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Polished Al parts-keeping the shine


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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 302270 posted 02/03/06 02:11 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I have polished a few aluminum items for my car, engine bay usage in particular. Anyone have recommendations to keep them shiny? Clear coat paint? I don't want to have to get my hands in there to work on them later.

Thanks.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 302271 posted 02/03/06 02:15 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Clear coat works great, just make sure you clean it very well before painting, and if it's in a hot spot, make sure the clear can take it. Burnt clear won't shine very well.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 302286 posted 02/03/06 02:46 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Eastwood Diamond Clear Metal Aerosol



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 302296 posted 02/03/06 03:08 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
regular car Wax will keep the shine, if you don't want to clearcoat...

The secret to polishing is smoothness of the material, then applying a compound either by hand or with rouge/machine...they make different rouges and buffing wheels based on the stage you're at and material you're using...

The nice thing about stainless vs. aluminum (for polishing) is it keeps the shine, although it likes to be done so by abrasives...

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 302599 posted 02/04/06 02:06 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
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Eastwood Diamond Clear Metal Aerosol




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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 302666 posted 02/04/06 06:45 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Listen to the King of Bling and his heir to the throne. I've seen both their cars and they know WTF they're talking about.



I know it's a foreign idea for most of us here, but you might want to try taking the car off jackstands.
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 302751 posted 02/05/06 12:59 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Aluminum = Mothers Polish

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 302777 posted 02/05/06 06:48 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
That is what I use, Geoff, but you need to apply it regularly.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 302778 posted 02/05/06 06:57 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I've actually gotten better results with "Blue Magic" than I got with Mother's. I've also seen some amazing results from a product called "White Diamond". A buddy of mine helps a guy who does custom cycles and polishing for a living and the guy swears by White Diamond. I need to do the wheels on my truck since apparently American Racing doesn't put ANY sealer on their polished AL wheels, mine looked like crap after the first snow/salt they saw.

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I just finished a full polish job on my Zook. I used Mothers and it came out great!
But I'll try the Blue Magic to see how it fairs against Mothers...

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 302781 posted 02/05/06 07:14 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I don't think you'll be disappointed in it. It comes in a tube like toothpaste does.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 303009 posted 02/05/06 09:42 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
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I have polished a few aluminum items for my car, engine bay usage in particular. Anyone have recommendations to keep them shiny? Clear coat paint? I don't want to have to get my hands in there to work on them later.

Thanks.




Mind if we see some of these 'polished aluminum items'?

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 303175 posted 02/06/06 11:07 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Sure, come on over.

Actually, they are not fully polished yet. I'm only talking about the fuel rail and the bov at this point. I do have a nice billet FPR though. When I get the work all done and begin assembling the engine package together, I plan on taking some pics. So you will have to wait until then.


Edited by iceman69510 (02/06/06 11:08 AM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 303415 posted 02/06/06 10:01 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
I'm failing miserably at getting the bling.

I think everything is getting painted black now.



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