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Old 04-02-2015, 04:43 PM   #1
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These deep deep scratches..

So my cutting is going alright, a lot of deep pits but what do you do...

My question is the scratches... I have some deep ones. I've been using 400grit on an orbital to help with how bad the skin is, wondering how hard some of you have gone with the sand paper?

I'm thinking on these to start with 200-250 work up to 600 and cut from there? I won't get it perfect this year but I'm hoping my black to red to white on the bars will do until I get a cyclo this winter. And if anyone has had success with the white as a final type of polish let me know how good it came out!

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Old 04-02-2015, 05:11 PM   #2
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Don't use anything more coarse than 400! I would also wet sand by hand. An orbital sander will remove material very quickly! The scratches will prob never go away, but you can minimize them especially after using mineral spirits after polishing.


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Old 04-02-2015, 05:58 PM   #3
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I agree I don't think they will never go away just want to minimize as much as I can

You think 250-300 is too harsh?


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Old 04-02-2015, 09:19 PM   #4
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Absolutely ! Aluminum is very soft


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Old 04-02-2015, 11:36 PM   #5
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They say that the skin has a brass core...is this true?
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Old 04-03-2015, 12:28 AM   #6
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Nope. It's aluminum through and through. Brass is too expensive.....


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Old 04-03-2015, 08:40 AM   #7
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I see the front window is covered with an aluminum sheet. Wow.
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Old 04-03-2015, 09:12 AM   #8
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I have a few beauty marks on mine too. The best you can do is average them out. You will have some very nice and very shiny scratches. You could always take up engraving and turn it into something.....
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Old 04-03-2015, 10:04 AM   #9
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Mines not your avg streamer lol, I'm trying to get it as nice as I can.... But the previous po's when I got the destroyed gutted shell had done some crazy bad work, like BAD.

It's taken me three years to get to here. I don't mind sanding but this is all trial and error and I want to be efficient. Was thinking about starting at 300 to 400 to 600 then wet sanding it out from there then cut it with my bars I've been using??!?


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Old 04-13-2015, 09:05 PM   #10
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Mine has been one of the worst skins I've seen on here
Roofing compound smeared everywhere, sticky caulking smeared everywhere, I mean everywhere.

I've managed to find a good system for me I'll share with you.

I start with 400 on an orbitAl, move to 600, wet sand 800 then to 1000.

Then after that, I use the black emery bar to cut. Has worked very well for the amount of **** kicking this poor girl took on the outside.

Have not come close to going through alcad. It's tougher then you think!!!!


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Old 04-19-2015, 03:07 PM   #11
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Thanks for posting this, I have a lot of scratches on mine too and am just curious to see what other's have done. As for the skin, I believe it's two layers, something like a harder very thin outer layer and a softer inner aluminum layer. Different aluminum compositions were used at different times.
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Old 04-22-2015, 06:07 PM   #12
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No problem!

My skin was sooooooo buggered.
This has gone well so far, although deep scratches and pits will always remain, what a difference


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Old 04-24-2015, 08:02 PM   #13
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Starting on the roof, same method. Working well.


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I think we sometimes get too obsessed with trying to make old things look new. I like well cared for old things (like my wife). I say say shine her and do not worry too much for a few character wounds. They are part of what makes bringing new life to an old thing rewarding. Sort of an ode to it's past.
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