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Old 09-20-2012, 08:50 PM
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I'd like to restore the shine and take out some minor scratches in my project. Any advice on a buffer and compound to use?
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:14 PM
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Nuvite. That's what I used!
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:22 PM
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Are there types of buffers, pad sizes or pad types?
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:28 PM
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Are you planning to have a painted or polished finish? If you are planning to paint then dont touch it. You may contaminate the surface causing adhesion problems later.
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:51 PM
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I am planning on painting. I'd like to get some scratches out and some of the years of grime.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:08 PM
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If you will be painting, don't polish.

How deep are these scratches?
If they are superficial they will be removed in the paint prep process.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:31 PM
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The problem isn't so much the polishing, but the chemicals if you use buffing compound or polish. Silicone is not a good mix with paint. Buffing with a clean pad shouldn't be a problem - you will have to rough it up with a scotch guard pad and clean real well before you paint anyway, but don't use polish if you are going to paint.
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:29 AM
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Thanks everybody for your advice. Not gonna polish.
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:41 AM
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I am planning on painting. I'd like to get some scratches out and some of the years of grime.
Yep, don't polish with nuvite - sorry I thought you were polishing.
Good luck with your project!
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:50 AM
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I don't know whether it would give the finish everyone is looking for, but I know a quick, easy way to put a pretty good shine on aluminum. I buff it with micro balloons. There is no chemical problem and it does a nice job, and quickly. While you rub, you create incredibly small glass particles that really cut. I wouldn't allow it to get into anything like the engine or bearings, but that would be true of all cutting polishes. Try it on a scrap and see how nicely it works!

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