[Mgs] Cleaning aluminum

Max Heim max_heim at sbcglobal.net
Wed Dec 24 14:21:04 MST 2008

I would imagine you need to buff it. Not sure what to use for a compound.


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the primer red one with chrome wires

on 12/24/08 12:11 PM, Rick Lindsay at rolindsay at yahoo.com wrote:

> Hello Friends,
> Merry Christmas and all the other salutations of the season!
> I write to you this Christmas Eve to talk about engine restoration.
> Specifically, I want to ask about cleaning aluminum.  I have always used
> cloth, steel wool or ScotchBrite lubricated with WD40 or lacquer thinner and I
> like the results.  However, the finish does not look 'new'.  I'd like to know
> a technique to get that really clean white-aluminum finish of freshly cast
> aluminum.  I've tried media blasting but the shop I visited used steel balls
> not glass, plastic or shells.  The result was a dull gray finish that I didn't
> like.  I ended up painting the part with 'Cast Coat Aluminum' engine paint - a
> sad, second-class solution, if attractive.
> So today I ask; How does one get that 'new part' aluminum finish?
> best regards,
> rick
> '08 M-B C300
> '03 L-R Discovery
> '96 BMW 740iL
> '83 Ferrari Mondial QV
> '79 Ferrari 308GTB
> '61 M-B 180b

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