25th Jun 2012, 08:48 PM #1
What's the Best Way to Polish Checker-plate
Over the last 16 months I've built a custom car and it has a heap of aluminium checker-plate in the rear tray area.
What's the best way to get a decent shine on it and then keep the shine on it?
Here's a shot of the rear tray. There's another panel that goes behind the engine to keep fingers out of the fan belt plus the tailgate is lined with the same plate.
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26th Jun 2012, 10:51 AM #2
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We use to use an acid wash first then a polish thats a long way back 70's.
found this no easy way affraid
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ld4-YzYBOME"]Huge Headache rack - Aluminum polishing checker Plate - YouTube[/ame]
Gord's Polishing diamond Plate Video by Gords Aluminum and Chrome - Cleaner Polish Sealer - Myspace Video
Also found this. http://www.eastgateclassic.com/DiamondPlate.html
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26th Jun 2012, 06:25 PM #3
That looks like fun!
My problem is some areas are hard to access such as down beside the engine.
The alloy is in good nick so perhaps a buff with cutting compound then polishing it would work.
I contacted the POR15 distributors and they suggested polishing it then cleaning it carefully and coating it with Glisten PC to keep it shiny and save future polishing.
The car is a toy and will live indoors and only be driven in the dry (it will be dangerous in the wet with a tight LSD) so the alloy won't be put under much pressure from the sun or rain.
I'll have it back from paint in a couple of weeks and see how it goes from there.
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