What is the best polish for metal trim?

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I've tried just about all the polishes on the market, and nothing seems to be able to give my metal trim back it's shine. It seems to be covered in some kind of haze. I'm talking about wheel well and window trim...not the chrome. Anyone have a suggestion?
 

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I had the same problem and tried everything i could find, so i went with what i should have done at the start, just a suggestion, It would be a lot of work taking it off depending on how long its been on, and window trim fun anyway but you could use a buffing wheel with 124 compound.. Here are two bezels one buffed out with it (without polish yet) and one not.. Works great..
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I have used fine steel wool and WD-40 cleans up great.
 

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Blue Magic...metal polish cream....some of the best stuff around...and its be around for decades....GREAT for stainless and aluminum...I give it 5 stars..seriously !!!!!
 

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I like Mothers aluminum polish, comes in a plastic tub.

I know you didnt ask about chrome but my buddy got me using stuff called Blue Job. They sell it at Harley dealers, I've never seen chome look so good.
 

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That haze is an anodized coating on the aluminum trim. Easiest way I've found to remove it is wet sanding with like 1200, then up to about 2000, then polish on a buffer.

Once it's gone, you'll have to keep polishing it once it starts to dull down.
 

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The aluminum trim from the factory came brite dipped, so you'll need to sand thru that to get to the base aluminum and then you can polish it. Just a suggestion, try it on a piece and see what ya get.
 

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I like Mothers aluminum polish, comes in a plastic tub.

I know you didnt ask about chrome but my buddy got me using stuff called Blue Job. They sell it at Harley dealers, I've never seen chome look so good.

I agree. This stuff works great.
 

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The aluminum trim from the factory came brite dipped, so you'll need to sand thru that to get to the base aluminum and then you can polish it. Just a suggestion, try it on a piece and see what ya get.

I remember reading a guys post that he sanded the ana-brite off the front grille and then polished it.I would love to do that to my grille!!:toothy4:
 

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I remember reading a guys post that he sanded the ana-brite off the front grille and then polished it.I would love to do that to my grille!!:toothy4:



Then get busy my friend! LOL...seems like a lot of work but I have also seen it done and it looks great. I'll check back tomorrow to see if you are done yet.
 

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Blue Magic...metal polish cream....some of the best stuff around...and its be around for decades....GREAT for stainless and aluminum...I give it 5 stars..seriously !!!!!

Where do you buy this blue magic? ive never heard of this and it sounds like something we all should have around.. Do you have to order this or is it at any parts place like Napa and Autozone? Thanks.
 

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Metal Polish

Blue Magic...metal polish cream....some of the best stuff around...and its be around for decades....GREAT for stainless and aluminum...I give it 5 stars..seriously !!!!!

X2 Ron73...... I would certainly like to know where you can purchase this stuff,through mail order or an Auto Part's store!! Thank's.
 

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Blue magic can be purchased at O'reilly's or autozone or advanced auto,
make sure you get the "polish cream" you won't be diappointed !!!
 

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There is a simplier way to remove aluminum anodizing from head light bezels, wheel opening moldings and grilles without sanding prior to polishing. Spray a heavy coat of "Easy off" oven cleaner on the parts and let sit for about 30 minutes. Then put on your rubber gloves and gently rub surfaces and rinse with plenty of water. You may have to repeat a couple times to fully remove all the anodizing. Then you can easily polish the bare aluminum as you would normally. Be sure to use the original Easy Off cleaner, the newer stuff that is fumeless does not work as well.
 

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I've also had good results with Blue Magic on my stainless.
 

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X2 on the Heavy Duty Easy Off. I did the grill on my 63 Polara. Once you get the thin layer of chrome off you get to polish the grill. A small buffing wheel on a die grinder with some compound helps it to go faster.
 

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There is a simplier way to remove aluminum anodizing from head light bezels, wheel opening moldings and grilles without sanding prior to polishing. Spray a heavy coat of "Easy off" oven cleaner on the parts and let sit for about 30 minutes. Then put on your rubber gloves and gently rub surfaces and rinse with plenty of water. You may have to repeat a couple times to fully remove all the anodizing. Then you can easily polish the bare aluminum as you would normally. Be sure to use the original Easy Off cleaner, the newer stuff that is fumeless does not work as well.

I have gotten the hang of aluminum polishing between my tow truck and the car,there is alot of bling maintainence.I will try the easy off,I read a thread about a guy that sanded a grille & surrounds by HAND,then polished them.
 

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Cleaning polished alum & stainless.

I have used fine steel wool and WD-40 cleans up great.

Triple X steel wool and WD-40 works great.....ALSO.... triple X steel wool and brake clean. This works really nice to clean older, lightly sand pitted polished parts.
 
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