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i was recently (today) polishing a set of silver zoo forks and i realized after a couple goes around that i had gone through the brushed aluminium finish to the bare metal and i would have to say it looks better now.

i haven't quite completed it yet but so far heres the difference from an hours polishing.

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as you can see it is not finished but i have only done part of one side, it will also need tiding up a bit for a clear finish but what do you think?

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hey

its just what Ive been doing for the last few days, polishing everything in the bike that isn't silver.

this is some of my work:

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this is a echo 06 rim I got down to a few days ago. it took me about 5 hours to remove the anodised finish, and another two to start polishing it. since the photo has been taken i have re-polished it and it looks better, still need to do it at least once. finally use brasso and a special lacker for polished aluminium.

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this is a 06 zoo fork I polished in July, still in good condition

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What did you use to do that? The rim is nice :-

firstly I used a sand paper (120/240) fan-wheel on a drill, unfortunately that left in some deep scratches, which can be seen on the photo

after trying to remove the scratches with 500/1000 sand paper, i starded polishing it with a special polishing wheel mounted on a drill (fairly hard fabric) using a polishing stone that under heat gets into the fabric and makes polishing much easier.

need to get some better tools, because what i'm actually using is a bit crude and difficult to handle well

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id say u were rather silly removing the outer protective layer, within a few days, if not hours the metal polish will be gone and the alloy will be left to the open air. It will then oxidise and create its own surface protection leaving you with a dull surface. Didnt u idiots do chemistry At school?

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id say u were rather silly removing the outer protective layer, within a few days, if not hours the metal polish will be gone and the alloy will be left to the open air. It will then oxidise and create its own surface protection leaving you with a dull surface. Didnt u idiots do chemistry At school?

Yer but im sure they are re-coating it with some sort of protection... did you never do sex education at school?

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