Polishing aluminum is not my favorite! Does anyone have any hints how to get rid of the black stuff you get when polishing? I use Mothers Aluminum polish and the more I rub the more residue I get. Never ending circle! Thanks
I used Mag Wheel and Aluminum Polish, I think was Mothers' also. Polished down with a relatively coarse cloth (terry towel rags are real good). Wiped between a couple sessions with it, then washed down with Windex to remove the black residue.
Make sure that you have the oxidation off before attempting to polish or you end up having to polish through the oxidation before reaching the actual aluminum. The acid wheel cleaner will remove the oxidation. Methods can be found on this forum, I've seen it somewhere... Oh, and yes, mineral spirits helps remove the black residue that comes from polishing. Easier to remove before it dries though.
Last Edit: Jun 12, 2020 9:29:28 GMT -8 by WhitneyK
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I Just used a lot of elbow grease. I used Mothers polish, too. I used a clean cloth/rag that was different than the cloth I applied the polish with. I would make a few rubs with the clean section of the cloth while pressing hard on the aluminum. Once it caked up with black stuff, I reset the cloth in my hand and I just moved to another clean area of the cloth. I repeated this until residue was gone and the aluminum was shiny.
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