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Unread 04-28-2014, 09:19 PM   #1
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Default Refinish Aluminum trim

I'm restoring a '95 DS and wondering about the best way to restore the finish on the Aluminum trim around the front body and the side 'bumpers' that run along the foot well. The aluminum pieces (as well as the rest of the cart) have a lot gouges and scratches. Is there a good way to fix these using relatively standard tools? I have a Dremel and a belt sander, but nothing more exotic. I'd like to clean them up, at least, to be a bit more presentable. Thanks.
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Unread 04-28-2014, 09:23 PM   #2
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Dm, file, grinder, sander, prime and paint black IMO.
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Unread 04-28-2014, 09:27 PM   #3
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Scotch brite works good to clean it. If you want you can use mothers polish to shine it.
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Default Re: Refinish Aluminum trim

Files and sanding take some effort,but end with good results.D/A-Sanders with 120-240 grit paper or Cookie-grinders work good with scotch-disks,but move quickly and evenly to prevent removing too much and causing low-spots.For the final finish,you can wet-sand the pieces,then either polish them with something like Mothers Aluminum Polish,or use Scotch-Brute pads for a brushed-finish.Hope this helps.
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Unread 04-28-2014, 09:57 PM   #5
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i did mine in chrome

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Unread 04-29-2014, 09:24 AM   #7
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Start with about a 320 or so wet sandpaper and then move up to 1000-2000 grit then polishing off with Mothers aluminum polish. The higher grit you go will of course make the better mirror finish once the polish is applied.
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Unread 04-29-2014, 11:43 AM   #8
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If dinged up a machine turned finish can be cool, use a drill and a wire brush cup.



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