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Old 04-17-2006, 09:14 PM
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Brushed Aluminum Look on Steel

Can chromed trim parts and or a chrome bumper be treated to look like a brushed aluminum look?

I thought I saw something on one of those 'chopper build off' shows where a guy put chrome parts into a big churning bath of little milky nugget things for a long time and got this look.

Any ideas on how to do it?

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Brushed aluminum is done with a process called "graining", which basically involves taking a belt sander that turns at a slow speed and applying it to the metal surface. This creates the parallel lines that give brushed aluminum its "brushed" look.

Places that do anodizing will usually also offer graining services. If you bring it somewhere, have them show you a test piece done with the same belt they will use on your piece. I have been surprised at how deep the scratches have been with new belts, and have often had them use old belts for my work.

The problem here is that if you do that to steel, it would look fine until it started rusting a day later. Because of this, you would have to send the part out to be nickle plated to prevent rusting. Make sure they don't polish it or all the graining will disappear.

There may be other ways to acheive this look on steel, but that's what I would do.

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This what your looking for ? I do this with a Norton sanding sponge ,med grit- wet . Remember to add alittle dish soap to the water makes it much easier. I have left pipes like this for months without rust but then again they are rarely out in the rain. U could clear with a semi or flat clear to seal the finish .





takes some time to do the heat shields and small parts. think u would have to do a bumber in steps then do your bumber length straight sandin at the end just to uniform it up.
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This what your looking for ? .....
yes, that's the look, although I can't see real close. ideally have the grain fine enough that you can't see lines. Maybe follow on with some rubbing compound?

thanks for the ideas, i'll fool around with em a bit.
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