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Just looking for some good tips on the best way to go about polishing the valve covers, oh and the timing belt covers too, on my '84 Aspencade.
 

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Mark its a labor of love . I have done several parts and it takes time . I begin with 400 wet or dry sandpaper and work up to 800 or higher . The smoother you get with sandpaper the better the the polish finish turns out . You will need the sandpaper , buffing pads ,(if you use a power buffer ) and the rouge comes in several grades . You work your way into a shine . Here is a link to supplies and another to a "how to "

:How to polish aluminum for motorcycles to chrome like finish

: Buffing and Polishing Supplies - Auto Appearance Specialties
 

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Thanks Mike! Now that I'm far enough over the heart surgery I can begin to do some little things to make this behemoth look better. One question: Are the valve and timing belt covers typically clear coated?
 

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Okee Dokee thanks.
 

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All you really need is the sand paper and Mothers Aluminum Wheel Polish. Then use the polish to keep looking good afterwards. Don't use a clear coat. It will yellow.
 

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...been lazy with my picture-taking lately, ...been using my phone for most of 'em (over-exposed), but this was done with wire brushes and Nevr-Dull.
 

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