yep it works pretty good . I'm going to strip the clear coat off my fork lowers an polish them in the next week or two . I'll post a pic when I'm through. Something else you can use is 2000 grit wet / dry sand paper . You can get it at any autobody supply.tnhunter said:I was watching the biker build off and one of the guys took steel wool and then polish and turned aluminum into a chrome shine. Can this be done to my aluminum engine covers? Anyone tried this?
Eagle one --nevrdull-wading polish.It works good at cleaning up the alum. an even helps it shine . But I usually go back over the part with mothers an it really helps it shine. I might try some of the other products mentioned above if I can find them. Theres always something better to use,An these guys have mentioned a few to try.tileandslate said:I cannot remember the name of the product but you can get it at an outomotive store. I think we get ours at O'Reilly's but I am sure others carry it. Anyway, it comes in a small silver can and when you open it all you see is this handful of what looks like old wool insulation. The stuff is awesome though. I just finished restoring an old fire truck withthis stuff and the aluminaum diamond plate looked awful. This stuff made it look like a mirror finish, and that's on diamond plate with alot of wear and tear. You just take out a little piece of this stuff and lightly rub it on the aluminum in small sections and it sleans and polishes the aluminum. Then you just wipe it down with a clean towel and PRESTO.
Everybody who said something about needing to continuously polish it though is true. The coating that forms on aluminum is called a Patina and actually protects the metal from further oxidation (same thing happens on copper, brass, lead, zinc etc... etc...). So every time you shine it up you are exposing fresh metal to further oxidation and basically making it rust away but without the little red stains. That being said, it would probably take 50 or 60 years of polishing to wear into a piece of structural type aluminum to wear it down to the point of failure.
SO POLISH THAT BABY UP.
P.S. I would probably shy away from the steel wool unless your metal is heavily coated with patina. Steel wool is very abrasive even at the 0000 level. Yours shouldn't be in that bad of shape and a polish should do wonderfully for you.