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Old 01-25-2009, 02:20 PM
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ok, im de-anodizing my revo 3.3 chassis as we speak, it has maybe 10 more min till done. i plan to polish it to a nice chrome finish. any advice?
Old 01-25-2009, 02:24 PM
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Default RE: Best aluminium polish?

I think to get it chrome like, you need a polishing wheel and some compound for your dremel. Hand polishing will definitely make it look nice, but no where near what a rotary polisher or tool can do. I would recommend sanding it finer and finer and then clear coating it. That way the finish will hold up without the upkeep.
Old 01-25-2009, 02:28 PM
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that is a good idea. what grit should i start with, so i can slowly work up. lol, i took it out for about 1 min to look, and it started to oxidize. will the polish keep that off?
Old 01-25-2009, 02:37 PM
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Polishing and clear coating will keep the bare metal from oxidizing, yes. Go to your local auto parts store. They have the really fine grit sandpaper for wetsanding paint. Pick the finest and then step back 1-2 more grits. Don't get to abrasive or you will make more work for yourself.
Old 01-25-2009, 02:39 PM
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ok, how to keep it from oxidizing immediately after i pull it from the sollution?
Old 01-25-2009, 02:47 PM
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You can usually work with bare metal and get it painted or polished before oxidizing. Once you get whatever cleaner off that you are using to de-ano, you shouldn't see it oxidize quickly. When the ano is off and you thoroughly wash it, you shouldn't see it oxidize at all.
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ok, i'll just be with the quickness when im doing this.
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Post pictures when you are done!
Old 01-25-2009, 03:41 PM
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ok, now i just have to get the sandpaper. im working on the polishing, but i dont have the right equipment. i'll buy some felt tips for my neighbors dremmel.
Old 01-25-2009, 07:11 PM
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well, couldn't get a dremmel, but i did get it with some 400 grit paper. ok shine, but still see the grit marks, i call it.....the brushed revo. omg, wont let me paste pics....angry! http://s544.photobucket.com/albums/hh336/jikkuria/ it's my photos.
Old 01-25-2009, 09:54 PM
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here's some pic's of it all put togeather, minus the motor and pipe, as well as the other pics i posted a link to. i did clean it up after i took the last pic though, it still had excess polish on it then.




Old 01-25-2009, 10:42 PM
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Default RE: Best aluminium polish?

Nice job she looks great,but take that fuel tank off her and give her a good cleaning..
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Default RE: Best aluminium polish?

Best all 'round metal polish I've ever found is Meguiars NXT All Metal Polish. Use it on my rod and it's good. A little goes a long way. Comes as a paste in a small tub.
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Default RE: Best aluminium polish?

I was able to get a mirror finish with sand paper and polish on a mag-lite flash light once. Like dale said, just go finer and finer on the paper. The polish I used was silvo all purpose. I was surprised by the results myself once the polishing was done.



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Old 01-26-2009, 07:32 PM
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nice, i was using silvo, but i didn't have fine enough sandpaper. i may disassemble the revo and sand it all down with like 600 or something. but i will for sure take the tank off and clean it.
Old 01-27-2009, 10:54 AM
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Nickle Chrome has been a good finishing polish for me, and a wheel and rogue is the only way to get it right without extreme muscle [:@]
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the best polish NEVER DULL Wading polish my own parts they look like krome just did my pipe then etched flames on it looks kool
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post a pic, i think a flame pipe would be cool.

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