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last week someone backed into my Z. Fortunately no damage was done to the front cover, but the custom License plate frame received some damage.

The frame is polished aluminum, but I had to use some very fine paper to sand the gouge out. I heated the frame up, put it back into shape but now have the unpolished rough surface that needs to be repolished.

I used the regular polish, but the spot needs more due to the grain is showing again, something with grit.

Anyone have a suggestion on how to buff the spot back to a nice lustre?
 

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this may help (came from a wheels polishing thread):

Start with 320 grit till the rim seems evenly smooth. Then repeat the process with 400, 600, 800, 1000, and mirror fine sand paper till they are smooth as possible. Once you are sure that there are no deep scratches and the rim is smooth as glass then you are ready to polish. The sanding should be wet-sanding with plenty of water!

Now get some Mothers brand aluminum polish and start polishing with a fine 100% cotton cloth. Buff each side of rim about 5-6 times wiping clean with a separate cloth each time. Once desired shine is achieved remount wheels. You must remember that once they are polished scratches show easily. Finish by applying a coat of automobile wax, I use Meguiar's Wax . Some people will tell you to have them painted with clear coat but the paint will peel in time as the aluminum is too smooth to hold the paint effectively. You will only need to re-buff once every month or so. I would go over my aluminum real quickly with polish after each wash. If you keep it waxed it will not oxidize, don't believe people who say it will oxidize, just keep it waxed and give it a quick polish every now and then. You'll get the hang of it.
 

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thanks, looks like I will stop and get some stuff and refinish.
 
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