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Author: Subject: Cleaning Aluminium Panels
GaryM

posted on 15/2/21 at 05:01 PM Reply With Quote
Cleaning Aluminium Panels

Can anyone suggest any products/techniques for cleaning slightly oxidized aluminium body panels?

I'm not looking to polish them to a shine or mirror finish, just restore them to closer to what they they looked like when they were new.

Thanks in advance.

Gary

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JeffHs

posted on 15/2/21 at 05:35 PM Reply With Quote
California Custom Purple polish.
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rusty nuts

posted on 15/2/21 at 05:37 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by JeffHs
California Custom Purple polish.


X2 , they also do a deoxidiser

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BAS

posted on 15/2/21 at 06:04 PM Reply With Quote
Wire wool and WD40. Plus a lot of elbow grease! Do a small area at a time to relieve the boredom.
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johnH20

posted on 15/2/21 at 06:43 PM Reply With Quote
ACF 50. Adds corrosion protection film
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BAS

posted on 15/2/21 at 10:23 PM Reply With Quote
Also work in one direction with the wire wool, not round in circles.
Haven't tried ACF 50.

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coyoteboy

posted on 16/2/21 at 10:42 AM Reply With Quote
Brasso. I've had a true mirror finish from brasso on alu. Protecting them is another thing, I've never kept alu mirror finish for more than a day





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number-1

posted on 16/2/21 at 05:54 PM Reply With Quote
I used Autoglym metal polish, leave it to dry then wipe off with rag doused in paraffin.

Over winter i would cover it in Autoglym and leave it on the car until the spring, then wipe away with a rag and paraffin as my entire car was ali body


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Angel Acevedo

posted on 23/2/21 at 06:46 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by BAS
Wire wool and WD40. Plus a lot of elbow grease! Do a small area at a time to relieve the boredom.


My sides were done with brushed finis alu, but were so badly scratched and spot corroded, that I went this route.

It looks patchy now, but I reckon I can get a pretty uniform looking finish with reasonable effort.
HTH.





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GaryM

posted on 23/2/21 at 08:00 PM Reply With Quote
Thanks to all those that posted.

I've certainly got lots of options :-)

Gary

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Mr Whippy

posted on 24/2/21 at 02:55 AM Reply With Quote
Tbh it's a losing battle that will become a complete chore. I had a bare metal bonnet on my JBA Falcon for several years but eventually got fed up trying to keep it looking nice and opted to paint it to match the rest of the car. Polishing or cleaning ali panels is also a right mucky job, wear gloves. I used either T cut or metal polish depending on how much it needed cleaning.
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