• Hey guys just wanting some advice My Rebel was sat in a garage for three years...

    Hey guys, just wanting some advice. My Rebel was sat in a garage for three years before I acquired it. It's took a fair bit of cleaning up but now it's time for the engine casing. What'd be the best way to go about it?

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    • Gunk it

    • If you are going to polish it you will need aircraft paint stripper to remove the clear coat on the motor. You can get it at parts store or Walmart.

    • I'm from the U.K but I'll have a search for it. Would I have to remove any parts? I don't feel confident with doing that, mainly because I feel after putting it back together it wouldn't be safe anymore.

    • This is the best brand. No you don't have to remove nothing if you are careful with it. Spray it on let it sit for a minute or two then wash off.

    • I removed mine to polish and then had them engraved.

    • You don't have to remove them.

    • Here's its before pictures

    • I don't think I've seen this blue on a Rebel before. Is it from the factory paint?

    • Yeah I believe it's called "Vortex Purple" the colour code is RP-140m

    • It's from 1996, I don't think very many were made in this colour. Well, from what I can find on the Internet anyway.

    • It looks blue in the original post but I do see that it looks purple in the other pics. Where I'm from they call it "Electric Blue". Enjoy every minute ridin' it gal.

    • David, after you've stripped the finish, you can polish or paint or whatever you want to do. But, let's say you simply polish. Do you then need to put a clearcoat on?

    • Try 'autosol' ebay or Halfords sell it. takes a bit of elbow grease but very good product. hope this helps.

    • Thanks Wayne!

    • your welcome Sarah, try using an old toothbrush with it, this gets in all the little tight areas.

    • I was thinking of using something like a wire brush, would that be too much on it?

    • a soft brass wire brush, too coarse a wire will leave scratches or maybe fine wire wool, would still use autosol as a final polish.

    • That's good to know, because I would've just gone straight in and completely scratched it.

    • Yeah I would go with autosol as well I have a 85 rebel and it brought it up great you have a nice machine there enjoy it