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    Default How do you polish aluminum window frames?

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    Got a job tomorrow, owner wants all the old alum frames polished. They are pretty corroded. I was thinking paint thinner and fine steel wool.

    Anyone have any experience with this?
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    You may want to try "Mothers", it is a polish for aluminum vehicle rims and it works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericv View Post
    You may want to try "Mothers", it is a polish for aluminum vehicle rims and it works great.
    I would charge a pretty penny to sit there spreading on mother's.. would take foreverrr

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    Just don't use anything with an acidic base..It will smoke them. Fine steel wool will work but it can get tedious.

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    Steel wool, I think, would harm it. Even 0000. It's not necessary anyway. Just clean and them rub on the polish with a soft rag.

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    Safe Restore works great for that !
    Quote Originally Posted by theclearchoice View Post
    Got a job tomorrow, owner wants all the old alum frames polished. They are pretty corroded. I was thinking paint thinner and fine steel wool.

    Anyone have any experience with this?
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    I used to polish aluminum parts for historic engine parts on Porsches, we used jewelers rouge and a grinder with a wheel/cloth attatchment. Different wheels for different sized parts, this stuff had to be perfect, most of the cars were rarely driven, all trailered to concours shows around the country. I doubt any window cleaners polish aluminum frames....BUT, you never know. It's tedius, time consuming and without the right equipment the results will show with some shiny spots and dull spots. The stuff we did, looked like chrome when done. Corrosion and pitting will make it all that much tougher with the height difference on the surface. If it were me, this would be something that I would possibly try a frame for the customer to see if they liked the desired end result, and or, have a professional polisher bid the job for you, he's going to have all the small type of cloth polishers and compounds to make them shine, he bids it, add in your percentage. Let him do the work, it's what HE does and what you do is stick to cleaning glass, your profession. In the end, the customer is happy because you took care of it, did the leg work, got the job professionaly done, everyone gets paid, everyone is happy.
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    I've detailed the aluminium frames around my own house.. used 0000 steal wool, and plenty of water.. was extremly tedious, and took a long long time.
    they turned out looking great though
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    i wouldnt use any sort of paint thinner.thinners can easily seep through your skin and poison you !

 

 

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