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post #7 of Old 06-03-2007
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If the items you are looking to polish are aluminum as I assume they are, you are going to have to coat them with something or they will soon return to their current state. Aluminum oxidation actually protects the metal below with a protective layer of oxidation. I'd probably wax them after cleaning. Spray-on clear acrylics will flake off like old varnish, but sooner.(g) I've heard good things about Colonite as well.

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