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yellow jacket
10-05-2011, 08:36 PM
Well winter is here and it's time to start polishing all of the aluminum on my motor so if any of you guys have any tips tricks or shot cuts, what's the best polishes, the best tools to use. Any knowledge and ideas will be great :)

wolfie
10-05-2011, 09:08 PM
The best tip, trick, or shortcut is to send it to someone else to do!!! :biggrin:

That being said, I hear Metal Wax is really good.

http://metalwax.com/

roblock
10-05-2011, 09:40 PM
Well winter is here and it's time to start polishing all of the aluminum on my motor so if any of you guys have any tips tricks or shot cuts, what's the best polishes, the best tools to use. Any knowledge and ideas will be great :)


I found that there are no shortcuts.... but I sure looked for them :biggrin:

You can make that old aluminum look like chrome if you are willing to take some parts off. And you will want to use some tools...

Try this page, and the one that follows: http://www.vintagejetboats.com/forum/index.php?topic=569.30

Alot of guys chimed in and gave me the advice I needed. Seems there is another thread about the subject too, I just can't remember where.

"THE ADVOCATE"
10-05-2011, 09:52 PM
I am a lazy carpel tunnel sufferer. Found a local guy that polishes in his garage for a reasonable price, will post on results. Only brought bell housing and TR and scoop for first try. Headers are next...

Kona Kandi
10-05-2011, 09:58 PM
Elbow grease :4_1_72:

David
10-05-2011, 10:03 PM
The one thing I've heard about polishing is to not mix your compounds on your wheels. The compunds get mixed up in the cloth and don't perform properly.
Also wet sanding first seems to be quite helpful depending on the condition of the aluminum.
I did a search on youtube and found some great videos a while back...

wolfie
10-06-2011, 12:57 AM
When I did my logs I started with 320, then 600, then I used a cutting grit on a wheel, then the polishing grit.

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78_Tahiti
10-06-2011, 01:35 AM
After much practice! :redface: Nothing deserves more pride then a well polished machine. The only part I would consider sending out to have polished is a virgin tunnel ram! I think I spent 40 hours of spare time in the evenings, about 100 3m scuff discs, and can proudly say. If I ever sell this tunnel ram, its gonna cost the buyer a Grand! LOL!

yellow jacket
10-06-2011, 10:49 AM
This is what i'm starting with

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wolfie
10-06-2011, 11:51 AM
This is what I started with.
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78_Tahiti
10-06-2011, 12:01 PM
Thats not bad at all! Most of it was polished at one time! That makes it much easier! Heres that TR I mentioned.
http://a2.l3-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/86/4320cd96ed144da0b3a185d0e53aa652/l.jpg
http://a4.l3-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/77/4db42876f16d423e8f9e206a5ecc4e34/l.jpg
http://a1.l3-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/73/6d5d0d68d1084d65a05bbec542a13a26/l.jpg
http://a2.l3-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/79/54ddb12cc7884c5990c627946c1554ae/l.jpg
I also made a stainless steel scoop for it as well!
http://a3.l3-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/23/a99d82de9d5a4c138c3415a5e0fefe03/l.jpg

Kona Kandi
10-06-2011, 12:07 PM
Very nice :cheers: