuck wax I'd recommend soft 99s fusso coat .It's long lasting and very resistant to washes ect. It will last and is well capable of taking a beating over the winter months .not as super shiney as other waxs but perfect for the winter

Another thing to note is if it's after a respray does the paint not have to be left bare for a time after to let it fully gas out /cure ?
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Cheapest place to buy ACF-50?
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Cheapest place to buy ACF-50?
No idea if cheapest Damien but i got mine from Lees online place motorcycleshop.ie.
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No idea if cheapest Damien but i got mine from Lees online place motorcycleshop.ie.
It turns out I'm living five minutes from the main Irish agent for the stuff Ger!

They're offering it @ €19.25/can and I can collect it myself.

Motorcycleshop is €19.90/can but free delivery would kick in with 3 cans.

Much the same really.

Although I could save the VAT if I buy direct from the distributor, making it €15.65/can

I suppose the other option is the larger bottle with the applicator, but it doesn't work out that much cheaper.

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I suppose the other option is the larger bottle with the applicator, but it doesn't work out that much cheaper.
i got the larger bottle and a lidl paint gun for the compressor for a 10r and i use a tiny amount (30-40ml) to do a whole bike 2 or 3 times and because its misted on it gets everywhere. plus the bottle is pure liquid whereas the can is also containing propellant
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i got the larger bottle and a lidl paint gun for the compressor for a 10r and i use a tiny amount (30-40ml) to do a whole bike 2 or 3 times and because its misted on it gets everywhere. plus the bottle is pure liquid whereas the can is also containing propellant
That's a good idea.

Fuckin hate those hand-pump applicator bottles.

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i got the larger bottle and a lidl paint gun for the compressor for a 10r and i use a tiny amount (30-40ml) to do a whole bike 2 or 3 times and because its misted on it gets everywhere. plus the bottle is pure liquid whereas the can is also containing propellant
Great idea, i have an old one i might try.

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That's a good idea.

Fuckin hate those hand-pump applicator bottles.
Ya did that on my N250 and it makes it very heavy in some places and light in others.
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Originally Posted by sharpbikes
i got the larger bottle and a lidl paint gun for the compressor for a 10r and i use a tiny amount (30-40ml) to do a whole bike 2 or 3 times and because its misted on it gets everywhere. plus the bottle is pure liquid whereas the can is also containing propellant
This is the ideal way to apply it, you only need a tiny amount for a bike.
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