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    Question Aluminum finish

    I'm building a flat bed aluminum body for my wifes's new super duty and was wondering how to keep it shiny. At least just the band around the outside. I've done alot of aluminum repairs but this is the first thing I've built that I would like to stay some what shiney. Everything else I've built out of aluminum, ramps, railings etc didnt matter if they dulled or turned a little gray. Everything else I've repaired was already gray or anodized.
    So far all the guys who build truck bodys, what do you put on them to stay looking nice??
    I took some pics so far and I'll post a little later
    Scott
    HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

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    You could just clear coat it like they do polished wheels. Thats the only way I could think of. it will be a continuous battle otherwise trying to keep it shiny as you probly know already aluminum almost starts oxidizing as soon as you are done cleaning it.

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    I thought about that and wondered how long it would last. I would only do the outer band since the deck is diamond plate and going to get scratched up anyway. I wondered if a body shop could put on clear coat, like over paint?
    Scott
    HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

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    Walter Abrasives makes a product line called Quick Step. It uses a hook/loop design backing pad. You can push on and peel off different types of abrasive products from flap discs to felt polishing disc's with 2 different type polishing compounds. I have provided a link for you below.

    http://www.jwalterinc.com/walter_us/...5&cbopgroup=80
    Rich Ferguson
    Sales Technician
    Jackson Welding Supply Co.
    "Keep America Strong.....Weld It"
    www.jacksonweldingsupply.com

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    We used to use 'Semichrome Polish' from Happisch on our Flat Trackers, pink soft abrasive available in most bike shops I believe, Hope this is of some use, Paul
    More Spark Today Please

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    Cool Hey HMW

    With your wifes truck to soften the ride of the deck will you be using vibration mounts sandwiched between two pieces of steel and then bolted between the frame and the deck?

    O ya Polishing aluminum very labour intensive but I can tell ya but to do the piece that you are talking about could take you or your wife about 3 hours to complete.
    Last edited by Darmik; 08-01-2007 at 10:35 PM.

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