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Old 08-18-2003, 16:59   #1 (permalink)
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polishing alloys

G'day all,
I have got some NA Fairlaine alloys here and im going to fit them to my EB but I wanted to polish them up like new, So they are reale shiny and nice looking .

What would every one else recomend for the job i thought silvo but any ideas / sugestions would be appriciated also is there a protective coating i can put on afterwards to keep them looking good (wax ?) or do i just need to polish occasionally


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Old 08-18-2003, 17:15   #2 (permalink)
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Re: polishing alloys

There would be a protective coating on them now so putting silvo on them now will not do any good. I had mine polished by a professional and he chemicaly stripped the alloys to get rid of the powder coating first, then polished with polishing soap.
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Re: polishing alloys

I suggest a fine sandpaper (180 grit to start with, then a 900 grit to polish), followed by a tough eurathane clear coat or something similar.
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Re: polishing alloys

What chemicals are safe to use on alloy to remove paint? any old paint stripper?
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Re: polishing alloys

chrisc, I had some horrid looking alloy mags on my Falcon, I took them off and sanded them back to take off the clear coat with some 200 grit sand paper. If you sit there long enough, you can actually sand out the machining marks left behind when the wheels are made. They look really shiny if you then go over it with some 800 grit, then again with some 2000 grit. I didn't put a clear coat back on them, and subsequently had to polish them with some silvo ever time I washed my car to keep them clean. Sanding down the rims took me around 2 hours per rim, make sure you use wet and dry sand paper and plenty of water. They will come up looking 1000% better than before!!!
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Mothers have a product out now that is really milky and really brings out the shine, and if you are ably too, try and get a polishing wheel onto it and this will bring a deeper gloss to it.

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