polishing an aluminum hood

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  1. herpes

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    S2000 has an aluminum hood from the factory to save weight. I got a wild hair up my ass and wanted to see what my car would loook like with the hood stripped and polished to a mirror shine. I've used mothers mag & aluminum polish in the past on tons of projects but its not cutting it this time. I can get a nice shine but it only reflects perfectly if something is sitting directly on it. I need some suggestions on how to get it as reflective as possible. Anyone? HALP!
     
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    Adams metal polish or Optimum metal polish
     
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    you're going to need some rouge and a buffing wheel. possibly some scotch brite to buff it out. polishing aluminum to a mirror finish SUCKS. also, make sure you get something on there to protect it, aluminum will oxidize and get a white haze to it.
     
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    My issue with continuing to try polishes is if they'll help eliminate the "orange peel" you see in the last shot or not. If rouge si the way to go ill do it but I wanna do it right and qwuit wasting my time, nah meen?
     
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    thats a sick idea!
     
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    wow... that pretty sweet
     
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    That is tits.

    Put some clear on it or it will oxidize and lose the luster.
     
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    still needs a lot more work, but yeah, thats the plan.
     
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    rouge will just polish the orange peel. get some really really fine grit sand paper to get it out, and then use the rouge and a buffing wheel.
     
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    I'm thinking of getting some 2000 grit sandpaper wetdry then seeing if it gets out the orange peel, the current polish is just polishing the orange peel like you said. Satin is cool but not really what I wanted
     
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    I'd go even finer than that, maybe 3000 grit or 2500 to start with, and use a DA to sand it. Then polish it out after that.
     
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    do a 1000 -> 1500 -> 2000 -> 2500 and you should be set :p

    Just make sure you sand in 1 direction
     
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    1 direction, really? i figured a da or just one of those palm vibratory sanders would be better since its so fine, the scratches wouldnt really show a pattern.

    car's going back to the dealer for new axles (again) so the hood is off in my backyard so i'll be able to sand it nice and good
     
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    1 direction will make sure the scratches resulting from the sanding are going in 1 direction, and will take less buffing to polish.

    You can use a vibrational sander up to the last one, just make sure you do the last one in 1 direction.
     
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    make sure ti sue watter while sanding too

    then start buffing it with rouge
     
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    Have you given any thought to nasty sun glare that you might get?
     
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    There is none, as it is satin right now it reflects towards me, only if I'm standing in front of the car will it blind me, and then only at the right angle
     
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    Which means you could blind oncoming drivers....

    That is a good point, and something to consider.
     
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    I would figure no more than a big rig all chromed out. There are sports cars that have been made with all aluminum bodies polished to a mirror finish.
     
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    are you planning on clear coating it when it's all done?
     
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    i have and its not an issue.

    unless the oncoming driver is in a cab-over semi truck within 5 feet of me i will be fine.

    yeah, somehow..
    exactly.
     

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