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best thing to clean/polish aluminum?

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Old 06-12-2011, 02:38 PM   #1
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best thing to clean/polish aluminum?

the PO of my bike had the paint polished off the rims, and so that aluminum aaaallllwways seems to have a hazy look to it, no matter what I use !!

any ideas OTHER THAN Simichrome.. tried it already, and it aint gettin it..
   
 
Old 06-12-2011, 02:43 PM   #2
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Probably wont get the haze with polsihing or cleaning materials. Your gonna need to wet sand it and start back at it with ever finer grits and then hit it with the cleaner/polish and buff as needed. i had to do that on my 900rr frame back when.
   
 
Old 06-12-2011, 02:44 PM   #3
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Oh and I like Mothers billet and Blue magic polish my self.
   
 
Old 06-12-2011, 03:04 PM   #4
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Probably wont get the haze with polsihing or cleaning materials. Your gonna need to wet sand it and start back at it with ever finer grits and then hit it with the cleaner/polish and buff as needed. i had to do that on my 900rr frame back when.
It is glass smooth already, so prolly aint gonna need to go quite THAT far..

but will give mommy's billit a shot..
   
 
Old 06-12-2011, 03:10 PM   #5
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youd be surprised. Problem with aluminum is its soft and a little bit of abrasion goes a long way. The whirls are in the outermost surface and in my experience its easier to just wet sand it down with say 1000 grit if it gets the job done and move up from their.
   
 
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If there's paint on there, wet and dry paper, sanded wet, 600 grit, then 1200 grit, then

T-Cut with Scotch-Brite, followed by

T-Cut and cloth,

Then buff up with cloth,

Then wipe round with WD-40.

Needs to be done regular though.



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Old 06-12-2011, 03:39 PM   #7
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I second the Mothers Aluminum polish...made my D&D go from drab to fab (I know I know....haha) with no elbow grease at all (no pun intended).

I took my frankenstein pegs off the back and with a polish wheel on the dremel and a lil Mothers, them bad boys are bling bling again. Did wonders for the fork ends as well. I went nuts pullin all the aluminum parts off and spit shinin them. I use the stuff on ANYTHING aluminum or magnesium.
   
 
Old 06-12-2011, 04:12 PM   #8
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ya mothers is what iv always used works great and you dont have to put that much elbo greese into it either which is always a plus!
   
 
Old 06-12-2011, 09:15 PM   #9
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Here we use autosol.. Its an german made prodict end worx like a bomb. Makes my whole bike shine becuz I buff a lot on my 12.. If rim is smooth don't sand it.. See if u can geta smaal buff wheel and put it on ur drill en buff it nyce...
   
 
Old 06-13-2011, 12:12 AM   #10
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Here we use autosol.. Its an german made prodict end worx like a bomb. Makes my whole bike shine becuz I buff a lot on my 12.. If rim is smooth don't sand it.. See if u can geta smaal buff wheel and put it on ur drill en buff it nyce...
Autosol or Wenol, does a brilliant job especially if combined with a small soft buff!
   
 
Old 06-13-2011, 02:24 AM   #11
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I've been looking all over for Wenol. cant find it in gauteng anymore.
   
 
Old 06-13-2011, 04:24 AM   #12
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I've been looking all over for Wenol. cant find it in gauteng anymore.
O damn,don't say that! Now that you mention it,I haven't seen any Wenol in a while! I bought an entire box from Speedyquip in P.E about 7 or 8 years ago,I'm down to my second last tube. Autosol is almost as good tho...but not as long lasting.
   
 
Old 06-13-2011, 11:18 AM   #13
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O damn,don't say that! Now that you mention it,I haven't seen any Wenol in a while! I bought an entire box from Speedyquip in P.E about 7 or 8 years ago,I'm down to my second last tube. Autosol is almost as good tho...but not as long lasting.
The guys i bought it from told me the importer abruptly stopped his activities. Can't find a single hardware shop stocking metal polish around here.
Just had a lot of carbon and chrome done along with a new black paintjob. The polishing on the wheels look crap now....
   
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