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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-24-2001, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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polishing aluminum

i was wondering how hard it is to make aluminum parts super shiney and how long it keeps its luster...i want to try to pollish my aluminum swingarm gaurd and any other aluminum parts i find to make them shiney...what all is involved and will it lose its shineyness being in a high impact place like a swing arm gaurd? thanks guys!

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Re: polishing aluminum

If you want to get crazy shine, get some of the Blue Corral metal polish from your local automotive store. It is in a white bottle and the liquid is blue. Put some of that on some steel wool and rub on aluminum. The excess liquid will start to turn black after rubbing. After you do that, get a cotton rag and put some more liquid on it and rub into aluminum. Finally, buff with terry cloth and viola! Instant light-weight chrome!!! I used to do this to my RM250 before a race and it looked trick. There isn't anything hardly to buff out on my Warrior except the aluminum guard my buddy and I fabricated to cover up the bracket for the headlights.

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Re: polishing aluminum

does the shine stay or does it go away after it been through the gnarly stuff? hmmm i wonder if it would be hard to pollish my rims with all those like curves and such in there, anyone done this? if it is feasible that would look really trick!

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Re: polishing aluminum

Polished aluminum looks trick.... until you ride, then you get to do it all over again. and unless you put something on it to keep it from loosing its luster it will dull just sitting around the yard. Aluminum is soft and every grain of sand or gravel will leave a very fine nick in it so after a day of riding the shine is gone and all your work has gone to waste. If you polish it fine a way to seal it.

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In my days of moto-x, I would only have to polish parts about every 3-4 mos. Granted, a quad takes a little more punishment than the bikes, but I still think polished aluminum looks better than dull aluminum. If you do it right the first time, it'll last a little while. Main thing is(this is a hypocritical statement)to clean your quad after every ride. This keeps the build-up down and rust and corrosion away...

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Your right about cleaning after every ride, and I think the wheels would probably stay nice for a while, but the brush I think would reak havoc on the bumper. Ya know if it weren't for cooking spray and wd40 I would really hate washing my ride.

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Re: polishing aluminum

i have an '85 Suzuki QuadSport on which the wheels are gold anodized aluminum and i got tired of lookin' at it that way so i sandblasted the anodization off then got some aluminum wheel polish from a neighbor (he has semi's and uses it to polish his wheels) but i just used a high speed buffer with a cotton wheel and i had a nice shiny set of chrome lookin aluminum wheels in a few hours. the curves were kinda tricky but with some patience i got it done. I'll attach a pic. of it.

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i have an '85 Suzuki QuadSport on which the wheels are gold anodized aluminum and i got tired of lookin' at it that way so i sandblasted the anodization off then got some aluminum wheel polish from a neighbor (he has semi's and uses it to polish his wheels) but i just used a high speed buffer with a cotton wheel and i had a nice shiny set of chrome lookin aluminum wheels in a few hours. the curves were kinda tricky but with some patience i got it done. they eventually lose their shine but it doesn't take near as much work ta make 'em look good again, i just get a cotton rag and put some of the same polish on it and they shine right back

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dang, pic. was too big

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