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#1 V-SLR5000-P

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 01:20 PM

If you are tempted to have a go at polishing aluminium parts this site may be of some use. Good results with some simple tools.

http://www.poleringsguide.se/english/

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 01:32 PM

Wow, Just browsed it and it looks to be an excellent site. I will enjoy reading up on this.
Thanks for posting the link!

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 01:46 PM

SWEET! i might have a go at my brand new redline triple weber manifold as the casting is quite ruff and full of pores.

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 02:19 PM

Thats a very good article!!

Makes it look so easy. Its a similar process i used to polish my mags, except I used a buff wheel from a high school with a bolt through it and a drill. Works a treat, but can take some time to get the desired finish!
I would imagine to polish an alternator and some other bits with alot of corners would be tricky to polish up.

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 02:28 PM

top site
cheers :spoton: :spoton:

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 02:31 PM

Yep that's how you do it - I like to use scotchbrite linishing stuff as well - then you can pretty much go from the rough casting to the 400 grit in 1 go.

And beware when doing the final polish with the mop wheel to hold on tight and be careful on corners or your newly polished item will be bouncing accross the concrete floor :))

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 06:15 PM

Thats a very good article!!

Makes it look so easy. Its a similar process i used to polish my mags, except I used a buff wheel from a high school with a bolt through it and a drill. Works a treat, but can take some time to get the desired finish!
I would imagine to polish an alternator and some other bits with alot of corners would be tricky to polish up.

cheers

Yeh, looks easy on nice solid parts.

How does everybody think it would go on trying to polish up an LC GTR Grill which is very thin metal and fragile?

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 07:12 PM

That's AWESOME V-SLR5000-P! Good work! :spoton:
When grinding/sanding, do you have to wear a really good quality respirator?
Or will a large hanky suffice? :D

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 07:21 PM

lc grill you can lightly hand polish the anodising but i wouldnt touch a wheel to it ! the anodising is thin and will be damaged buffed through and the wheel could get hooked up on it , destroying it , mabe cemical removel of the anodis coating, hand polishing then reanodising,like we have see in the lx trim reanodising thread :spoton:

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 07:21 PM

Thats unreal, cheers

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Posted 20 September 2007 - 04:16 AM

lc grill you can lightly hand polish the anodising but i wouldnt touch a wheel to it ! the anodising is thin and will be damaged buffed through and the wheel could get hooked up on it , destroying it , mabe cemical removel of the anodis coating, hand polishing then reanodising,like we have see in the lx trim reanodising thread :spoton:

What was that "Trim anodising" thread titled?

Would like to know more about polishing anodised parts.

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Posted 20 September 2007 - 06:05 AM

its under paint and panel heading is( Alloy polish and anodize stripping )

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Posted 22 October 2007 - 09:09 AM

If you are tempted to have a go at polishing aluminium parts this site may be of some use. Good results with some simple tools.

http://www.poleringsguide.se/english/

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My polished grill I did using techniques from the quoted site. It's not perfect, but I don't think it's too bad.

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 12:04 PM

This is awsome! very helpful

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 04:06 PM

Here is my first serious attempt at polishing metal.

The item before:
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And the item after 1.5 hrs (nowhere near finished yet.)
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Jeremy spends hours doing this stuff and I can see why.
I dont have the high speed buffing wheels and pads that Jeremy uses and the tools I used are in the photo.

I wasn't aware that Jeremy had left his high speed electric drill at my place so tomorrow I will dig that out and spend an hour or more using it.

As you can see I have only just touched the surface on this yet and have yet to complete one side, let alone the back side and edges.

It's a bit of fun though.

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 07:50 PM

I see the Purple polish is out!


cheers Keith

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 08:22 PM

Half the interior in my daily is made from ally :D
Easy to work with but unless you keep the polish up to it it eventually goes dull - or you can clear coat it or get it chromed afterwards.
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Posted 20 January 2008 - 04:31 PM

Hi guys,

I am posting this on behalf of Jeremy. he has been asked about the gear he uses.

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All the above gear is available from Bunnings.

Here is a quick sample of some of his work.

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Enjoy.

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 04:51 PM

That is good work..the sump must have taken for ever. Here is a crap pic of the work I have been doing....for sale in the usual place :tease:

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 04:58 PM

Its all good :)

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 04:13 AM

And I've been doing these..but they are a bit hard to get the wheel into.

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 08:46 AM

Hi guys hope the photos herne put up help if you have any Q just ask happy to help :spoton:

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 03:15 PM

Hi Guys

More of Jeremy's work;

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The water pump and heater motor covers are the latest. The Purple polish is getting a work out!

Note how the water pump has been de-veined before polishing - the ribs are missing :)
I think the polished water pump will suit the 253 I have, we are about to dress up it up and paint it before offering it for sale again.

More polishing being done tonight and we are working on the engine bay again tomorrow - Monday.

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 03:48 PM

^ have you ran a pump with the ribs removed before? Does it create any problems?
I thought the 253 was sold?

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 04:35 PM

I had two 253's the EFI one sold, I still have the mildly warm 253 that came with my car and it has only 28k on it. It was poorly painted so I have half stripped the paint and now it looks awful hence it is being dressed up as it is a far better engine than it currently looks. And no the polished water pump has been run and probably wont be until the engine is sold and gets installed. I have seen polished water pumps before and have heard of no problems but should there be any chance of a problem I will include the orginal water pump as well as the polished one in the deal.

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