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 PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:02 pm 

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looking to give my floors and firewall a nicer look, they are all aluminum should i use a DA sander? what do you guys do since iv scratched them up somewhat


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 PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:47 pm 
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put more scratches in them that way they aren't noticeable.

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 PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:23 pm 

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sCoTtIe wrote:
put more scratches in them that way they aren't noticeable.


thats why you suck dudes off :thumb:


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 PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:19 pm 
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I gave the swirl thing a shot with my stainless door panels. Our DA is dead, so I used this little buffing pad thing I had in a drill press on high speed. Some spots I couldnt reach though, so I had to put the bit in an angle grinder, which didnt work too well.

Try a DA on something and see if it will turn out how you like it. I'd seen people use that but I think they were calling an angle grinder with a 6 inch sanding pad a "DA sander". Just didnt look like the same pattern a DA leaves.

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 PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:36 am 
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you wont get a swirl or patterned look with a DA. You'll just get a bunch of non-directional scratches.


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 PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:24 am 
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problem is the up keep

i ended up just sanding mine once in a while to smooth some of the scratches out of them.

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 PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 8:02 am 

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sandblast them with light coarse sand


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 PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 11:54 am 

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what bryan said.

WHen I polish aluminum parts I usually blast them with glass bead prior to scotch brite and buffing. Its a nice look in blast form, I have a set of rims that looked better blasted than polished.

I used to use bags of playground sand, a 50lb bag was $10 or something. I use glass bead now. Use a lower pressure and it'll give a more uniform finish.

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 PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:51 am 

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are you entering truck shows with Anthony now?

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