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I am currently restoring a 74' Yamaha MX360 and was wondering what method/tools you guys use to refinish aluminum parts on these old bikes. Up until now I have hand sanded everything and used a scotch brite pad to finish off the parts before clear coating them. The hand sanding part is taking way to much effort. Orbital sanders are difficult to get into small spaces and a dremel tool is just plain too small. I have the engine mostly done at this point and am now working on the forks and wheels. I was hoping that you guys might know of a better tool for the job or maybe a better method. Your advice is much appreciated!

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i use a soft brass wire wheel on the air die grinder and keep the rpms down. gives it a like new finish! the scotch brites work good too, but like you said, a little labour intensive.

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I bead blast aluminum parts. I like the way it looks, kind of a matte silver finish.

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