Some before Shots. For some reason I really enjoyed polishing this aluminum.
Old fashioned brightening tooth paste was abrasive. Seems if you wanted bright white teeth you needed to sand off the offending layer of enamel. It was great for polishing plastic. Modern whiting tooth paste does not have the abrasives. You can do the same thing with polishing compound. Be sure to get all of the old compound out. You wouldn't want it going through the engine.the-chauffeur said:Hey - thanks guys. As you can see from the project thread, it's been a lot of work getting this far.
I've used a flat black on my exhausts, but haven't put them on yet 'cos it still hasn't really hardened. I sprayed them up weeks ago, but the coating seems to stay fragile until heat cured. Right now the float valves are overdue, so it's leaking a bit. Wanna get that sorted before putting the exhausts anywhere near it. That said, I've just read a post somewhere that suggests using toothpaste to lap in leaking float valves, so if my replacements take much longer to arrive, I might just give that a go.
As for the paint colour, I turned the gas tank over when I first got it and found there were a couple of good, strong unfaded sections. I just told the paint guys to get as close as they could - and it seems like they got it spot on. Since the photo was taken, I've put the badges on the tank, fitted the skid plate and done almost all of the rest of they tidying up.
It's now just a case of biding my time until it's fuel tight. Still yet to hear it running . . . can't tell you how hard it is to be this patient