Update - Polished Forks are Finish... After thought, don't want to do this again anytime soon.
When I decided I wanted to hand polish my forks I never would of thought it would take so much work. I spent about a week just on one tube alone. It's a messy pain staking process. However, once I got the hang of it the second one was done in no time and I was so glad i didn't throw in the towel and paint them. I swear I was that close. Results, "ohhhh man look at those shiny puppies. I love them!"
Here are some tips that I learned that will save you some time. First, buy / have a table top bench grinder with min two buffing wheels. Makes sure you get the correct compounds. I bought a kit from Harbor Freight that came with an assortment of buffing bits for a drill and 3 compounds, black (rough), red (medium), white(superfine). Use the black stuff first and get the first layer off the metal. Follow by using drill bit attachments to get the hard to reach areas. Apply pressure! Switch to a new wheel and use the red stuff to get it real glassy, then finish it off with white compound. Wipe off with a rag periodically to check results. Be sure to wipe off completely before switching to next compound.
When your done. Clean it off good. I found that degreaser and a paint brush worked the best. Follow by soap and water. Dry immediately so you don't give it time to rust. Finally, Get some Mother's Mag and Aluminum Polish from Pep Boys. Follow Directions. Then Wax the polish areas to protect them. Wipe wax off good and Wahla! Those puppies should shine.