Polish Aluminium & Diamond Plate - Mothers
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Polish Aluminium & Diamond Plate

You can go at your aluminium in two ways – by hand, or by power tool. Using a tool from your car polishing kit, like Mothers® PowerCone® or PowerBall® makes light and quick work of it, but polishing by hand gives you much more control, even though it takes a little longer. The sensible division of these approaches goes something like this – use a power tool when dealing with large areas, and your hands every other time.

Hand Polishing

Make sure the surface is cool to the touch before you begin. Slip on a pair of gloves to protect your hands from the car polish, and get to it. Apply small amounts to an applicator pad, cotton or microfiber car cleaning cloth and work in stages. Attending to small sections at a time will reduce the risk of the product streaking and staining, in which case you will have to add a new dab of polish and wipe away the area with a clean cloth. Mothers® Mag & Aluminum Polish is always a popular choice, and you can get far by using very little. Always work in a back and forth motion, as circular movements tend to smudge on this metal.

Rub the surface, and when you remove the towel and there’s black residue on it, the polish is working. If there’s no residue, it means you’re using the wrong kind of polish on your aluminium. A clean towel can be used to remove the polish when you’ve finished a section. Make sure you wipe away the polish while still wet. If left to dry, polish can stain and leave a hazy residue on the metal.

Detail Tip:

Mothers® Billet Polish is an ultra-fine graded polish and specially formulated for use on high quality billet surfaces, brass, as well as fine-cast aluminium.

Power-tool Polishing

Once again, only begin once the surface you’re working on is cool to the touch. Protective glasses or goggles is essential when using power tools, and a pair of gloves to protect your hands is also a good idea. When you have your equipment and products ready, you can begin.

Once again, only begin once the surface you’re working on is cool to the touch. Protective glasses or goggles is essential when using power tools, and a pair of gloves to protect your hands is also a good idea. When you have your equipment and products ready, you can begin.


When you’ve finished polishing a section, take a clean microfiber towel to that section and buff the black residue away. It’s finished when the shine hurts your eyes.

Repeat the same process over the rest of the metal.