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What's the best way to dull down some of the new billet parts on my bike?

The new machined finish is just too shiny for me.

Was thinking brass wool or maybe rubbing compound.

Any thoughts?

david
 

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Depends on the look you want. Bead blasting will dull it evenly without much work, but may not be the look you want. Metal wool or 3m pad will work, maybe a course polishing compound. 'Engine turning' creates a dull-ish finish in a very regular pattern, can be done with a drill press, wood dowel, and some valve lapping compound, but might be a bit to eye catching.

I've accidentally darkened cast aluminum valve covers by leaving them to soak in simple green. Not sure if the simple green reacting with them, or the dissolved oil got into the pores of the metal. Apparently any base (ammonia, oven cleaner) will dull the finish fairly quickly. I'd suggest experimenting with some aluminum foil before trying any such chemical method.
 

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Try some eagle one etching mag wheel cleaner, give the billit a dull appearance, and u can always bring back the shine with some mothers billit polish, u can find these products at ur local AutoZone.
 
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