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    If you get those pieces polished they will look amazing i guarantee it.
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    once it's polished I guess it will be a never ending job to keep it that way or do you laqure.

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    I was going to ask if lacquering was an option...

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    If it's going to live on a shelf then polish the granny out of it, if it's getting used then just give the parts a good going over with a Scott bright pad in loads of hot soapy water to give them a nice bright alloy appearance.

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    To be honest Laquering it wont add much protection anyways.
    Polish it up if you wish for those first photos etc and then get it out there and get it dirty. It will never be that clean again so dont lose sleep over it just enjoy it.
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    de-anodizing can be dangerous but not if its done safely, cheers for that cabbie, i remember doing mine a few years ago, im glad i got rid of the bloody purple!

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    im gonna give this a go on the rear part of my chassis ( orange peice )
    my question is do i need to remove the captured nuts from the chassis plate before i do this or can i leave them in
    if i need to remove them what is the best way to do this
    cheers linds

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    They are pressed in, just deanodise with them in place.

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    cheers cabbie i just wasnt sure it would be ok or not

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    ok i just had a go at this method of de anodising
    and wow i was well impressed i didnt use as much as cabbie says to but thats not an issue
    all i can say is things happen quick so be aware
    it works real well
    i will get some pics up of the t when its done

    also if you have even the slightest sign of a addictive personality be carefull as i now have a few items that lack in colour
    as i was walking around the garagewith a big grin on my face searching for items to de anodise


    great thread cabbie thanks bud :

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    Have many of you tried polishing to know that it dulls so quickly?

    I ran a polished chassis all last year and many times forgot to mount the skid plate, yes it dulled after a years worth of running but a 10 minute buff and it was back to mirror.

    Polish is a metal treatment, it doesn't stay on top it actually cleans the metal and penetrates it. Pretty good stuff I'd say give it a go.

    I'll get some pics later to how it was last year and how it is now.

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    How did you get the mirror finish Terry? I have tried many times but only seem to get a polished raw finish.

    You got any links to a guide?

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    You need to use wet 'n' dry paper, start with medium grade and work you're way down to 1200, then polish the granny out of it with Mother billet polish or similar.

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    Hi all

    I de anodised every thing off my baja today, it was done in no time but omg its gunna take some time sanding, any ways gives me something to do hopefuuly she will be done for the bash in two weeks time.

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    nice thx for the info on how to do it
    i can get hold of industrial costic so ill half the amount and time and see how that goes !!
    not got one yeeeeetttt :doh::doh::doh: but now got two:excited:

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    The Brand Cabbie used in his pic is available in most 1 shops I have used a few different brands and that one is the best and cheapest by far for Caustic

    Nice tip Cabster

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    would you wnna de-anodise my chassi cabbie?

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    i did mine a few months back heres some shots of stage one of my sandrail build




    if you spend time on it you can get it looking like this


    did did not have time to polish all the bits i just did a few bits just to see if i could or not

    but the rest will be in my list of things to do in my winter strip and clean




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    looking ace, i did mine but never got as good a finish as this, but anything looks better than the anodized purple so was happy, will polish up again in the winter strip down.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by postie90 View Post
    looking ace, i did mine but never got as good a finish as this, but anything looks better than the anodized purple so was happy, will polish up again in the winter strip down.....




    looks nice

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