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    Best allround POLISH ?

    We down here mainly use "Autosol" , its good for all things shiney - chrome , alloy etc etc BUT its like a tube of toothpaste and you gotta rub real hard with just your finger , there must be a better way, or a better product, any idea,s guy,s ? (make my life easier coz I,m getting old ,lol !).
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    I use Turtle Wax chrome wheel polish on chrome parts and I have an old tube of Simichrome aluminum polish when I want nice aluminum bits.

    The chrome polish I apply with a stiff toothbrush and rub off with a cloth and the Simichrome can be done by hand or with a Dremel.

    Either way making things shiny is hard work but it can be very rewarding when done well.
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    I swear by Meguiar's Scratch X on painted frames, followed by a good waxing with their NXT Generation Tech wax 2.0
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    Nevrdull is pretty good for alloy parts. Around here, you can find it everywhere: Walmart, all the auto parts stores, etc.

    On painted surfaces, I use car wax, polishing compound, or rubbing compound, depending on condition. Be careful with the rubbing compound, its pretty aggressive (removes paint). I use the polishing compound a lot.

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    Turtlewax chrome for chrome -It's cheap around here. I can find it for under $2 bottle.

    Mothers scratch-remover/polish for paint -not as good as Scratch-X but less than half the cost.

    Of course nothing will take out serious rust other than OA or tons of elbow grease with more aggressive treatments.
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    Paint: Meguiars ScratchX 2.0, NuFinish Car Polish.
    Alloy: Mother's Mag and Aluminum Polish (quicker), Blue Magic Polish (last pass for bling).
    Chrome: treat with oxalic acid if necessary, Blue Magic Polish to polish.

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    It really doesn't get much better than autosol. If you want to really polish up something that is corroded or didn't have a super shiny finish in the first place (mainly aluminum) then you need buffing wheels and various polishing "cakes".
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    I'm partial to the female ones that come from the rural area surrounding Łódź, the Varsovians from Warsaw are also not bad, a little less so for those from Gdansk. Although I don't know how you could judge one to be the best all-around. I have many friends in Poland.

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    For alloy... Mother's.

    Have had folks swear some of the alloy bits on my bike were chrome or stainless after a little buffing.

    For light rust on chrome... aluminium foil and lemon juice.

    For severe rust, oxalic acid.

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    I like Mothers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
    Be careful with the rubbing compound, its pretty aggressive (removes paint). I use the polishing compound a lot.
    I use rubbing compound a lot for buffing out small scratches and stubborn stains in paint. i also used it to polish an old aluminum stem.. made it nice and shiny, though it could be more mirror-like

    been meaning to get some finer polish but have the rubbing compound on hand
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    Quote Originally Posted by Citoyen du Monde View Post
    I'm partial to the female ones that come from the rural area surrounding Łódź, the Varsovians from Warsaw are also not bad, a little less so for those from Gdansk. Although I don't know how you could judge one to be the best all-around. I have many friends in Poland.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iab View Post
    I like Mothers.
    So do I.

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    Polish mothers use Mother's polish.
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    frantic, thats funny lol
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    I'm pretty good, but you'll have an easier time finding Mother's in your local store.

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    Then again, I do enjoy a good Maxwell Street polish.


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    Quote Originally Posted by frantik View Post
    I use rubbing compound a lot for buffing out small scratches and stubborn stains in paint. i also used it to polish an old aluminum stem.. made it nice and shiny, though it could be more mirror-like

    been meaning to get some finer polish but have the rubbing compound on hand
    That's precisely what I use it for sometimes. A clean, smooth, shiny, but not blinged out mirror finish. It will also "restore" the finish on anodized parts somewhat. Sometimes anodizing gets a tad funky too and I've found rubbing compound to be just aggressive enough to clean it without harming it.

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    3M Machine Polish for dull paint. It's the standard for body shops and detailers. Does not leave any wax so touch-up paint will stick. I'm not Polish but once dated a girl from Hamtramck.
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