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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:19 pm 
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Once cleaned up what do people favour for polishing up components?

Duraglit?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:33 pm 
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though not always easy to have acces to, those polishing machines are excellent. They look something like but not necessarily this:
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If you have access to a workshop with one they are great for doing aluminum parts, it will make them look like chrome.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:58 pm 
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I will be using elbow grease, a bit afraid to polish too aggressively.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:30 pm 
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Yes a polishing wheel will remove the anodising.

Personally I use WD40 to remove the grime and Autosol to restore the shine.


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For raw aluminium Belgom Alu is king!

I polished these rims with a proper polishing kit from 'The Polishing Shop'
And then finished with Belgom Alu...

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BBS RC040 Refurb Belgom Alu by outHOUSEpics, on Flickr

Autosol for anything stainless steel - But note Autosol or anything like that is too harsh for aluminium to keep a mirror finish.


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A variety of things, it depends how bad it is. I rate autosol - it might not give a mirror finish on ally but I have always found it gives an easily maintainable finish.

Duraglit is not very abrasive at all, more for removing tarnish off gold and silver in my opinion.

I thoroughly recommend you get some kind of mechanical aid, it makes an awful lot of difference. Even if it's just a cheap dremel copy.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:47 pm 
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+1 for Autosol or Autoglym seems to get a good shine with minimal effort.


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