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Old 08-01-2008
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Question Chrome and Aluminum Protection

I am new to the forum and have been looking for information on protecting chrome and aluminum wheels etc. when at the coast. I have an RV and will be spending a number of months in the Keys this winter and want to protect my mirrors, wheels, horns, etc. I have heard from other RVers that using a silicone spray works but I thought I would check with the experts. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Default Re: Chrome and Aluminum Protection

Mothers Chrome Polish is a light non-gritty formula that also offers a coat of polymer protection.

For uncoated alloy that are polished or coated, using a pure carnauba wax (liquid or paste) does offer protection from dust and grime. One of our Spray Wax products would also be ideal, and wouldn't be slippery or attract dust like some silicone products.

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Thank you very much for the quick response and I think I will go in the direction of one of your spray wax products. Might as well stick with a winner!

Again thanks for the help.
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Question Re: Chrome and Aluminum Protection

The windows on myv sailboat are framed in aluminum which is oxidized. I have tried 000 steel wool to polish the aluminum. No effect whatsoever.

Does Mother's have a product which will remove the oxidation and polish the aluminum?

If so, then what can I apply after shining the aluminum frames to protect them from the sun and salt water Spray?

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Default Re: Chrome and Aluminum Protection

That trim is usually anodized.

You can try our Mothers Marine PowerMetal on a test area - it should turn black immediately if the aluminum is bare. If it doesn't, it's most likely anodized. It's only $6 or so, so if it doesn't work you're only out a small amount of money.

If anodized (which is a hard, thin coating), you'll have to strip the anodizing off - which will leave you with bare aluminum which will need to be polished on a regular basis.

Out of curiosity, why would you use steel wool to try and polish that trim?
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Photos would be helpful.

For protection, routine applications of Spray Wax would be great for any hard, smooth surface.
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Default Re: Chrome and Aluminum Protection

Thank you very much Forest T. Triple 0 steel wool was my first thought to polish the aluminum. It has some grey staining in various areas of the window frames. I thought fine steel wool would work. No effect whatsoever.

One boat specialist suggested a product called Mother's Billet. have you ever heard of Billet?

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Default Re: Chrome and Aluminum Protection

Billet Metal Polish is our finest automotive wheel polish for high grade cast/machined aluminum, and billet metal. It wouldn't be appropriate for your needs. It's best for billet aluminum wheels that have a mirror finish to them.

As admin suggested, pix would be useful. I'm still thinking it's anodized, and if it is, you'll have to:

• Live with its appearance
• Remove the anodizing and polish it on a regular basis, or
• Have it professionally re-anodized
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