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 Post subject: What do you polish with?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:45 am 
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I spent a pleasant hour or so yesterday morning cleaning the Bianchi and managed to improve things a lot using Brasso (found it under the sink, I'll no doubt be in trouble when the mrs finds its all gone).

Its fairly obvoius from my efforts that to get it back to immaculate state I am going to have to strip it down a fair bit, but now I've started I can see it becoming a slight obsession.

Is there a better product out there than Brasso?

Will :)


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:13 pm 
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Autosol works well on chrome and alloy parts. I just use an oily rag on the frame :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 2:30 pm 
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Astonish paste, available from Wilkinsons, Poundstretcher and most supermarkets. 99p for a tub and is the best chrome cum surface rust remover I've used. Excellent for aluminium and brings it to a superb shine, gets rid of all the crud on braking surfaces too.
Best 99p you'll ever spend IMHO :lol:
http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalo ... GcQ8wIwAA#


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 2:35 pm 
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Both worth a try, especially the 99p one 8)

Can't wait to get into town now...

Cheers

Will :)


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:59 am 
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I usually use Autosol on bare non-anodised aluminium, then a car wax on top to keep it shiny for longer.

For anodised aluminium, also chrome and paint, just any car wax/furniture polish do do.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:16 pm 
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+1 for Autosol on aluminium that has not been anodised. You're wasting your timeif it has been though.

I have just starting using the wax based car polish over my frames, especially to protect the chrome. However, you need to be careful not to use one of those ones that have a cutting agent in them.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:40 am 
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A cutting compound like T-Cut (has very fine abrasive used for removing a very thin layer of paint) also works on aluminium, although it is less abrasive than metal polish.


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