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Polishing Aluminum ... Make it shine like chrome

When restoring old motorcycle it's very common to have metal that is corroded and looks terrible.

Aluminum is the easiest metal to polish. All it takes is a drill and cotton buffing wheel with polishing compound.

Use the different compounds to get the desired amount of shine on the metal. It's quite easy.

You can also use a "Scotch Brite" pad between the buffing stages to rough the finish a bit so the buffing gets the metal brighter.

I've used this process on Honda GoldWing intake tubes & valve covers and it works great.

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maxeen wrote on December 2, 2014, 10:20 AM

It is so nice to see those scratches and rusty bits disappear,I used to work in my Dads garage in the old days. days when cars had Character..

sward wrote on December 2, 2014, 10:36 AM

Agree, older car have great character. If you want to get rust off of chrome, scrub with an aluminum foil ball dipped in Coke. The rust will be removed and aluminium deposited in it's place. Not perfect but it helps.

maxeen wrote on December 2, 2014, 11:50 AM

Thanks! will pass it on to the kids,I just do loads of dog walkin
g these days, and collecting collectables..

sward wrote on December 2, 2014, 11:52 AM

Very nice. May I ask what breed of dogs?

Donna_Thacker wrote on December 2, 2014, 1:45 PM

There is a product called "At Ease" made by Shaklee that works great on all motorcycle parts to make it shiny and clean. My husband used to spend hours cleaning and shining his bike. Now I use At Ease for household things. It's great

sward wrote on December 2, 2014, 2:01 PM

Excellent, Thanks for the Tip!

scheng1 wrote on December 16, 2014, 12:21 AM

I heard that toothpaste works too, but I have not tried it.

sward wrote on December 16, 2014, 7:59 AM

Toothpaste works very well but don't get the gel type. The old fashioned white works best due to the grit. It also works for wet sanding headlights that are a little foggy