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Old 30th-November-2007, 03:44 PM   #1
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How to brush aluminum ??

What do you use to make aluminum have the brushed appearance / technique.
Then after that is done, what type of clear coat will work?

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Old 30th-November-2007, 04:05 PM   #2
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Im pretty sure you can use a steel wool pad to get the brushed look. Clear coatings dont last very long and could look dull. Most rims are anodized and thats why they stay shiny so much longer. Might want to consider getting them annodized after.
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Old 30th-November-2007, 04:55 PM   #3
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My polisher guy showed me how he does it to obtain a couple different looks, one brushed, the other is what they call a Butler finish. To get the brushed look, use a scotchbright pad...I buy them at the local auto paint store and they sell the little plastic holders that have a handle. Brush in one direction only until you get the look you want. A Butler finish is when you have something polished and then use the above method to make a majority of it brushed but the nooks and cranny's, indent areas etc. stay polished. It gives it a very cool look in my opinion...a lot of guys just don't want to go to all the work. As for protection, you can use something like ZoopsSeal for a long lasting solution (2 years from what I've heard), or one that my polisher uses...beeswax. Clearcoating is an option but when something happens to it, or it starts to yellow etc. you pretty much have to strip the part and start over. Touching up a non sealed or coated brushed finish is easy and only takes a few swipes of the scotchbright pad to get it back to new again. Here's some valve covers and engine I did a Butler finish on.

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Old 30th-November-2007, 05:06 PM   #4
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+1 On the scotchbrite pads...you can buy gray and red ones at Napa, or most auto parts stores.

I'd used fairly aggressive steel wool as well, but found scothcbrite pads leave a more uniform finish.

I made a gaugle "plate" for one of my buddies using 1/8" aluminum plate than had been polished...he didn't like the glare, so he wet sanded with 320 grit. Just enough to take the shine off and give a light "brushed" look.

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Old 30th-November-2007, 05:24 PM   #5
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as for the clear, have it clear powder coated. It will be scratch resistent, and it won't turn (that I've seen)
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Old 30th-November-2007, 07:50 PM   #6
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[QUOTE=Seattle_Mike;699111] Here's some valve covers and engine I did a Butler finish on.

That Engine looks Fantastic, Mike. Great effect...Gives me a few ideas...Thanx For the Pics...
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this is low-tech, kinda hack-mo but i like it... i used the scotch-brite 2" pads on my drill press. spacing and overlapping for the effect i wanted... pretty simple actually... i dunno if this is something you wished to consider...

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here ya go.

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this is low-tech, kinda hack-mo but i like it... i used the scotch-brite 2" pads on my drill press. spacing and overlapping for the effect i wanted... pretty simple actually... i dunno if this is something you wished to consider...
thats just cool.
i was wondering how you did that when i first saw that pic.
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this is low-tech, kinda hack-mo but i like it... i used the scotch-brite 2" pads on my drill press. spacing and overlapping for the effect i wanted... pretty simple actually... i dunno if this is something you wished to consider...

That looks GREAT John!

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this is low-tech, kinda hack-mo but i like it... i used the scotch-brite 2" pads on my drill press. spacing and overlapping for the effect i wanted... pretty simple actually... i dunno if this is something you wished to consider...
Hmmm, do that on a little smaller scale (rifle parts) and you could make pretty good $$$. I used to jewel bolts for Ruger 10/22's and would get $40-60 each on 'em...takes about 15 minutes each using a drill press.

I like the look.
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Flyer that does look cool.

I just bought an aluminum tralier and I have been using the green scotch brite that is made for cleaning pots and pans. It is not as coarse as the stuff you can get at the parts stores and leaves the aluminum smoother and you get three to a pack for less money and lasts just as long. I think it is the original Scotch Brite.
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well pictures aren't as accurate as the eye perceives... Mike's valve covers are quality, the shift hump is, as i stated, hack-mo... it can be done much better and cleaner...

i just tossed it out there for the idea (i didn't invent the wheel) you guys can do it better, just take your time...


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good topic!!



time to hack up my valve covers..
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Hey , thanks guys.
I did use the scotch brite (red) , turned out great.
I think I will use the aluminum wheel clear ,as suggested.
It is a grill, so the bugs will have to be cleaned off !!!!
Whats anyone else think besides powder coat.
Or as Mike suggested just leave it alone and us the scotch-brite as clean up when needed .

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