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Technical polished aluminum preservation ?

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by hardtimesainit, Sep 4, 2018.

  1. hardtimesainit
    Joined: Jan 24, 2009
    Posts: 374


    Lots of elbow grease and $ gone into making aluminum shine. Concern is....Oxide follows soon after !
    I've read about magic elixirs / processes , till blurry eyed, without satisfaction.
    If you have actually used some process/product that has given you great results/satisfaction in preserving your engines polished aluminum shine, would you share that with all in need ?
  2. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 4,036

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    For 55 years + ,I've just kept polishing{ love doing it,one thing I've learned,is if I didn't ? I know I would not of found things about to come apart,or some cracks etc. So showing some love to my hot rod,as in fact saved it an me a number of times. The same hot rod I built for high school in 1959,is still shiny,an a fun ride on dry weekends.
    There are some pertty good alum rim polishs out now,work better then older stuff. One I like is Mother's,but a few others seem good too.

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  3. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 46,844


    Move to Arizona. Or at least east of the mountains.
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  4. 35WINDOW
    Joined: Jul 7, 2005
    Posts: 454


    This is the best stuff I've found-

    Sharkhyde works too, but I have a problem getting it on uniformly-now,when someone perfects a good, clear Urethane that doesn't yellow-
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  5. Pretty much any 'coating' over polished aluminum will have more shortcomings than advantages IMO. No matter what it is, sooner or later oxidization will get under it and now you're faced with removing the coating to re-buff. Most coatings tend to 'dull' the polish too. The better the durability, the harder it will be to remove. Elbow grease and wax, that's my choice....
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  6. I have used WENOL on these wheels and valve covers for 17 years......apply once a year and they stay great. Neither have a coating of any sort.....just WENOL polish. DSCN0590.JPG
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  7. Special Ed
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 6,117

    Special Ed

    I had some aluminum side moldings made for my car almost twenty years ago. I polished them to shine like chrome, then had clear powdercoating applied. They still look like new.
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  8. DennieC
    Joined: Jul 25, 2018
    Posts: 38


    I use Mother's aluminum polish on hot rod, Harley and another car. After polishing I use car wax to keep the metal shiny and it stays shiny for a long time. Oxygen combines with aluminum in a very thin layer which prevents further oxidation. I also use car wax on polished bare steel (not stainless) in my hot rod's interior. No sign of rust in ten years. I suspect that some aluminum alloys are more prone to oxidation than others.
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  9. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,410

    from Berry, AL

    I remember a product being on the market a few years ago, Stoops, or Zoops, or something like that, it was supposed to just for that purpose. I never tried it, I'm not much of a polisher, most of my aluminum is as cast or smoothed out, but not polished.
  10. Dangerous Dan
    Joined: Jul 10, 2011
    Posts: 357

    Dangerous Dan
    from Graham Wa.

    I use a product called Shark Hide sold by Eastwood. I used it on all the aluminum, polished, on my off topic car over 7 years ago and everything still still looks as good as the day I polished it. I even used it on my wheels and have never waxed or had to polish anything on the car. Google it and read the whole web site about it uses. STH72713.JPG
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  11. Like Dana said keep polishing. I did it as a job for a long time. There is nothing that works long term if exposed to weather.

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  12. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 2,235

    from NKy

    Polished a ton of parts on the old Harley’s over the years , you get lax , it will remind you it’s time to repolish .
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  13. dan31
    Joined: Jul 3, 2011
    Posts: 1,051


    Busch's aluminum polish . Almost all of our trucks had polished tanks,wheels,mirrors ect. tried everything ,nothing else even comes close except clear coat maybe.
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  14. alwaysamopar
    Joined: Oct 2, 2015
    Posts: 115


    It's my type of therapy. .. 000_0025.jpeg

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  15. hardtimesainit
    Joined: Jan 24, 2009
    Posts: 374


    Thanks to all for your input/help !
    I will look into sharkhide , Busch and all other products mentioned.
    I just need to do this job one and done, as I have bad hands (arthritis / operations) and they swell for days after some intense use. I do all my own work, but may have to settle for less than constant care/shine. Bad genetics and ageing is not ideal.
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  16. 35WINDOW
    Joined: Jul 7, 2005
    Posts: 454


    Zoops polish was discontinued, and the Employees restarted the Company and now calls it Shine Seal-
  17. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 5,721

    A Boner

    Yes, car wax.
  18. I have almost 50 years of using Autosol aluminum polish , tried many others & always come back to this. A coating of Turtle wax paste in the flat can helps prolong the oxidation.
  19. Bluestone
    Joined: Dec 25, 2016
    Posts: 40


    I read this somewhere; old motorcycle restorers tip: polish first then remove wax residuals and then rinse with pure alcohol (rectified spirit?). This will prevent or at least slower oxidation.:oops:
  20. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 6,859

    Bandit Billy

    I live in a hospitable climate for the most part and I haven't experienced the oxidation you speak of but I was just thinking, if you spray on a little gibbs after the polish work is done? It might slow oxidation. To eliminate oxidation you have to eliminate the oxygen from getting the aluminum, so it goes to figure that clear coat, wax or a metal protectant would be a logical choice.
    My frame and body were bare steel for a few years while I was building, Gibbs kept it looking good during those naked days.
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  21. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 3,010


  22. I use Mothers, and some elbow action. WIN_20170423_12_34_39_Pro.jpg
  23. hardtimesainit
    Joined: Jan 24, 2009
    Posts: 374


    Hm, close to dozen various products recommended , thus far !
    Zoops, now Shineseal will get a second look for the job.
    The alcohol wash is different/interesting idea !
    Any others ?
  24. Back in the day I used to spray parts with clear "Imron" after they were polished and prepped.
  25. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 975


    x2 for WENOL. I've been using it since I got turned on to it back in the mid 1980s.
    I've also used Autosol in the past with good results.
  26. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,866

    from So Cal

    So where are all the manly men coming here to post about how they'd rather drive a car than polish it? WTF guys, where are you?

    I don't have any input on what to use to seal and protect polished aluminum, like most of the others I just keep polishing it. The best polish I've ever found is Happich Semichrome:

    Never Dull is easy and works quick, but the shine doesn't last as long:

    To just clean the surface and give a light polish, Pledge furniture wax. Use it on the whole car, tires too.
  27. hardtimesainit
    Joined: Jan 24, 2009
    Posts: 374


    Again, thanks for sharing your experiences !
    I find that Wenol is a polish.
    I’ve already polished my parts. They need some type of sealing...against air/elements.
    Shineseal claims to be sealant. Expensive product though !
    Q: Is it so that (usually) the better/best product is also most expensive ?
    Sort of like the old get what you pay for.
  28. I use Mother's on my bike. Works for me.
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  29. Sadly, I park my truck on my driveway in San Diego without a hood, so oxidation on my aluminum parts and everything else drives me ABSOLUTELY wacko.

    What about Eastwood Diamond Clear? Anyone have experience using this on polished aluminum?

    I tried Eastwood Diamond Clear on a beautiful new factory polished aluminum water pump right out of the box. The next day it peeled off like sheets of plastic. Maybe there was still residue polishing compound or wax on the water pump? I'm going to re-polish and try prepping with lacquer thinner or acetone before giving it another try with Diamond Clear.
  30. chubbie
    Joined: Jan 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,306


    I've been using original rain X on polished aluminum so far so good

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