polishing aluminum 101

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polishing aluminum 101

Post by SV250 » Sat Aug 02, 2008 12:59 pm

I've seen a few attempts to polish and have answered a few questions lately so heres a tutorial.

First strip the anno with either crystalized drano or easy off. Drano works better.

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Once youve done that you will need to sand it smooth with 600 grit wet/dry sand paper. You must get all the scratches, machine lines, etc. out or it wont come out right. The better sanding the shinner it will be.

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Now its polishing time. Use a dico buffing wheel (the one with the most seams) and some aluminum rouge with a grinder or drill with grinder adapter. All available at Home Depot.

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Peel the wrapper back and melt the rouge into the wheel.

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Now polish the part.

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Keep buffing until all the black stuff is gone. Then seal it with mothers polish.

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The same thing can be acheived with out the polishing wheel or rouge by wet sanding again with 1000gt and a lot of rubbing with Mothers. Its more work, but you dont need to buy the stuff. I already had the stuff from doing 1:1 auto wheels.
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