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Old 07-17-2012, 10:36 PM   #1
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Anyone know a thing or two about aluminum polishing?

I'd like to polish my intake plenum in a couple weeks and could use some easy to follow tips to get this done. What tools and materials will I need? Thanks
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Here are a few small things. 1000 and 2000 grit sandpaper steel wool scotchbrite pad. Elbow grease and a rubbing polishing compound like mothers. I have a small example. You can make dam near any metal part shine with enough rubbing.
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Check summit or jegs. They sell nice polishing kits that come with everything you need.
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Here are a few small things. 1000 and 2000 grit sandpaper steel wool scotchbrite pad. Elbow grease and a rubbing polishing compound like mothers. I have a small example. You can make dam near any metal part shine with enough rubbing.
I'm currently testing the polishing on my 5.0 H.O intake plate. I first used 60 grit sand paper and sanded like there was no tomorow and until all baked metal and paint came off, then hit it again with 100 untill it looked smoother. Then sand it with then 200,400,600,1000,2000, it looks pretty good but I don't know what to do when it comes to buffing with compounds and buffing tools. How better of a shine do you get once it's properly buffed with the right stuff?
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I'm currently testing the polishing on my 5.0 H.O intake plate. I first used 60 grit sand paper and sanded like there was no tomorow and until all baked metal and paint came off, then hit it again with 100 untill it looked smoother. Then sand it with then 200,400,600,1000,2000, it looks pretty good but I don't know what to do when it comes to buffing with compounds and buffing tools. How better of a shine do you get once it's properly buffed with the right stuff?
You get a great shine.. We use mothers ware I work (detailing) which on any open metal it work better then anything.. That was done with no sanding..

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You get a great shine.. We use mothers ware I work (detailing) which on any open metal it work better then anything.. That was done with no sanding..
Wow now that's what I'm talking about. I can see the photographer in that wheel!
What do i need and Where do I get it all in one store? I want to do that to my weld draglites aswell, they just need a buff.
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Wow now that's what I'm talking about. I can see the photographer in that wheel!
What do i need and Where do I get it all in one store? I want to do that to my weld draglites aswell, they just need a buff.
That's me lol about 1 and half hours per rim.. If not more..

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Wow now that's what I'm talking about. I can see the photographer in that wheel!
What do i need and Where do I get it all in one store? I want to do that to my weld draglites aswell, they just need a buff.
Mothers is in a white and red container.. And the we have a buffing cone.. But I like to use a microfiber rag....
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Ok so the buffing cones and pads are abrasive or not? Or does the compound have little crystals in it that brings out the shine?
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Ok so the buffing cones and pads are abrasive or not? Or does the compound have little crystals in it that brings out the shine?
Nether.. It litterly works like magic..

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Nice. So I'm gonna start sanding my intake plenum down to 2000 grit then begin buffing.
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Show pics when you do. There are some videos on YouTube. A guy polishes his gt40 intake and shows all the steps
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Show pics when you do. There are some videos on YouTube. A guy polishes his gt40 intake and shows all the steps
This is my intake plate, I was able to get this done last night and painted the letters black. I didint buff it. Still gotta get a buffer. I'm planing to do this to my whole intake but I do it little by little because I drive it every day and can't keep taking it off. But I'll post some pics of the whole thing once I'm done.
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Here are a couple of my overflow tank and power steering tank ! I started with 400 grit paper and finished with 2000 , I used buffing wheels that mounted to a drill and mothers polishing compound followed by a polish and had buff with never dull wadding polish. Before and after pics!!
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Hell yeah that's some elbow grease. Nice work 😃
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Here are a couple of my overflow tank and power steering tank ! I started with 400 grit paper and finished with 2000 , I used buffing wheels that mounted to a drill and mothers polishing compound followed by a polish and had buff with never dull wadding polish. Before and after pics!!
How long did that tank in the 2nd pic take you?
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How long did that tank in the 2nd pic take you?
The overflow tank took me about 7 hrs in total from start to finish , as you can see from the pic there was a lot of tooling marks so I had spent quite a bit of time sanding them out, the power steering tank took about 3 hrs , I would also like to say thanks to everyone who liked the pics !!!
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The overflow tank took me about 7 hrs in total from start to finish , as you can see from the pic there was a lot of tooling marks so I had spent quite a bit of time sanding them out, the power steering tank took about 3 hrs , I would also like to say thanks to everyone who liked the pics !!!
Wow I can't wait to be done with my polish project !!!
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Heres my process so far on my intake, first pic is before I began, last pic is intake almost done, sanded to 800 so far no polish yet, it's been a week since I began and it looks better everyday. What grit should I stop at to begin polishing with compounds?
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Heres my process so far on my intake, first pic is before I began, last pic is intake almost done, sanded to 800 so far no polish yet, it's been a week since I began and it looks better everyday. What grit should I stop at to begin polishing with compounds?
The intake is looking great , I would hit it with the 1000 then buff out a little area to see if I liked the shine if it's what you want go to town on buffing it out, if you want more shine after you buff your test area hit it with the 2000 then buff , I would skip the 1500 grit and just go from 1000-2000
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The intake is looking great , I would hit it with the 1000 then buff out a little area to see if I liked the shine if it's what you want go to town on buffing it out, if you want more shine after you buff your test area hit it with the 2000 then buff , I would skip the 1500 grit and just go from 1000-2000
Ok, ive already bought the 1000 for when I get down to that level. I went and bought some aircraft stripper (not the spray, the green gel in a tin can) it helped a lot getting the powdercoat off because the paint would gum up my sand paper. I also bought some eagle one never dull wadding polish, it's a big cotton ball soaked with polish and you rip a small piece and wipe dirt off then buff it up. Would it be wise to do a small corner of the intake to 2000 grit and polish and buff to test results when the rest isn't done yet?
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Ok, ive already bought the 1000 for when I get down to that level. I went and bought some aircraft stripper (not the spray, the green gel in a tin can) it helped a lot getting the powdercoat off because the paint would gum up my sand paper. I also bought some eagle one never dull wadding polish, it's a big cotton ball soaked with polish and you rip a small piece and wipe dirt off then buff it up. Would it be wise to do a small corner of the intake to 2000 grit and polish and buff to test results when the rest isn't done yet?
You can test a small corner with the 2000 if you like test one corner with a 1000 grit then buff and polish then compare the two corners and see which one you like better I bet it will be the 2000 grit shine!!! LOL!!!!
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You can test a small corner with the 2000 if you like test one corner with a 1000 grit then buff and polish then compare the two corners and see which one you like better I bet it will be the 2000 grit shine!!! LOL!!!!
Alright, got work the next 2 days but Monday I'll try that and post more pics.
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Alright, got work the next 2 days but Monday I'll try that and post more pics.
Cool I would love to see it when it's finished !!!!
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Anyone ever heard of white diamond I use it a lot. It works great!
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Anyone ever heard of white diamond I use it a lot. It works great!
No, send me a sample tube and I'll try it out.
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These are the materials I used when I started the buffing process , all these pads work with a standard drill
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These are the materials I used when I started the buffing process , all these pads work with a standard drill
Where can I buy this stuff all in one place? I've checked autozone and discount autoparts and napa but they don't carry the pads but the compounds yes
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Where can I buy this stuff all in one place? I've checked autozone and discount autoparts and napa but they don't carry the pads but the compounds yes
I picked up all the pads at sears in the tool section but my local paint and body supply shop also had them
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No, send me a sample tube and I'll try it out.
Lol ill post some pics of stuff I've used it on
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I buffed the bottom three tubes on the intake with mothers white polish and it looks pretty good, it's just a test to see what it would look like. Still got the other side to finish sanding then buff.
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Dam you did all that with the intake on the car???? Your crazy.. How does the back feel?

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Btw from the pics it looks awesome but I know in person how it is. When I polished my stuff it didn't get the absolute shine I wanted but it definitely looks 10 times better
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Dam you did all that with the intake on the car???? Your crazy.. How does the back feel?

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Btw from the pics it looks awesome but I know in person how it is. When I polished my stuff it didn't get the absolute shine I wanted but it definitely looks 10 times better
No, when I began I took it completely off and sanded the back up to 220 until I realized that it's not gonna be shown. So I just gave it a coat of clear and continued the top. The back looks like billet. What sucks about this is that the polish job looks a lot better in photos because you can spot imperfections in person.
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