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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-21-2007, 07:30 AM
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I've never heard of Flitz before. Are you saying that it polishes well and protects over time? Every aluminum polish I've ever tested works great for bringing out the shine. Even Mothers will let you see your own reflection in the shine, but just one washing and your bike will look like you haven't polished it in three years. When I used Mothers I found that if I washed my bike three or four times without buffing out the aluminum, I would have to break out the electric buffing wheel and spend a few hours getting back to where I started. It's also important to use mild automotive washing soap and not dish soap or any number of the more potent cleaners.
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post #12 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-21-2007, 11:33 AM
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You can read about it and order it here. It's approved for use on food serving items by the FDA, so washing it is of little consequence. I've been using it exclusively as a metal poish for years, and a can of it will last almost forever.

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post #13 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-25-2007, 07:02 AM Thread Starter
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Nice, thanks guys. Now I know what to use after the buffing wheel!
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post #14 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-04-2007, 07:38 AM
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I used Flitz for a long time, but I have found something better.

Its called Purple Metal Polish. It comes in a small bottle and its very effective. You may be able to pick it up at your local tractor trailer supply shop.

This stuff is amazing. Give it a try if you can find it.

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post #15 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-05-2007, 03:34 AM
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Aluminum tarnishes easily after being polished because of how it rusts. As it oxidizes it create a very, very thin layer of crystal over it's surface that unlike iron does not expose new metal to air, it actually protects the metal under it from oxidizing. that is why aluminum seam to be a non corrosive metal, when it actually is. so why should you know that?

After you buff it wash it with plain distilled water (not tap water) or alcohol and wipe it dry with a clean terry cloth. then let it sit over night. this will allow it to re-build that layer of protective crystal. when you put any kind of protective compound on it before it has a chance to build that coating it will prevent it from forming and will tarnish easily.

I just really want a bike with a turbo, because their are those times when you pull up too a stop light next to a cop, and I think a really loud PPTTTSHIIISHHHHHHHH would make his day. =P
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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-04-2008, 09:57 PM
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Most aluminum polishes are acidic and I stay away from them. I have a lot of bare polished pieces on my bike. If you choose to ride in inclement weather (i.e. water) you're gonna run into more maintenance in the long run. I don't even use a garden hose on my bike, and it's never seen a drop of water. At any rate, I just stick to plain old wax. I still take all my pieces off and run them on the buffer at least once a year.
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post #17 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-05-2008, 08:17 AM
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Polish for al. cans

+ one here on the Mothers...
It is very important to look at the products lsting of ingredients...If it says ammonia ANYWHERE on the label set the container down and back away...
Ammonia will give the metal a shine but it also keeps the door open for quicker degrading of your polished surface.
I ecmoend looking for an old 110V air compressor motor,go to the caswell site for buffing supplies and then have a go at it...you wont be sorry....but you WILL GET DIRTY!!!
so buy a respirator,shield,and good work gloves and wear long pants and long sleeves...
The work is worth it...
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post #18 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-05-2008, 11:28 AM
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I have come out of my garage looking like a coal miner many times.
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