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cinco de whaler posted 01-08-2002 06:15 PM ET (US)   Profile for cinco de whaler   Send Email to cinco de whaler  
I'm trying to polish the heavily oxidized aluminum T-top frame on my 1980 Whaler. Does anyone know of a product that will work or if it can be lightly wet sanded?
Ventura16 posted 01-09-2002 12:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
I've always use Simichrome polish from Germany with great results. Over the years, I've used it on motorcycle engines, auto trim, sailboat masts/booms and other aluminum parts. I haven't looked for it lately, but I imagine it's available from West Marine or Home Depot. I'm sure it would work well on your T-top.

Tom

triblet posted 01-09-2002 12:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Simichrome is good stuff. You can get it
in any big auto supply store. Afterwards,
give it a coat of wax.

But don't overdo it. If you take all the
anodizing off, it will look even worse in
no time.

Chuck

noswah posted 01-09-2002 05:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for noswah  Send Email to noswah     

Most Owner-Operator Semi Owners use an electric buffer and rubbing compound on their polished bud wheels and big aluminum tanks. It works well.
padrefigure posted 01-09-2002 08:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for padrefigure  Send Email to padrefigure     
Depending on the level of corrosion, you can start by rubbing the aluminum parts with aluminum foil. This will break down the top film of aluminum oxide and make polishing easier.
Bigshot posted 01-09-2002 01:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
you can wet sand it too if nasty. use 1000 grit or 1500. Then polish it.
BOB KEMMLER JR posted 01-10-2002 02:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for BOB KEMMLER JR    
THERE IS A PRODUCT CALLED "EXTREME" IT COMES IN A BLACK PLASTIC TUB,IT LOOKS LIKE PINK COTTON CANDY AND YOU JUST TEAR A PIECE OFF AND SCRUB THE PART UNTIL IT STARTS TO TURN BLACK (THE POLISHING MATERIAL) THEN WITH A CLEAN CLOTH WIPE THE RESIDUE OFF. I USE IT ON THE WHEELS ON MY DRAG CAR, LASTS A LONG TIME AND GETS THE BEST SHINE OF ALL THE POLISHES I HAVE TRIED, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET IT AT ANY DECENT TIRE/WHEEL STORE ITS ABOUT $5-$8 A CONTAINER AND IVE BEEN USING THE SAME CONTAINER FOR ABOUT 3 YEARS.

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