It seems that so many dirt bikers like to pimp out there bikes with bling graphics, anodized engine parts, powder-coated rims and hubs, and polished frames. I know I will get some negative feedback for this, but it’s not about the bike, it’s the rider that makes the bike go faster. All of the hard-earned money that people spend on their bikes to make it look good is not doing them much good, especially when they eventually run out of funds and their bike breaks down. With that said, I don’t mind making bikes look nice if I have the extra dough lying around.
Buying parts to make your bike look trick can get expensive, very quickly. I’m here today to show you how to make your two-stroke dirt bike look nice for next to nothing. The biggest cost is your time and energy, because it does take a little effort if you want it to look good. Some materials that you will want if you don’t already have them are: sandpaper, sanding blocking (fine/medium), steel wool, WD40, and maybe a wire brush.
Turning your stock 2-stroke pipe from boring black into the “Factory” style metal finish is not a difficult task. You need some elbow grease and patience to finish it though. Start out by cleaning it off best you can. Oil and dirt just complicates the process, so the more you remove the better. Stock pipes are made of fairly thin metal, so you don’t want to use too coarse or rough of sanding material that will take metal off.
Once the pipe is clean, start out with a fine wire brush or medium sandpaper. You can use a belt sander to accelerate the process, but I suggest you use a very fine grit and be very careful so that you only take off the paint and not metal. There’s not a whole lot of technique to getting paint off of the pipe, but you want to make sure it’s smooth. There will probably be paint still in the grooves on the pipe, causing it hard to get off with just sandpaper or a brush; this is where the sanding block comes in handy. Since it’s somewhat flexible, it will go in spots other tools can’t, and it’s quicker than sandpaper anyway.
After spending a lot of time sanding, sanding, and more sanding until you can’t get any more paint off, the final stage is spraying the pipe with WD40. Then grab some steel wool and scrub every last bit of residual paint off as you can. You may have to do this a few times to get it all off. After scrubbing the pipe, spray it with water and scrub it down with some soap (dish soap works well), then spray it off again and dry it.-Tom Stark