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Polish & seal aluminum for motorcycle parts.

I'm rebuilding my 69 Triumph and need info on how to polish and seal the aluminum parts to make her shine and stay that way .. ?? Thanks for any advice ... I need it badly .. !?!?

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i do a lot of alum. polishing, and i get a coulpe of things from these guys.
i have noticed this how-to video , i've never seen it, but i bet you will get some good info.
they have everything you would need in many different size and style kits.
not the cheapest place to buy everything, but its a company with some good stuff.
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I use Master Formula, they are usually at the swap meets and major car events. You can get it on the net as well. A 22 oz. bottle will last forever, seems like, it takes very little to do the job. I am sure there are other good products but I've been using this stuff for years and buy it by the case, give it for Xmas gifts every few years.
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I use Master Formula, they are usually at the swap meets and major car events. You can get it on the net as well. A 22 oz. bottle will last forever, seems like, it takes very little to do the job. I am sure there are other good products but I've been using this stuff for years and buy it by the case, give it for Xmas gifts every few years.
i have never used any type of sealers, so i have no good info there.
i'm interested to hear more about the different sealers, because i'm often asked about these by my polishing customers.
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Polish aluminum

Thanx for the response fellas .. ~~ Back to the emery cloth an then try my hand at the wheel again .. !?!?
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I'm not a lover of Eastwood. Yeah, some of their products are OK and some even very good, but to me much of their stuff that I've seen and even purchased the very few times they have bothered to show up at a car show, even in their home state of PA, are virtually the same as Harbor Freight but much more expensive. The automobile rags(Street Rodder/Rod and Custom, etc.) love 'em, probably for the free advertising for free of very deeply discounted items.

As far as polishing aluminum, here's a better choice. http://www.caswellplating.com/buffs/ I have some of their buffs and polish and it seems to work very nicely. And sealing - probably not going to be happy with any product. I generally just use a good Meguire's wax after a cleaning with Meguire's aluminum polish if its just a bit dirty or oxidized, if bad, then out come the buffs and rouge
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I don't go the shiny route but the ones I know use Zoops seal and their stuff looks good.
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I'm rebuilding my 69 Triumph and need info on how to polish and seal the aluminum parts to make her shine and stay that way .. ?? Thanks for any advice ... I need it badly .. !?!?
I came across some stuff that's called Shark Hyde Aluminum Protectant. I have not tried it did but plan to on my bare metal Iditit column.
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There are a couple of inexpensive texts out there about polishing aluminum and stainless. Worth the money. Aluminum is sometimes anodized to protect it. there are a variety of anodizing finishes. If you buff or polish off that finish the aluminum will oxidize if you don't do something to protect it. Some options are to powder coat with a clear, clear coat or have it re anodized.
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Shark Hyde is very good stuff, a lot of it is used by the pontoon boat folks after they clean the tubes. A good polish is www.gordsaluminumpolish.com. This guy ran polished alum. tanker trucks and developed his own polish, I have used it on all kinds of satin alum and stainless....really shines it up.
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i've found, that after getting something done with the machine.
a light touch up once in a while with some (any brand) hand polishing and then a coat of carnuba wax (if it doesn't get hot-engine parts) is really all i've ever needed.
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After polishing, I have used this stuff: http://www.everbritecoatings.com/wheels.html
I was very happy with the results, it didn't dull the finish and never yellowed, either. One word of caution though, petroleum products will remove it.
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It's old school, but does a great job on polishing aluminum....
http://www.amazon.com/Simichrome-CN-...7049386&sr=8-1
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