Do I Buff Aluminum?
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 problems such as casting porosity often necessitate
using a ventilated buff where the varying "bias" of the buff prevents
compound from loading in the pores of the material. Unlike steel that
reacts with the atmosphere by rusting, aluminum oxidizes, implying 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 Clear, Zoops
Seal or Clear Hotcoat Powder coating.
Eastwood offers the complete range of buffs,
compounds and coatings to help make
your project a success.