Newbie dumb question.
I'm in the process of removing all the gunk the PO put on my 1971 Caravel
. Lots of fun. I think they spray painted the lower part with some sort of silver paint (maybe using spray cans???) . . . and used something else higher up. Stripper clears it easily in some places and hard to strip, elsewhere. I guess the #1 ingredient in the remedy is patience. I have that.
Next comes polishing. I'm guessing that a rotary polisher plus a gentle abrasive will take off the odd paint flec. I don't really want a high finish. . I just want it to look decent.
I can't see why they charge $30+ / lb for simple, common, substances. In housework I've come to rely on substances like Bon Ami (Calcium carbonate, no bleach) to get grime off of aluminum. The package says "Cleans without scratching" in big letters -- which is believable as calcium carbonate is softer than aluminum. I can get 14 oz of Bon Ami (around a pint of powder) for less than a dollar. Would it work to do a first round of polishing using a paste of this stuff (maybe using egg to make the paste??). . . then work to finer grit if needed?