View Full Version : polishing metals??

05-25-2003, 09:46 AM
I was wondering the best way to polish bits of metal and alluminium on my bike a bit for my drill bit, or fine sandpaper? any suggestions plz


05-25-2003, 10:57 AM
best if hand buffing... but if your just bringing the alloy up use wet & dry then a buffing wheel then hand buff for best looks

05-26-2003, 01:26 PM
how do you polish aluminium

05-26-2003, 10:03 PM
Don't try to polish metal, it won't look good and it'll rust. Have the metal chromed or painted, both will last a long time.

Aluminum shouldn't be chromed, the chrome doesn't stick to aluminum very well so it'll eventually flake or chip. The aluminum can be polished pretty easily, you can use a palm sander, a drill, or do it all by hand. The hardest and nastiest part is using the Aircraft Remover to strip the paint or clear coat. Once you get it ready to sand then start rough like 220 or 320 grit, and go all the way up to 2000 grit wet/dry (220,320,400,600,800....2000). After you finish with the 2000, then go over it a few times with a rag & some good polish.