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Engine Side Covers: What's happening here?

It sort of looks like there's some thin plastic covering on them, like when you get a new large appliance, and now it's just peeling off.Click image for larger version

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post #2 of 31 (permalink) Old 03-16-2014, 12:28 AM
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It's a byproduct of where you live. Floridas humidity and salt air takes it's toll on metal. Professional polishing and maybe clear powdercoating will restore your covers. Check to see if powdercoating will stand up to engine heat.
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They powdercoat exhaust so that shouldnt be any problem . Where they clearcoated before and thats whats peeling off or is the aluminum ?

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They powdercoat exhaust so that shouldnt be any problem . Where they clearcoated before and thats whats peeling off or is the aluminum ?
John, that appears to be from salt. We get the same thing up here, hence we usually try to wait until the roads ae clear up here. That is, unless we jus get tired of waiting!



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It could be from salt, but it could also be just from the exposed aluminum corroding. Corroded aluminum can leave white powder like that. I imagine that you might fair worse with it if you live near the ocean with all that salt spray.

Honda paints the head covers, and it can peel with time, with or without salt. I don't know if it is from engine heat or what, but the right side seems to be the most common one to peel. Mine is peeling on that side too, but it's not nearly as bad as yours. Same thing happened with my Honda Magna after a number of years.

I don't have a good answer as to how to fix it unless you are really good at refinishing. I kind of like the look of the OEM finish, and I doubt that I could duplicate that brushed finish look. I am not going to buy those stick on chrome aftermarket covers to hide it. They make it a pain to remove the head covers.

I may look into just replacing them with a new set from Honda. The first set lasted 12 years. I have seen some actual head covers that have been chromed, but the prices are pretty high.

I have also been waiting for a viable alternative. Hopefully somebody will post something.

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Can also be caused by using a "strong" soap, like dish detergent, when washing the bike and not getting it all rinsed off.

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They powdercoat exhaust so that shouldnt be any problem . Where they clearcoated before and thats whats peeling off or is the aluminum ?
They are clearcoated from the factory. You could pull them off, strip the remaining clearcoat, polish and recoat them. That would be MUCH cheaper than new ones. Powder coating is also an option but the cost would be about the same. Actually I think that they make clear powder coat and that may be the best approach.

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I'd suggest looking into getting them powder coated. Many have gotten it done and the results look great. Many different colors are available and even silver and clear. The ones that had black powder coating done look really nice in my opinion.

Here is a picture of a black bike with black valve covers owned by goinssr. He also had the wheels, lower cowl and exhaust covers done. I think this looks great.

http://gl1800riders.com/forums/showt...=1#post3928342

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I had the valve covers on my 2005 billet silver powder coated last fall to match. The cost was $100. From your avatar it appears your motorcycle is black. The cost for black powder coat would have been less. I removed the center chrome trim and all of the sealing washers (which I was able to reuse). I replaced the valve cover gaskets, but I could have reused them as well. The powder coat shop used a fine sandblast to remove the original paint. I am not concerned about the powder coat holding up to the engine heat.

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I had the valve covers on my 2005 billet silver powder coated last fall to match. The cost was $100. From your avatar it appears your motorcycle is black. The cost for black powder coat would have been less. I removed the center chrome trim and all of the sealing washers (which I was able to reuse). I replaced the valve cover gaskets, but I could have reused them as well. The powder coat shop used a fine sandblast to remove the original paint. I am not concerned about the powder coat holding up to the engine heat.

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That looks nice Ron. I may have to do that to my '05 someday.

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