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    I have just received some alloy trim strips for the Dauphine but much of it is quite faded due to oxidation.

    I've tried cutting auto polish but it's not working.

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    Before I go to the pro's has anyone any ideas?

    I have a decent bench grinder. Is it time to buy a buffing wheel??
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    Yes, a calico buffing wheel, some Autosol and a modicum of elbow grease will have them looking better than they were as new.

    Do wear glasses, a decent mask and old clothes because it gets messy after a while.

    The result is worth the effort in doing it yourself.

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    We used Autosol and corrugated cardboard and plenty of elbow grease. A trick the son used to polish his buttons in the army.

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    if its pitted use some wet and dry paper on it first. if they are alloy, they will soon tarnish again unless you find a way of protecting them

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    Do not know the name but my panel man had a product not sold to the public that turned an old piece of seemingly scrap alloy into what looked like a new item. Quite toxic I imagine but the results were amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleChevron View Post
    if its pitted use some wet and dry paper on it first. if they are alloy, they will soon tarnish again unless you find a way of protecting them

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    My friends in aviation engineering told me never to use wet & dry on aluminium alloy, as it leaves microscopic particles which corrode the alloy. They recommend to use Scotchbrite (the green abrasive side), and I have no reason to doubt their knowledge. It has worked for me. It does leave a "brushed" finish, so may not be suitable if you want the super shiny finish?

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    Chrome plate your aluminium trim. No-one will ever know!
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    I mentioned this recently on this forum in respect of resurfacing motor commutators; it also gets into the copper on these so the recommended abrasive paper is 'glasspaper' or garnet paper and the like.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fordman View Post
    My friends in aviation engineering told me never to use wet & dry on aluminium alloy, as it leaves microscopic particles which corrode the alloy. They recommend to use Scotchbrite (the green abrasive side), and I have no reason to doubt their knowledge. It has worked for me. It does leave a "brushed" finish, so may not be suitable if you want the super shiny finish?

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    I find this type of painters sandpaper works well to remove pitting and grime before moving onto scouring pads, polishes etc. I find it works best when sanding with water.


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