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    Ricochet skid plate, keeping it looking shiny!

    I just bought a Ricochet skid plate, not anodized. I was wondering how they look after being out in elements for a while. I like the look of bare aluminum but am worried about it oxidizing. I was considering alodine coating it. What are your experiences?
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    Mine accumulates scratches, dings and gouges when put to use in it's intended environment. Simple sand tossed up by front wheel also tends to sand blast the leading edge so I never thought to try to preserve an appearance. It might be a challenge to maintain a thin cosmetic layer like alodine or anodizing.
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    It is there to keep all the other stuff from damage and is replaceable.

    A scarred skid plate is the sign of a happy bike.

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    Dinged up skid plates are evidence of great adventures!
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    I use black truck bedliner coating on mine. It can be removed and recoated as needed for protection. I also use it on my ballistic plates for my vest.

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    I was thinking Rhinolining.
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    they are very inexpensive if you know where to buy them so just sell your plate once a year and replace with a new one you can easily get $85 cash for a well used Ricochet and you can get a brand new one for $89 delivered
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    Quote Originally Posted by PlacerLode View Post
    they are very inexpensive if you know where to buy them so just sell your plate once a year and replace with a new one you can easily get $85 cash for a well used Ricochet and you can get a brand new one for $89 delivered
    I paid almost $200 Canadian for mine! I bought it directly from Ricochet and with import fees, taxes and delivery It got pricey!
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    These are all excellent points! Im just used to having everything nice and shiny on my bike but I will treat the banged up skid plate as a badge of honor!
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    How about a replaceable wrap, or vinyl cladding? Buy it buy the square meter and replace as necessary.
    Plasti-Coat sprays and dips can provide colorful protection as well as sound dampening but they are supposedly not fuel resistant. I've only used them to waterproof electronics.
    The mentioned bedliners should have good adhesion, and then supposedly they can take a various colorcoats for the look you want.
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