The wide range of material properties associated with
aluminum make it suitable for an equally wide range of automotive
component applications. Aluminum has been used for everything
from wheels to manifolds, turbo housings, trim and castings. Getting
aluminum to reveal its inner beauty requires a variety of different
techniques to establish and preserve the ultimate shine.
Typically aluminum is softer than its steel counterpart
and tends to buff faster. However, aluminum's nature often calls
buff, where the varying "bias" of the buff prevents compound
from “loading” in the pores of the material. Unlike steel, which
reacts to the atmosphere by rusting, aluminum oxidizes, which
means that the buffing process is often a two-step matter of removing
the oxidization and then bringing out the luster.
Once the shine is established, it is important to
preserve your work to prevent the brilliant surface from dulling
using clear coating products such as Diamond
Seal or Clear Hotcoat
Powder coating. Eastwood offers a complete selection of buffs,
and coatings, as well as complete
buffing kits, to help make your project a success.