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Old 08-17-2017, 05:25 PM   #16
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Well, they got 'er done but she ain't gonna win no beauty contests! Definitely not the prettiest I've ever seen.

Need some cleanup work on this. Can you guys suggest how to clean this up? Will fine grit sandpaper, one direction scrub, help get back that brushed aluminum look or at least help smooth over this?

I'm just trying to get a non reflective luster finish that is consistent throughout the entire piece.






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Old 08-18-2017, 04:57 AM   #17
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Ayuh,.... Sand/ grind it out with a flap-disc on an angle grinder, then brush it with a ssteel brush on yer grinder,....
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Unfortunately the rest is not "brushed", so brushing it won't match either. Might be an improvement, but won't match. Polishing it (each grit finer than the last, then buffing) then letting it naturally patina would be a closer match...
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You could take to someone that does blasting it could be made to look like new. Different medium blasting materials will give different looks.
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