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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-04-2007, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Polished Aluminum Can notsopretty

I mustíve been caught in the rain one too many times, or something, because it just doesnít have that shiny mirror finish anymore. A good Mothers application has always kept it looking like new until now. Now it just doesnít get it done. Nothing works. It just looks drab . Suggestions?
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-04-2007, 01:43 PM
 
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buffing wheel and some polishing compaund?



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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-04-2007, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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Yeah, I think you're right.

My buddy also suggested the wheel.

So it has come to this!
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Or you can get some high temp spray paint, and paint it to match the bike...

Just dont be like me and ride it the same day...



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Just dont be like me and ride it the same day...
DOHH!
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the top layer of the paint set, but the bottom got soft from the heat. The result was a finish that resembles the skin on a 90 year old toad.



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JustLeanIt, the first thing I'd do is see how far I could throw that can of Mothers aluminum polish. It's hard to believe, but they actually put in certain ingredients that promote tarnish. I assume it's to increase sales, as you'll need to continually re-apply the junk every time you wash the bike or the neighborís water their lawn. Mothers isn't the only one that pulls that stunt. After years of polishing up the aluminum after every wash I happened across a product called English Custom Polish. I use it about once a year and my bike always looks like I polished it yesterday. I'm sure that there are other products out there that also have some sort of protecterant built in. I probably spend more time and effort waxing and taking care of the painted parts than I do with the aluminum. To get the more serious stuff cleaned up you can use Emory, Tripoli, and Rouge polishes (in that order), then use the English Custom Polish to protect your work. Now don't get the idea that this has anything to do with the initial preparation of a rough aluminum surface. That's a whole different story.
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Flitz also works great on aluminum, and on other metals to.
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+1 on the Flitz. Best polish I have ever used. When I had an aluminum exhaust I would make it shine like a mirror with Flitz. Now I go Ti and CF.


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