Prepping Aluminum Interior for Paint/Clear
I am in the process of finishing the aluminum interior pieces for my race car. I would like to clean them up prior to installing them in the car. I have marker lines on them and such where I needed alignment marks, etc...I am thinking about using carb cleaner to remove the lines and other assorted marks. Are there any special problems inherent with this?
Also, I am thinking that I need to cover the raw aluminum with some type of coating to keep from having to polish it all of the time. What is the best way to go about doing this? I'm either going to go with a clear coat, or possibly primer and paint. What do I need to do special to achieve this? I've heard that I will need to condition the aluminum before painting and primering. What do I use to do this? Do I have to do this if I am just going to clear coat it?
Sorry for so many questions, but this is the first time that I have used aluminum instead of sheet metal, and I don't want/can't spend all of my time polishing the aluminum to keep it looking presentable. I want to keep it as maintenance free as possible.
Thanks for any help,