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Old 11-16-2007, 01:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best aluminum polish?

I have been in the process of trying to polish my saddle tanks on my dump truck. I have a high speed buffer and have tried Mothers and Maguires aluminum and mag polish.

Those two only seem to put a shine to it but they just dont seem to get the job done.

My truck is a converted Wal-Mart truck so I'm sure it has never seen any polish in its life.

I want my tanks to look like mirrors. Right now the have a very cloudy appearance to them.

Maybe I need to start with something with some grit to it and work my way up to a paste or liquid?
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Re: Best aluminum polish?

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: lone_star_dsl</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I have been in the process of trying to polish my saddle tanks on my dump truck. I have a high speed buffer and have tried Mothers and Maguires aluminum and mag polish.

Those two only seem to put a shine to it but they just dont seem to get the job done.

My truck is a converted Wal-Mart truck so I'm sure it has never seen any polish in its life.

I want my tanks to look like mirrors. Right now the have a very cloudy appearance to them.

Maybe I need to start with something with some grit to it and work my way up to a paste or liquid? </div></div>
Flitz! I was skeptical at first and I used it on an old tool box and old alloy wheels; nothing else would touch it and I tried Flitz and couldn't believe it.
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Re: Best aluminum polish?

Flitz!

Years ago my brother and I were team driving an old White Freightliner and had to lay over for the weekend waiting for a load. We spent almost all day Saturday polishing the saddle tanks with Nevr-Dull and had them looking real good when some @$$hole showed up with some flitz and wanted to demonstrate it on my tanks that were just polished. It took him all of two minutes to make the tanks look like crap with one shiny spot right in the middle. We ended up buying a case of it and I've been using it ever since.
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Re: Best aluminum polish?

Where can I buy it?
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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: BlueMule</div><div class="ubbcode-body">http://www.flitz-polish.com/family.asp?fam_id=ZFMP

Ouch!...$199.00 per gallon

It used to be $6.00 for a 12oz tube or $5.00 if you bought a case of 12, but that was before some of the members on here were born. </div></div>
It doesn't take much though. I did the full size toolboxe with about a 3oz tube.
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Toothpaste, and a buffing wheel.
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Re: Best aluminum polish?

Make your own for less then bucks


Here is the recipie

1 gallon of Oderless mineral spirts get your self some Rouge bars 1 white 1 green, 2 POP bottles

Break up the bars fill a 20 OZ bottle about 1/4 full with the bars Fill with mineral spirits let it break down and in a day or so just sitting it will be the best damn polish you could buy or make. I put a ball bearing in mine to help them shake but it is not needed.

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Flitz is an awesome polish!!!

Now the better question is how can you keep that "just polished" shine after you use the Flitz?

The answer is ZOOPS . I use this stuff on my wheels and diamondplate. The pressure washer removes the brake dust and road grime and leaves it looking like you just polished it.
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Re: Best aluminum polish?

talk to a good home fuel oil company they have some comertial grade stuff they use it works great

or call up tto (tank truck outfitters) they work on those trucks and carry polish their # is 717 545 8888 standard mon to fri hrs i think and tell them you want tank polish
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Re: Best aluminum polish?

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Superfly</div><div class="ubbcode-body">

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Superfly, any idea if this works on stainless steel also??? I have a Prevost Bus that we are working on converting and I would love to see it sparkle some day.
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Re: Best aluminum polish?

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Superfly</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Make your own for less then bucks


Here is the recipie

1 gallon of Oderless mineral spirts get your self some Rouge bars 1 white 1 green, 2 POP bottles

Break up the bars fill a 20 OZ bottle about 1/4 full with the bars Fill with mineral spirits let it break down and in a day or so just sitting it will be the best damn polish you could buy or make. I put a ball bearing in mine to help them shake but it is not needed.

WORKS Awsome and cheap </div></div>I have never tried this recipe but always use the rouge bars ( we have for over 20 years). Just load up the polishing wheel with the product and cut away. I will try this cocktail because I have seen some stuff like that (a homemade cocktail) used in truck stops years ago and forgot all about it.
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Re: Best aluminum polish?

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: kerry94</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Superfly</div><div class="ubbcode-body">

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Superfly, any idea if this works on stainless steel also??? I have a Prevost Bus that we are working on converting and I would love to see it sparkle some day. </div></div>

Stainless is really hard, but it can be polished. Usually though, if it is true stainless, it probably can be cleaned up with eagle one wadding. If it is really aluminum thouhg, and I have seen some buses that are, a good polish will work on it, along with some time.
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