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Old 07-29-14, 05:52 PM   #101
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Okay, sorry I have one more dumb question then I'll stop!

Is rubbing alcohol okay to use on raw aluminum just for general cleaning? I had a couple of marks on it (for placing a decal) and then wiped the marks off with rubbing alcohol.

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Old 07-29-14, 08:37 PM   #102
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Okay, sorry I have one more dumb question then I'll stop!

Is rubbing alcohol okay to use on raw aluminum just for general cleaning? I had a couple of marks on it (for placing a decal) and then wiped the marks off with rubbing alcohol.

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Old 07-29-14, 08:42 PM   #103
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Okay, here's another question. Since my frame is already brushed aluminum., what would the effect of only Mothers polish be do you think?

Not much. Maybe make a little shinier. If it's "brushed" , you need to work up to "polished" in stages. That means progressively finer grits. If you want to attack it, go to the local auto parts store and get some red rubbing compound and white polishing compound. Go after your frame with the red first. Use lots of rags- old t-shirts work well. Expect to make a mess. Follow the red with the white. Expect more mess. Follow the white with the Mothers. Expect to be locked out of the house because of the mess you made. You'll be homeless, but your bike will be shiny.
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^ these help with the mess:
Amazon.com: Gojo 1432 Large Hi-Tactile Glove: Automotive

You can usually find something similar at auto parts stores. I wouldn't pay more than $8 though. (Retail price is listed at $28!?, but on sale for $7.47.) Not long ago I got a 6-pack of the Gojo Hi Tactile gloves linked above from my local Costco for a ridiculously low price, but their inventory changes frequently. Highly recommended for polishing work.

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I realize that this is an old and ongoing post, but I just had to comment on how well this process works. I've done a pair of hubs, a rim and a crankset. While now show car quality, they certainly look great an a refurbished bike.
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This is a great thread,
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Not much. Maybe make a little shinier. If it's "brushed" , you need to work up to "polished" in stages. That means progressively finer grits. If you want to attack it, go to the local auto parts store and get some red rubbing compound and white polishing compound. Go after your frame with the red first. Use lots of rags- old t-shirts work well. Expect to make a mess. Follow the red with the white. Expect more mess. Follow the white with the Mothers. Expect to be locked out of the house because of the mess you made. You'll be homeless, but your bike will be shiny.
Since this is a necro-bump, someone may as well quote the best post in the thread.
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