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Old 04-07-10, 12:04 AM   #21
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I found a teclamit grease gun aluminum, and it was really dirty and looked dull, first i used fine wire wool with autosol paste and repeated couple of times then finished it with brassa, now its as clean and shiny as a mirror.
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Old 22-10-10, 04:30 AM   #22
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Go to the auto parts store and find some aluminum wheel cleaner. Thoroughly degrease the part. Spray the wheel cleaner on, rinse it off in a couple of minutes. Bing. Looks excellent. DO NOT use this on polished parts.
I think I use Eagle 1. We use it on intake manifolds all the time.
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Old 22-10-10, 12:30 PM   #23
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Might have to try some of these things on my Petter diesel, gradualy making it look smarter.

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Old 22-10-10, 12:57 PM   #24
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Morning all, does anyone have any ideas on getting cast aluminium really clean and back to "as new" condition. One of my engines is looking dull and have tried carb cleaner,petrol, brasso etc etc but without any joy. Cheers Tony
Frosts (http://www.frost.co.uk/) do a product called Aliclean, which I have used on carbs and ali castings like car thermostat housings - finish with an aerosol spray of clear lacquer for a lasting gloss finish
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Old 24-10-10, 01:48 PM   #25
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I found a teclamit grease gun aluminum, and it was really dirty and looked dull, first i used fine wire wool with autosol paste and repeated couple of times then finished it with brassa, now its as clean and shiny as a mirror.
Solvol Autosol leaves a coating on polished aluminium to reduce tarnishing. Cleaning with brasso removes this!!!

Seeing the name "Frosts" always makes me smile. When I was into Classic cars I got a Catalogue from them when they were called "Frost Auto Restoration Techniques" The cover looked funny with the capitals in large print picked out in a different colour, Was it deliberate??

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Well I tried wire wool on the Petter today and that took ages, but, soak it in white spirit first and wire wool works a treat!
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Hot caustic soda solution is miraculous and involves no effort, just dip and wash off, hey presto brand new and shiny, remember though if you leave it in there and forget about it it wll totally dissove a small casting into mush !
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I read on this site I think, and a link to making a "sand" blaster from small tubing. The medium used to abrade off the metal was baking powder I think.
I have seen the results of this on a Stuart carb, and the result is breathtaking. It would no doubt do the same for ali.
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