|Drip guard before cleaning and polishing.|
|Underside of the drip guard.|
The jalousie windows were next. I couldn't maneuver them around the bench grinder, so I put a 4 1/2" buffing wheel on my electric drill and then I was able to reach most of the exposed surfaces. But they required a little more work than the drip guard. The insides of the frames had to be scrubbed with fine steel wool. I couldn't get the buffing wheel anywhere near them, so I finished them off with Never Dull, which is a cotton/wool substance impregnated with a liquid polishing compound. The exterior exposed surfaces cleaned up well with just the buffing wheel treatment. In a few places I had to give the outer surfaces a rub with fine steel wool also.
|The exterior aluminum surfaces are really dirty and dull.|
The underside of the belly band had a thick build-up of what I assume was aluminum oxide -- it resembled the kind of mineral deposits that can accumulate inside plumbing parts. These I had to use three grades of steel wool to remove before buffing with the wheel on the end of the drill. Each of the two belly band pieces required over an hour of work.
|Polished and unpolished parts of the belly band -- a huge difference.|
|Here is the jobsite -- buffing wheel on drill, steel wool, and Never Dull.|
|Drip guard and awning rail re-installed. Now they shine!|