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took some TLC and time to make this big tunnel shine. did most of the initial polishing with a mushroom ball and a 3/8" drill and some mother aluminum & mag polish. only stuff ive ever used. works great. after i got it to look shiny, i start polishing by hand, i get or more consistent that way. i normally just do a small section at a time, focusing on one area for a while then move on down the line.

the most fun part was polishing the running boards. yes i took the time with one finger and a rag and went around those holes to make it look nice lol.

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ive heard of guys mixing in flour with their polish, i have never tried this cause i dont want my sled to get a yeast infection [;)], but i heard it works.

what are some of your ways you polish your sleds? help me out cause i have to do two more for my father and his buddy haha.
 

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Start out with either Mothers Aluminum or Wizards Polish on a mini powerball, then finish up with Mothers Billet polish by hand. The Billet polish achieves the best finish shine of anything I've tried.

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yeah Quinlan that looks awesome! it seems to me with just the mothers you get a nice polished look but there always seems to be a dull haze for a while until it starts looking like chrome. i used to think other rags and stuff did a better job as far as how smooth the product looked.

i want the little etches in the aluminum to disappear.
 

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Bmxican said:
yeah Quinlan that looks awesome! it seems to me with just the mothers you get a nice polished look but [highlight=yellow]there always seems to be a dull haze[/highlight=yellow] for a while until it starts looking like chrome. i used to think other rags and stuff did a better job as far as how smooth the product looked.

i want the little etches in the aluminum to disappear.
That's the part I can't seem to get past. I spent several hours and some expensive polishes and the haze won't go away. Oh, well.

Yours looks pretty good though.[thumb]
 

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These aren't anything great, seeing as once there's snow, I stop caring about shine. I use Mothers Mag & Aluminum polish. I tried the flour wipe off technique, didn't show any different results.

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The secret is to put a "very light" coat of carnuba wax on after you have it polished, it'll seal the polish! (old truck driver trick) [:D]
 

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I coat my tunnel with "Zaino Clear Seal" when I'm done polishing. Still has a nice finish by the end of the year...
 

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Hey if anyone gets bored I have a 14ft aluminum fishing boat that could use a polishing[:D] Man you guys did a great job. I like the look of the finish...however I am glad my sled chassis is painted and I dont have to clean it. Just wax and wipe and im done.
 

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well i have these to start polishing, should only take me 3 days haha. that mothers polish sure does go a long way though.
took all the stickers and stuff off the tunnels and panels so they are ready to be shined.

also starting to vent the sleds out finally, my dads buddy ordered the carbon fiber package for his pro, i must say it looks really sick. ill keep this post updated instead of starting a new one for not much reason. lot of work to do on the sleds yet.

we got his buddies torn apart, everything off the sled as u can see in the pictures is what it takes to remove the air boxes on those. what a treat! so far we got one air box powder valved, only two more vents to cut out on the carbon fiber sled just waiting for the hood to get here to cut that up. getting closer to leaving town so ill be busy giving these sleds attention in my spare time so my dad will bring me a long. lol

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getting closer to getting these sleds ready to go. i spent about 10 hours on my dads sled and i just put 3 hours into his buddies sled today. he got the carbon fiber panels and hood, so we finished cutting the vents in the panels for venting and intake.

so the complete polished sled or (just about) done one is my dads, hopefully hes happy with the job i did on his. but im charging his buddy for me to do his too. any ideas on what u guys what do a 155" sled for?

i think some of you may agree with me i think the carbon fiber look is wayyy sick, i told him to stick with the flat black windshield, but he wanted a taller one.


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how do you make it so shiny?
about 2,000 rpm and some focus.
 

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cordless drill and a buffer pad or something?
 

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cordless drill and a buffer pad or something?
unless your cordless gun will run on full power for 2 hours straight i suggest using a 3/8" drill with a power cord.

i use that and a mushroom style polishing ball, about a 4 inch one. and i have a 4" round edge buffing wheel, 2-2 1/2"cone shaped one. you have the switch out polishing heads to do different parts of the sled. with all those you can cut your hand polishing down by 60 percent ide say.
 

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holy shit thats shiny..too bad i have a black tunnel...
Quinlan said:
Start out with either Mothers Aluminum or Wizards Polish on a mini powerball, then finish up with Mothers Billet polish by hand. The Billet polish achieves the best finish shine of anything I've tried.

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