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Offline johnu

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Re: POLISHING 101
« Reply #20 on: Sep 04, 2013, 23:42:00 »
Got the polishing figured out!

Offline Roc City Cafe

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Re: POLISHING 101
« Reply #21 on: Sep 05, 2013, 07:15:39 »
awesome!

Offline DeanJ

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Re: POLISHING 101
« Reply #22 on: Sep 05, 2013, 08:50:57 »
My two cents on the Mother's aluminum polish referenced earlier:

I sand  and polish  progressively- finishing with jeweler's rouge on a loose sewn soft cotton wheel. Result is always a flawless raw aluminum shine.  So then I tried  the Mother's polish as it is supposed to shine and protect. I was really interested in the "protect" part.

So after using the Mother's on one of my  case covers, it was very apparent that it actually dulled what was previously a  flawless shine  :o. Keep in mind that this is when sitting right next to another part that was also polished to compare it to.    ( I assume the Mother's is a more aggressive polish  so it can be used on billet parts and wheels with the power ball. The before and afters of that application can be amazing )

I have found that Autosol  is a better final polish and leaves a protectant.......

just 'sayin  :D

Offline crazypj

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Re: POLISHING 101
« Reply #23 on: Sep 05, 2013, 13:30:08 »
Got the polishing figured out!

 That's the tank you made?
Did you gas (oxy/acetelyne) all of it?
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Offline crazypj

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Re: POLISHING 101
« Reply #24 on: Sep 05, 2013, 13:36:31 »
My two cents on the Mother's aluminum polish referenced earlier:

I sand  and polish  progressively- finishing with jeweler's rouge on a loose sewn soft cotton wheel. Result is always a flawless raw aluminum shine.  So then I tried  the Mother's polish as it is supposed to shine and protect. I was really interested in the "protect" part.

So after using the Mother's on one of my  case covers, it was very apparent that it actually dulled what was previously a  flawless shine  :o . Keep in mind that this is when sitting right next to another part that was also polished to compare it to.    ( I assume the Mother's is a more aggressive polish  so it can be used on billet parts and wheels with the power ball. The before and afters of that application can be amazing )

I have found that Autosol  is a better final polish and leaves a protectant.......

just 'sayin  :D

 I found the same thing with Mothers
Toothpaste works just as well and is far cheaper
I found some polish that's even less 'aggressive than Autosol,  you have to be careful what rags you use as the fiber can scratch mirror finish aluminium
It's called MET- ALL 'Racing Polish', made in OH and was cheap ($1.99 for 2 oz tube)
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XS650,  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=11922.0

Offline DeanJ

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Re: POLISHING 101
« Reply #25 on: Sep 05, 2013, 14:29:31 »

Toothpaste works just as well and is far cheaper
 

with or without fluoride ?  ;D

thanks PJ, I will give a test !

Offline ILoveThumpers

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Re: POLISHING 101
« Reply #26 on: Sep 09, 2013, 10:18:08 »
A fabricator friend of mine swears by a product called Flitz. It's his last step on mirror-polished aluminum. He claims it slows oxidation. Sort of a polish and wax together?

He gave me a tube of it but I haven't used it on anything yet. Does anyone here have any experience with it?

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Offline Captmilk76

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Re: POLISHING 101
« Reply #27 on: Sep 09, 2013, 10:43:39 »
At a bar I work at we use Flitz to polish the brass and have for several years

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Offline Captmilk76

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Re: Re: POLISHING 101
« Reply #28 on: Sep 09, 2013, 10:44:11 »
Got the polishing figured out!

That tank is sic!

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Offline fordop87

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Re: POLISHING 101
« Reply #29 on: Sep 23, 2013, 23:46:35 »
This is my first attempt at polishing forks. I wasn't going for the mirror finish so I'm pleased with the result.
If I did it again, I would sand with higher grit before using the wheels.