Metal polish

Jersey James

Jersey James
Greetings: Just curious now the "Mother's Billet Metal Polish" is pretty much impossible to purchase. What brand of polish are most members switching too??? I purchased a bottle (liquid) of "White Diamond" metal polish, I find it that leaves a superior shine, just have to be careful not to knock the bottle over, or re~cap it after each using.
 

woodbutcher

Mr. Old Fart member #145
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something i have used in the past and still have as a backup is a cream in a tube named "Flitz". not the cheapest but it doesn't break the bank either. check at West Marine or something of that nature.
 

PROFLYER

SWOLE
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Lots of threads on this. Not sure why the billet has been discontinued, someone may know. What I think matters really is how you apply anything. Best we've all found is to use a nitrile glove and rub it on, then use a soft cotton cloth to remove it. Microfiber towels seem to leave scratches for some reason. I got a pack of yellow flannel cotton towels on amazon years ago for cheap. Otherwise...elbow grease! The black diamond works well, but billet prep is important too. If you have deep scratches or marring, you want to polish it with some 0000 steel wool and some WD40 or similar to make the surface really smooth. Then follow up with some 3000 grit and finally the polish. Sort of like paint--until the surface is scratch free, it's hard to polish.
 

Jersey James

Jersey James
Thank you Woodbutcher & PROFLYER. Back in the early 70s, I worked as a metal polisher, for a chrome shop. So I do understand about the proper surface prep. Without removing any bullet parts from the bike, I have sanded away many surface scratches. Sometimes starting with 600 or 800 grit paper, and usually finishing off with wet 2500. After that, I use a course polish such as Mother's Mag & Aluminum Polish ( the cheaper stuff) then finish off now with White Diamond. Works for me. I was just curious what products other forum members were using now that the Mother's Billet is no longer available. JJ
 
I use White Diamond, apply with the nitrile glove until nice and black. Then I buff it off with a wheel on a drill and finish off with old T-shirts. I may try the billet prep idea's they sound great!
 

PROFLYER

SWOLE
Lifetime Supporting Member
Thank you Woodbutcher & PROFLYER. Back in the early 70s, I worked as a metal polisher, for a chrome shop. So I do understand about the proper surface prep. Without removing any bullet parts from the bike, I have sanded away many surface scratches. Sometimes starting with 600 or 800 grit paper, and usually finishing off with wet 2500. After that, I use a course polish such as Mother's Mag & Aluminum Polish ( the cheaper stuff) then finish off now with White Diamond. Works for me. I was just curious what products other forum members were using now that the Mother's Billet is no longer available. JJ
You know what you're doing then. I have repaired some bad scratches using that method too. Start with 600, then 0000, then 2500/3000 then polish. As you know, you're basically just making smaller scratches. I think the white diamond leaves a decent seal coating too, I've noticed water beads up on it well which helps keep stuff looking good for longer. If you want a chrome looking bike, you gotta put the work in. Mine doesn't look that killer, but I typically just polish it for an hour here and there in the winter.
 

HMAN

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