Sunday, July 24, 2011

Good Aluminum Polish: Elbow Grease



Elbow grease polish: Free!

Before I applied the mother's polish to this old caliper from the FLC project, I decided to rub off some of the surface grime. The more I rubbed, though, the better it looked. I think it must be a natural characteristic of aluminum to polish up on its own if you rub it, maybe due to the thin layer of aluminum oxide being a good polish? A little lube on the pivots and this thing seems good as new, almost.

3 comments:

  1. I love the way that aluminium polishes up when you rub it....!

    -Trevor

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  2. limom, you got me wondering what alloy these old brakes are made from.

    Trevor, me too, and until they start making bike parts from silver, Al will have to do...

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