Polishing Aluminium

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Polishing Aluminium

After seeing a pic on here somewhere (can't find it again), I was moved to polish the alloy fuel tank, just the bit that can be seen from the rear (very low).

My arm is about to drop off! And I've not got a mirror like finish yet. Any tips to polish up the alloy (i've got peeks and autoglym metal polish) - can I use my random orbit sander as a polish machine...?

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I will BM you some notes over that were kindly shared with me by another member - mirror finish no problem !!

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BM's heading your way Byebye 

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Get hold of some Mothers Mag and Aluminium polish, apply it to a lambswool bonnet on your orbital sander and go find some sunglasses . . . its impressive stuff.

I attacked the sides of my Dutton, which is abused as a trials car, and lives outside, uncovered.  The bar ali sides were heavily oxidised - within minutes I had a finish in which I could see my reflection.  Obviously, not smooth as the aluminium was covered in dents, dings and other damage - but the overall effect was rather good.

A year later, with no other work, its still pretty shiny.

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Neil - thanks for the notes - blimey that's a lot of work! But it seems I'm on the right track, I don't want to buy a polisher - when I have a random sander already. But thanks for proving the concept - it proves it needs machinery to get the best finish.

Bricol - thanks also - I'll do just that, I'll get a polishing bonnet on the sander and try Mother's - cheers!

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Vintage Airstream restorers use Nuvite aluminium polish for a mirror finish (the stuff was developed for the aircraft industry)

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Here's your target example ....

Lotus Seven Club AR Working Group

The register for all numbered limited-edition Caterhams ....... www.thecaterhamregister.net ...... www.instagram.com/thecaterhamregister

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I have a 5L tin of WADPOL that I do not want - collection only!

I 'acquired' this while still in the mob. The main use was for bare metal finishes especially before the Lightning fighter went NATO cam colours. It was discontinued because overuse wore down rivets & the subsequent build up of dried residue around the rivets caused corrosion!

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Stu, putting that picture up is not really being fair on Felix. 

From what I remember that 7 is not skinned with Bruces standard grade Aluminium, and a whole heap of money was spent on the build. (I think from talking to the owner that his brakes cost more than the complete re-build of my car !!).

It's still gorgeous though and I'd love to go back and visit him one day - to see the beast up close.

Dave

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What's the story of the car? (Above).

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Stu - am I correct in thinking that is Micks car (on Mallorca) ? Or is another picture that you found of a nice shiny Caterham. D