Dr of BBQ
Oh and as far as clear coat... I tried it on the first one I did, can't remember what brand. It started to look dull after about 9 months. I find that car wax is the best bet, keeps the aluminum shiny and pretty and easier to keep up with.
Go grab that awesome little variable speed buffer and wax on, wax off.
What did the wax/buffing do to signage or vinyl letters?
Hi my truck is the one pictured above with the engine turning finish- I stripped the truck with POR-STRIPwhich blew every stripper ive ever used out of the water- i have been around aircraft for 15 years and the standard with aircraft and cars is "aircraft stripper" - it didnt even touch the paint on my truck- i actually polished a large portion of my truck with subsequent rubbing compounds , as this was my original plan for my truck- what i found was these points
-it was going to take more than 8 passes around my entire 24' of aluminum ( i was not into this)
- polishing aluminum makes a ridiculous mess
-it woud need to be polished /upkeep at least a few times a year - even at once a year that is alot! and i had the same fear as the DR of BBQ of the sinage /vinyl stickers
-it really did not get mirror- different grades of aluminum will polish differently, and i was not incredibly happy with the result
- so i started playing around with my "options" as a full or even partial wrap was not even close to my budget.- i also wanted to stand out ( so the "strange looking truck " comment is a compliment to me!) . so it took three rolls of red brown scotch brite and two passes around the truck. i washed the truck with alumaprep/dryed and cleared/ The clear product I used is Glisten PC by Por-15 products- if you know Por 15 you know they are the bomb. Glisten Pc is made for clearcoating polished metals- they coat polished alum truck trailers with this stuff in AU.( i am NOT a rep ) but check this stuff out- i figure if it sticks to polished alum - it will definately stick to alum that has been scratched with scotch brite!
all in all i am very happy with the finish, it is rock hard and very glossy- i will say that this process is not easy, and will not be for everyone - it was over a month an a half everyday on the exterior- and about 700 in materials - but to me it was worth it
just figured id explain my process better- i wish i had the time to post all my pics but i am under a time crunch to get this thing MAKING MONEY- instead of EATING it!