ENKAY Aluminum Polishing Kit, Model 142
Perfect kit for a perfect price
I polished an aluminium valve cover and a radiator on a recent engine bay restoration. It turned out excellent. This kit had all the right sized and textures for my project. I bought two, so that I would not contaminate the polishing clothes with different grades of polish. It turned out so well, I won car of the month at 3SI!!!!
April 23, 2013
The kit you need for polishing motorcycle parts!
The Enkay Aluminum Polishing Kit was deigned with polishing motorcycle parts in mind. If you are needing to restore crankcase covers, points covers, rocker box covers, etc, this is the kit you need.
Pros: The price is right. With proper care, the wheels and bobs will last a very long time. The compounds work great. The kit contains almost everything you need.
Cons: You will need to buy extra compounds from Enkay if you want the best chrome like shine on your aluminum. The product booklet and usage guide that comes with the kit will tell you which other compounds can be used for aluminum and other metals or materials needing to be polished.
If you don't already have one, you will need to buy a wheel brush to keep your wheels from being contaminated with compounds as you switch between the compounds in order to have the best polished surface.
There is not any real good info on the web about restoring aluminum motorcycle parts so, I'm including a tutorial on the proper process below for anyone who is serious about doing this sort of thing on a more than regular basis. If you are new to restoring aluminum motorcycle parts and are planning to restore more than a few on your own, the other things needed are:
-A good shop sized air compressor with a coalescent filter to keep the air hose free of oil and moisture.
-A proper sized blasting cabinet and blasting media made of walnut shell or ceramic bead for heavy cleaning or soda for light cleaning. (!Never use glass bead on the inside of the motor! You're better off not using it at all! Any glass residue that is embedded in the aluminum or hiding in the motor will destroy it!)
-Wet sand paper or aluminum oxide sanding sheets of various grades starting from 120 grit to 400 and higher grit.
-A polishing motor/bench grinder motor with extended shafts. (Extended shafts make room for such things as crank cases. If you don't use extended shafts of 6" to 12" you will learn quickly why you need them when your almost perfectly polished cover bites the wheel and bangs into the spinning hardware or other serfaces, leaving deep scratches and taking chunks!) -You will also need a good parts washer or if you have the money, an ultrasonic cleaner. A parts washer that has a strong pump, is heated and can work unattended using green chemicals works just fine for removing most gunk. The blaster will remove the rest.
Steps: Soak and wash parts then, if there are deep scratches or pits you wish to smooth out, use the wet sandpaper or aluminum oxide sheets from the toughest grit you think you need, working your way to the softest grit, being careful to keep an even surface to avoid visible ripples in the aluminum. Next, blast parts to remove aluminum corrosion and any road gunk or filth still present, restoring the piece back to bare aluminum. Wash the piece again to remove any blasting media and residue and let dry. Then polish with the Enkay Aluminum Polishing Kit, fallowing the instructions included with their product, remembering to gently clean wheels and bobs as you switch compounds. You will now have a beautiful chrome like, mirror shine on your parts!
August 13, 2012
Great Product for any need for polishing
This product has all of your needs to do any polishing job that you will have around the house or anywhere. Thanks.
May 23, 2008
Great beginners Polishing Kit
After some searching I found the ENKAY Polishing here at Northern Tools. I had it for about 2-3 weeks before I was actually able to try it out, I did some wet sanding first to get most of the gunk that built-up on my wheels, and then the easy job came. I used my hand drill (which was rated at 2500 rpm, next time I'm going for more speed) with the ENKAY polishing disks and got amazing results. I wish I could send pictures so you could see what kind of results an amature can achieve. Once I put my bike back together, I'm going to take it out, show my friends, and let them know that for about 4-5 hours per tire (both sides) what their wheels could look like. Thanks for having the ENKAY Polishing Kit available. I'll be ordering another kit pretty soon.
April 23, 2008
I used this product to do some detail polishing on my Airstream Trailer. I used the different attachments around the various plaques, raised letters and windows. I found the polishing heads to be too soft and not small enough to get into some of the small spaces. The heads wore out quickly as they rubbed up against the plaques and letters. They worked great for getting close to the widows and for the rivet heads. This was an inexpensive kit for the use on a single trailer but it would not last for more than one.
July 9, 2007