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    Rideplate Corrosion

    Hey guys,

    Is this going to slow down/effect my performance at all. R&D plate on my '12 FZS has the paint peeling and oxidizing. Should i just take a buffing wheel to it?
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    I doubt that you would notice a difference, but since you have it off why not sand it down and paint or clear coat it.

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    Painting actually may make the pitting worse than just leaving the whole thing unpainted. So if we are talking saltwater here... the issue is electrolysis (current) due to galvanic corrosion. Painted, that natural electrical current flow will be more concentrated to wherever the 1st scratch or paint-chips are. Unpainted, the current is spread across the entire object and therefore etching less deeply into any one spot.

    I have gone a step further by adding a zinc anode to my ride plate, so that the anode "sees" the brunt of the current - thus saves my plate. Working quite well (two year thus far).

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    I didn't know that about the painted surface doing that, I'm strictly a fresh water rider. I think the Doo had an anode attached to the plate, the only one that I've seen on the GP was at the rear of the engine in the water jacket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimeBandit View Post
    Painting actually may make the pitting worse than just leaving the whole thing unpainted. So if we are talking saltwater here... the issue is electrolysis (current) due to galvanic corrosion. Painted, that natural electrical current flow will be more concentrated to wherever the 1st scratch or paint-chips are. Unpainted, the current is spread across the entire object and therefore etching less deeply into any one spot.

    I have gone a step further by adding a zinc anode to my ride plate, so that the anode "sees" the brunt of the current - thus saves my plate. Working quite well (two year thus far).
    Exactly what he said

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