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OOeer...

Has anyone tried any DIY polishing - ie. wheels/cam covers, other engine bits.. is it just a matter of gettting down with a dremmel and a polishing tip or is it more complicated than that.

Fancy adding a bit of bling to the motor.... :)

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Have a chat to Simon A, he's put in a lot of time polishing up various engine bits. Hopefully he's got a few hints and tips.
 

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I've done a lot of polishing on my bikes over the years, swinging arms engine casings wheel rims etc. It's a dirty job so it's best to wear a mask and gloves.

I take it your going to buy a DIY polishing kit with different mops and soaps. You can get them for about twenty odd quid.

A Dremmel won't do it if you've got a big surface to do (I am assuming that you want your parts mirror polished). I use a bench grinder with the mops fitted to it and also a hand drill depending on what job I'm doing. The more power the polisher has behind it the better.

On rough surfaces you would need to smooth them first with emery paper.

To be honest wheels are a lot of work, you would have to get all the paint or whatever coating is on them off first then start polishing which will be very time consuming, it's not the kind of thing you could do if you were taking the car off the road for a day or so.

If your going to do it, try something small and fairly smooth first just so you can get a taste for what's involved.

If it was me, I'd take the wheels to a proffesional polisher, but I'm getting lazy in my old age.
 

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Cheers for the replies...

I had a mooch about after posting and found this...

www.englishcustompolishing.com

which has some interesting info on it. It looks like excellent results can be achieved by hand as you dont run the risk of damaging the workpeice by slipping with grinder/dremmel/drill but clearly this will be time consuming.

I will probably take your advice turbob12 and do something simple first - as for the wheels, I am proper skint at the moment so the idea was to do 'improvements' for nothing, so would like to give it a go myself. They are flat faced open spoked alloys so should be relatively easy compared to some designs.

Anyway, I will let you know how I get on and if anyone else has any tit-bits......

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I did the cam covers and turbo pipes...used one of the air tool polisher jobbies at Richard Bells...took ages but highly satisfying when its all gleaming!
 
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wheels are a pain in the ar$e! I'm halfway through doing mine and so far it has taken more than 4 days, and then I think I could have done them better.......

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Polishing wheels? Won't they just get all corroded in a couple of weeks?

Has anyone tried chrome-plating engine components?
 

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not long had my skyline and i have done the charge carrier to mirror, took quite long but i have had lots of practice, done some escort cozzy rims befor & some ac schnitzer bmw wheels, these take ages and when they are done they need to be polished with normal car polish every time you use them to stop them going manky and to keep the shine, alloy dosnt plate verry well so i wouldnt advise that.
 
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