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Old 05-25-13, 12:52 PM
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Favourite metal polish.

I'm sure this has come up before but what is your preferred choice of metal polish?
Thanks!
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Old 05-25-13, 01:37 PM
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Old 05-25-13, 02:32 PM
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+1 Simichrome. Haven't come across anything better.
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Nevr dull
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Mother's Aluminum and Mag polish. Simichrome is good as well. Brasso is good on steel, copper and brass things but not so good for aluminum. Mother's I like because I don' have to worry about it attacking the metal.
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Old 05-25-13, 03:26 PM
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I like Blue Magic, its safe for all metals: https://bluemagicusa.com/index.php/bl...c/products/210.
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Never heard of Simichrome, but its worth checking out.

I've been using Mother's Mag wheel polish for several years on stainless steel firearms, and it does a great job. It cleans, shines, polishes out scuffs and light scratches. Polish long enough with good technique and stainless can be made to look like a mirror. Lots of gun owners endorse Mother's, which can be bought in any WalMart automotive products department or on line. I'm told its also good for aluminum.
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Nevr Dull works pretty well on aluminum, since that was what it was made for (automotive wheels).

Simichrome works pretty well, too.
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1) Simischrome
2) Mothers
3) Blue Magic
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I've used Brasso (it's not great on aluminum, as Popeyecahn mentioned) and Simichrome, which is fantastic stuff. Can anyone here comment on Simichrome versus Mothers, what the difference is and which seems to work better on aluminum?

Here are some 105 cranks stripped of the anodizing, sanded, and polished with Simichrome:
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Old 05-25-13, 05:47 PM
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blue magic and charmin bathroom tissue for a mirror shine. Simichrome and nevr dull for everything else.
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I like Noxon 7 for the heavy stuff and removing minor surface rust from chrome, and Blue Magic or Simichrome for the "fine" polishing jobs. I use traditional solid polishes and a buffing wheel for polishing aluminum when I want a mirror finish.
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Mothers and Simichrome.

Mother's is oxalic acid in a paste form and is very effective on small rust spots, makes aluminium look like polished stainless in no time.
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Has anyone tried foaming wheel cleaner on aluminum?
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Old 05-26-13, 03:50 AM
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I have used several and reach for autosol in most cases. I want to try these guys.

https://www.englishcustompolishing.com/index.html
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
Mothers and Simichrome.

Mother's is oxalic acid in a paste form...
That is incorrect, there is no instance of OA in Mothers from published MSDS info and it has a neutral PH of 7.0-7.5, Simichrome does have Ammonium oleate and a more alkaline PH (9.5).
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Old 05-26-13, 09:49 AM
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I find all the major brands of paste (Happich Simichrome, Autosol, Noxon 7, Flitz, Blue Magic, etc. etc.) to be interchangeable and basically the same.
For whatever reason, I sometimes use NeverDull or RedBear wadding or a treated cloth (Something like New England secret or some such) or Mother's or Eagle1....never found anything to be heads-and-shoulders above another, just slightly different in form and application method.
I think Brasso or the liquid with a Knight's armor on the can (forget the brandname) do seem to have a lot of ammonia in their formula, and so not as pleasant to use, also seem to work better on brass/bronze than on aluminum, but I have used these on AL, too.
Lastly, I sometimes use a paste of Bartender's Friend (which does contain some oxalic acid) or Zud (a similar cleanser powder) to do some pre-polishing before following with one of the pastes.
Also have a full assortment of buffing compounds (tripoli is popular), soooo
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Old 05-26-13, 11:53 AM
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Anyone used Peek?
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I have a small tin of Meguiar's All Metal Polish I like too, for some things.
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Originally Posted by cyclotoine View Post
Autosol
+1 Definitely a better finish than NevrDul but I've never tried Simischrome, Mothers or Blue Magic.
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I've tried Eagle1 and found it to be inferior to Simichrome polishing Al. Simichrome cuts through the oxide faster and resulted in a mirror finish with less effort.

I think I'll buy some Mothers next given its endorsement.
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