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Old 10-23-2017, 09:31 PM   #1
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Polishing aluminum parts.. halp!!!

I have an intake off a 1993 Cobra mustang that I have sand blasted and cleaned really well. I was going to have it powder coated, then I wanted to have it air brushed, but now I want to polish it..

I've never done this before so any help is what I'm searching for..

I'm assuming that after sand blasting, the next step is to hand sand till smooth. The part I'm not sure about is what polish?? Is there a go to polish for stuff like this? Basically a Mr Miagi type thing? Wax on wax off? As always any help or tips is greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:35 PM   #2
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I have an intake off a 1993 Cobra mustang that I have sand blasted and cleaned really well. I was going to have it powder coated, then I wanted to have it air brushed, but now I want to polish it..



I've never done this before so any help is what I'm searching for..



I'm assuming that after sand blasting, the next step is to hand sand till smooth. The part I'm not sure about is what polish?? Is there a go to polish for stuff like this? Basically a Mr Miagi type thing? Wax on wax off? As always any help or tips is greatly appreciated.


Being a casting itís likely to take a lot of sanding to look right. Progressively finer paper will get it there with time. There are many polishes you could use. A google search will find them. They come in paste and crayon type form. The issue youíre going to have is getting a wheel in the hard to reach areas. Itís definitely gonna suck
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Being a casting itís likely to take a lot of sanding to look right. Progressively finer paper will get it there with time. There are many polishes you could use. A google search will find them. They come in paste and crayon type form. The issue youíre going to have is getting a wheel in the hard to reach areas. Itís definitely gonna suck
Would it just be more practical to just have it painted? I'd like to polish it but I've never done it so I don't want to test it out on something that will make me hate it right off the start
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Would it just be more practical to just have it painted? I'd like to polish it but I've never done it so I don't want to test it out on something that will make me hate it right off the start


Yes! Paint, hydro dip, or PC
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Appreciate the advice!
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Let's see the piece. Bluewave is on point, follow his advice. If you've ever had to maintain polished aluminum, you know how much work goes into keeping it in tip top shape.
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Id PC or paint it and be done. Less of a headache all around. Polished aluminum sucks lol. My fingers hurt just thinking about it Especially on that intake.
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You can PC that looks close to polished
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