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Old 09-23-2004, 09:34 PM   #1
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How do ya do that? I'm trying to polish the inside of my spare TB.

I got some... *runs to shed to get tub of it*... "TurtleWax Rubbing Compound Heavy Duty Cleaner, Removes scratches & stains" in little tub. It doesn't remove the little scratches.

I also got some "TurtleWax Polishing Compound And Scratch Remover, Restores showroom shine", While that'* exactly what I want to end up with, This stuff doesn't work either.

They both do like nothing the first few times you hit an area, But I did one little spot like 30 times and it'* about halfway to done. I'm doing this with an old cotton t-shirt, Putting a little on the rag and rubbing it on the surface til it starts to get kinda thick feeling, Then wiping it off and hitting the area with a clean area of cloth. Repeat. That seems to work, Just nowhere near fast enough... Is there some higher powered stuff? Or am I just doing it wrong?
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Both of those are too fine of a cut to start with. You need to start with wet/dry sandpaper, about 200 grit, then 400, then 600, then 1200. Using warm, soapy water. After that, some metal polish on a dremel or die-grinder.
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o0o0o... Doing it wrong then, Well close for a guess, I guess. Thanks.
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Woah. This definatly works. I hit it with 400 600 and 1K. That'* nice....
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They call me Mr. Aluminum. Now hit it with some Simichrome polish or similar.
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There'* something that will make it shiny-er?

I'm uploading pics right now, It looks nice.
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Try some Mothers ALuminum polish after sanding prep. I put my polishing wheel on low speed and got to town. If your patient you can make it look like a mirror... for a while.

My challenge has always been protecting it after the polish

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