Need Help with Aluminum

Old 01-21-14, 03:06 PM
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Need Help with Aluminum

I am in the process of restoring two older gambling wheels. I am guessing that they are about 50 years old and quite grungy. I am trying to clean up the aluminum rail that goes around the perimeter of the wheel. As you can tell from the picture, it appears that the wheel was rolled on its edge for decades as it is scratched and pitted.

I don't have the first clue on how to get these scratches and pits out and then, try to polish it up so it looks shiny again.

I know that I can just purchase some new flash nosing but I am trying to do this project on the cheap.

Any advice is appreciated.
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Old 01-21-14, 03:27 PM
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I'd probably go with a brushed finish to help conceal deeper pits and scratches. Maybe start with something like a 220 grit emery cloth and see whether you need to go coarser initially. Heck...even one of the flexible abrasive pads might work well...used them rarely. Not the ones called sanding sponges, the ones that look more like woven spiderwebs.
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I agree with brushed look would be easier and much quicker. If you want to polish you would have to step your sandpaper... 320.. 400..600... up to 1500... or even 2500. Then use an aluminum polishing compound To get the shine. not sure how deep 220 will go aluminum is very soft. The smoother the paper you finish with the more shine you will get. Also use wet sanding paper above 400. Soak it in a bucket of water and a few drops of soap for a few minutes before you start. And keep it wet while your sanding This makes the paper last longer and keeps the paper from digging in.

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