Anyone Polished Their Aluminum Skid?


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On a similar note. I would like to lightly buff out some scratches on my Savvy Tailgate Armor. What products and method would I use to do this?

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If it’s not scratched, use mother’s aluminum polish and a foam cut pad then buff it again with a foam finish pad. Clean off with a microfiber cloth.
Here’s a rim from my truck 340K miles, stripped the peeling clear coat, wet sand pitted area with 600 then 1200 grit. Then foam pad polish with Mother’s.
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If it’s not scratched, use mother’s aluminum polish and a foam cut pad then buff it again with a foam finish pad. Clean off with a microfiber cloth.
Here’s a rim from my truck 340K miles, stripped the peeling clear coat, wet sand pitted area with 600 then 1200 grit. Then foam pad polish with Mother’s.
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That looks amazing. And so simple. Sounds like something a conservative would do.
 
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@JMT Do 320 grit, to 400 grit, and finish with 600. If you want a nicer finish go to 800 and then 1200. If you want it to shine then use some polish after.
Ok, this is my plan. I got the sandpaper tonight. If I don’t do a good job, I’ll just wrap it, but I love that bare aluminum look.

Plus, it’s something to do.

Thank you.
 

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Ok, this is my plan. I got the sandpaper tonight. If I don’t do a good job, I’ll just wrap it, but I love that bare aluminum look.

Plus, it’s something to do.

Thank you.
I like to do wet sanding instead of dry at well. Little messier but no aluminum dust to breathe in and wipes clean.
 

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Ok, this is my plan. I got the sandpaper tonight. If I don’t do a good job, I’ll just wrap it, but I love that bare aluminum look.

Plus, it’s something to do.

Thank you.
Fresh aluminum shouldn’t need any coarse grit or sanding at all. I’d start with a medium foam buffing pad and Mother’s and see what you come up with.

(disclaimer, had a Cessna 172 that I’ve got more hours polishing than flying)
 
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Fresh aluminum shouldn’t need any coarse grit or sanding at all. I’d start with a medium foam buffing pad and Mother’s and see what you come up with.

(disclaimer, had a Cessna 172 that I’ve got more hours polishing than flying)
So, I'd need a random orbital buffer and then the pads?
 

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It really depends on what finish you have as an end goal.
I don't even really know, just mainly want to get rid of the light scratches that probably took place during shipping.
 

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So, I'd need a random orbital buffer and then the pads?
I stopped at an automotive paint shop, they had a kit with 3 foam pads 3" diameter and a velcro spindle that you can put in a drill. the 3" worked well for rims. I also have a big Milwaukee buffer for large areas and mainly use foam pads.