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  1. airwave

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    The aluminium roof rack and rear ladder on my hymer is looking a bit rough , and in need of a bit of tlc . Are there any pointer's / product's you would advise , to bring it back to life , and spruce it up a tad , Guy's .
     
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    have a look on ebay you can get ali polishing kits , thats what I use on my RV bull bar , after a little bit of work you can see your face in it :)
     
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    Give it a bit of a rub with one of those stainless steel pot scrubbers the just wax it or lacquer it
    bill
     
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    Won't that scratch it Bill .
     
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    depend what finis you want me i just wanted the dirt of it but the is sum verry good stuff out their i have used just ordinary brasso and wire wool but be carfull you don't leave any of the wire wool to on pant work for rust marks
    like i have Sade depends on the finish you want
    bill
     
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    Ah now , i've got all three grade's in the garage . Fine won't do much harm , would certainly take the dead surface off , but your point's taken with the strand's though . I've been caught with that before .
     
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    I use Solvol Autosol on both ally and chrome, never found anything better.
     
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    What about solo Autosol and a fine plastic scrubbing cl
     
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    Has it been clear lacquered ? if so the corrosion will be underneath, & the lacquer will have to be removed before any restoration.
     
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    Like 1970s Japanese fork legs, engine casings, brakes, etc?:D
     
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    Better make that a nylon scourer ...stainless steel is harder than the Aluminium and will scratch it
     
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    Thank's pop's , that's exactly what i would have expected and the reason why i questioned it .

    Ah now that is a really good point , and the simple truth is i don't know .

    I'm not so sure about chrome , but yeah i've got autosol in the garage , had it so long i can't remember getting it . Actually i never gave it a thought ! . To my mind it's a bit aggressive for chrome , so i would only use it on rusted chrome , but unless someone know's different it would be perfect on alley .
     
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    Vapour blasting is the way forward for alloy
     
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    And the anodised.
     
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    Oooooo , you had me with that one , i've never heard of that term . However had you said slurry blasting (courtesy mr google) , i would have known instantly what ya mean't , i've had that used on my boat (fibreglass) . That's how i discovered it's got osmosis , but i don't think i'm quite at that stage just yet .

    Again , at this moment in time , i don't think i'm at that stage just yet .
     
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    Do check if it's laquered or anodised. Anodised in particular is very difficult to deal with.
     
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    Yes Tony , i know . The mast of my boat is gold anodized . Don't worry i will , mate , hopefully it will be lacquered .
     
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    Please do not use wire wool or scouring pads. This will remove bit will destroy any protective coatings.
    Use a fine metal polish then wax to help prevent degradation.
     
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    Good old Proctor masts!
     
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    Yep exactly what i figured , Charlie . I was hoping you would pop your head round the corner . How do you rate autosol or peek , mate .

    Lol , that's the one . I bet they looked great when they were new , but that was in 67 .
     
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