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Old 11-03-12, 06:41 PM
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Mothers Chrome Polish

Mothers, It works!!! Concave rims purchased. New spokes cut. Time to lace. Cant wait to give my 72 Paramount the correct pair of shoes.
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The hubs look brand new! But don't you mean Mother's Aluminum Polish?
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I've been using Mothers Mag & Aluminum polish for over 25 years now, that stuff is incredible. I've tried others over that time, haven't found anything better so far. I suppose I should try their newer Billet Metal polish since they say it is better than the original, but it costs over twice as much and the original works so well that I haven't bought any yet.
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Holy giant stem, Batman! Nice bike and nice polishing work.
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Follow up the Mothers with some B lue Magic for the real bling.
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Follow up the Mothers with some B lue Magic for the real bling.

Ive never heard of this method. I know blue magic works like mothers but can anybody else "+1" this?
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Ive never heard of this method. I know blue magic works like mothers but can anybody else "+1" this?
I have a bottle of Blue Magic and find it to be totally unimpressive. Perhaps I am using it incorrectly.
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Mother's works great, but I find the smell of it noxious. Gets stuck in my nose. I can't help but think there is a chemical aspect to it as opposed to a strictly abrasive paste. It sho nuf do shine, though.
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Old 11-04-12, 08:54 AM
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I prefer the Blue Magic, have tried the Mother's too.
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I personally found mothers the best and I tried many,
Yes I think there is a chemical in it which kind of acts like oa bath .
The only problem with it is that it`s best to use it wearing gloves, I get lazy sometimes and used it a lot.
Maybe that`s why my skin peals.

To remove rust on chrome I use the finest wet sandpaper and wet it with mothers
after it dries, off it comes with a soft cloth.
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Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
Mother's works great, but I find the smell of it noxious. Gets stuck in my nose. I can't help but think there is a chemical aspect to it as opposed to a strictly abrasive paste. It sho nuf do shine, though.
You are probably smelling the petroleum distillates that it contains.
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The trick with Blue Magic is the application, you use Charmin toilet paper for best results. Almost anything else will have inferior results.
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Interesting that back in the day the dull satin anodized finish of Campy Nouvo Record and the lack of shine on aluminum parts were the sign of a quality bike. Shiny meant steel parts and low quality. Now we polish our aluminum to high sheen. Go figure. And I am guilty as anyone. Mother's is great stuff.
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So true BigRing, but I'll go to great lengths to avoid polishing Campagnolo stuff. I love that pearly anodized look of NR parts.
Sometimes you can't avoid it though. Re-habbing a NR seat post now. Even though they weren't anodized, they were never supper buffed. And I've been thinking of how to knock back the full polish look after bringing it up. Tried an ultra fine scratch brush mounted on my small buffer but that was too aggressive. Still experimenting.
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Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
So true BigRing, but I'll go to great lengths to avoid polishing Campagnolo stuff. I love that pearly anodized look of NR parts.
Sometimes you can't avoid it though. Re-habbing a NR seat post now. Even though they weren't anodized, they were never supper buffed. And I've been thinking of how to knock back the full polish look after bringing it up. Tried an ultra fine scratch brush mounted on my small buffer but that was too aggressive. Still experimenting.

I remeber some guys on the bmxmuseum using liquid drano or drano powder to re anodize aluminum

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To dull a shine I use 3000 grit wet sandpaper.
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The trick with Blue Magic is the application, you use Charmin toilet paper for best results. Almost anything else will have inferior results.
I've used Blue Magic well on other applications, even with rough aluminum side covers on motorcycles. I start with 1200 sandpaper, then 0000 steel wool w/Blue Magic, then a towel with Blue Magic, then a T-shirt with Blue Magic, then a jewelers buffing cloth. Mirror-like finish, but it will haze over eventually, which I accept, since it's aluminum. Works about the same on non-anodized stems, crank arms, etc. Lots of elbow grease, would love to have a small bench grinder with a buffing wheel, then a Dremel with a buffing ball, but I don't.
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Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
So true BigRing, but I'll go to great lengths to avoid polishing Campagnolo stuff. I love that pearly anodized look of NR parts.
Sometimes you can't avoid it though. Re-habbing a NR seat post now. Even though they weren't anodized, they were never supper buffed. And I've been thinking of how to knock back the full polish look after bringing it up. Tried an ultra fine scratch brush mounted on my small buffer but that was too aggressive. Still experimenting.
Try a small section with a soft cloth and standard paste toothpaste, not gel.....see if it is the level of sheen you want.

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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
I've used Blue Magic well on other applications, even with rough aluminum side covers on motorcycles. I start with 1200 sandpaper, then 0000 steel wool w/Blue Magic, then a towel with Blue Magic, then a T-shirt with Blue Magic, then a jewelers buffing cloth. Mirror-like finish, but it will haze over eventually, which I accept, since it's aluminum. Works about the same on non-anodized stems, crank arms, etc. Lots of elbow grease, would love to have a small bench grinder with a buffing wheel, then a Dremel with a buffing ball, but I don't.

Yes, the alum parts will oxidize and haze over. If you want to keep the shine lasting a while, follow up the polishing with a good carnuba wax and buff. Out here in Vegas a bare polish shine probably lasts longer due to very low humidity.

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Blue Magic has a high ammonia content which cleans better. Used it on aluminum truck wheels and fuel tanks back in the day, but Mothers is good too. I just prefer 'Blue Magic'.
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Mother's polish is (afaik), oxalic acid in a paste form and with very little work will make aluminium look like polished stainless and have had mistake some of the bright parts on my bicycles as being that.
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I have found that "Bar Keeper's Friend" cleaning powder, with AO as the active ingredient is a good and handy cleaner/polisher. Make a little paste with it, apply it, polish. Available at your local grocery store (or kitchen counter). Not sure it would do much for this old hulk! :-)
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Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
So true BigRing, but I'll go to great lengths to avoid polishing Campagnolo stuff. I love that pearly anodized look of NR parts.
Sometimes you can't avoid it though. Re-habbing a NR seat post now. Even though they weren't anodized, they were never supper buffed. And I've been thinking of how to knock back the full polish look after bringing it up. Tried an ultra fine scratch brush mounted on my small buffer but that was too aggressive. Still experimenting.
Use OOOO brass wool to apply the Mother's with. Works perfectly.
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Originally Posted by Captain Blight View Post
Use OOOO brass wool to apply the Mother's with. Works perfectly.
I'll have to give that a go Capt Blight. Thx for the tip. I've also been using Mothers Billet for years w/ great results. Does a great polish.
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Wow. didnt know Id started a "polish" tread. Thanks for all the options and the debate. Dont know if I could get these hubs any shinier with Capt Blight or anything else. They are pretty darn shiny
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