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Old 10-21-2009, 04:41 PM   #15
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Man, I didn't want to say this... but I just CANNOT refrain from it....

"Polishing the Belly Band" sounds like a euphamism for... well for something you don't want your mom to catch you doing.

My apologies... but I **HAD** to say it.
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Old 10-21-2009, 07:10 PM   #16
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Steel Wool comes in 8 Grades
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So where did the 00000 come frome that I have in the shop?
It's super fine and makes a great fire starter. All you need is a small piece and a spark from an old, empty, lighter.
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Old 10-10-2014, 01:30 PM   #17
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So after cleaning and polishing, is there anything you can apply to the BB that keeps it from oxidizing again?
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So after cleaning and polishing, is there anything you can apply to the BB that keeps it from oxidizing again?
Wax just like you need to do to protect the Fiberglass shell
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Old 10-12-2014, 08:11 AM   #19
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I prefer Flitz to use on aluminum…

Flitz Wax Protectant

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Yes! Flitz is a great metal polish, and it is also meant for fiberglass, so you can clean up the polish marks on the shell with it after doing the aluminum. If it is kept polished, there is no need for abrasive wool.
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Wax and protectants can help but the amount of maintenance needed to keep polished aluminum bright and shiny depends on how the aluminum was polished.

Think of mill grade aluminum as a fine pile carpet which has a bunch of microscopic fibers, if you use a chemical polish it will remove the oxidation from around each fiber making it look "shiny" but the large surface area around each fiber will oxidize quickly again. Wax and protectants can slow down the oxidation process somewhat, but is will oxidize quicker than anyone would want.

If you polish the aluminum using polishing compounds on power buffing wheels the surface of the aluminum is actually cut and smoothed to a flat smooth surface (no microscopic fibers). The smooth surface has less surface area and actually resist oxidation, in this case the wax and polish will protect the surface for a long time. When polished this way maintenance is very simple and easy, the aluminum will remain shiny with simple waxing and/or a chemical polish protectant wipe.

Mechanical polishing is very labour intensive and messy but well worth the effort if you want the best looking polished aluminum.
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so you can clean up the polish marks on the shell with it after doing the aluminum.
Putting painters tape on the fiberglass when polishing the belly band will save a good deal of clean up time.
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Putting painters tape on the fiberglass when polishing the belly band will save a good deal of clean up time.
Good idea. I usually polish the aluminum first, then wax the shell, so I don't worry about cleanup. If someone wanted to do only the band, the blue tape is a good idea. I do a lot of painting and find the tape expensive, so I'm known to recycle the tape…do a quarter or half way around, then recycle the tape for the rest of the polishing run.
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I used a metal polish made by Turtle Wax. Did a great job of getting off the black oxidation, and the belly band looked great. I haven't done it in a while, and didn't think to put wax on top afterwards. Getting ready to store her for the winter, so one last wash and off she goes...Boo Hoo
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