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Old 03-16-2015, 08:23 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Ian G. View Post
No argument from me that the Simichrome also coats the surface with a protective coating which would help, same a using a mild abrasive by hand would also improve the shine. Polishing metal is accomplished by progressively honing the surface to a finer and smoother finish.

If you are into woodworking take rough lumber and progressively sand it down with finer and finer sandpaper, the grain becomes more defined, if after say 320 grit sanding you apply a varnish or lacquer finish it will look very nice, but if you keep sanding down to 400, 600 and finer, then sand in an oil finish to that wood the visual depth of the grain and the patinal becomes spectacular.

The same principle applies to polishing metal, nothing can compare to either the work required or the results from using a proper polishing process on an aluminum finish.
The Oposter didn't say what level of finish they wanted but if they want it shiny follow Ian's lead.
I have worked in an aluminum polishing shop in the past and he is correct in the prep and polish of aluminum.

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Old 03-17-2015, 01:05 AM   #16
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Old 03-20-2015, 03:57 PM   #17
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How would you go about removing it from the grooved aluminum on trillium windows. I used aluminum polish last year, but all the little grooves were such a pain, and I have just noticed that someone painted the trim around the rock guard on the front window.
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Old 03-21-2015, 11:06 AM   #18
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Floyd you're a genius. The hand Sani worked like a charm. I had a couple of difficult spots left and and thought I'd give it a try. Not only did it work the belly band smells like berries now! ;-)

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