Alloy, Stainless and Magnesium metal polishing
We like shiny stuff!
We like shiny stuff, especially when it's bare metal and I know it's something we share with a whole heap of you reading this article.
Our main reason for looking into making our Metal Polish was for the hundreds of magnesium and alloy wheels that are fitted to most of our older race/sports cars. We used to find that any polish we used would be hard work and gave us a very average result. To make it worse, a week later we would be infuriated to see the shine slowly deteriorate. This is why we set to work on our own custom metal polish. The first formula took around a year of playing with many different abrasives and cleaning compounds, till we finally came up with the base to what we have now.
Our custom polish
Our Metal Polish brings up a brilliant, mirror shine to all dull, tarnished, polishable metals. It's incredibly easy to use and has a shine that will last for months, not weeks! This long term shine is due to the unique protective qualities we have built into the formulation; something all others deliberately fall very short on (so you use more of their product). The metals we find it really excels on are alloy, magnesium and stainless steel. When used with our technique it's also chrome safe as well. The amount of positive feedback we are getting from people with bikes, trucks and boats is pretty cool; all loving how easy it is to use, and the longevity of the shine. Another bonus is we make it a concentrate, so you don't have to use much product to get a great result.
2017 Formula Updates
We have recently further upgraded the Metal Polish formula, which can be found with the new "Tru Blu" formula that uses new cleaning lubricants and even more advanced fine abrasives to bring up a shine like nothing else we have ever seen. Let me put it out there; after using everything else, we honestly do not know of a better metal polish in the world.
The Dirty Deeds cloth is a strong and purpose made cloth that works great for Metal Polishing. It will make the job quicker over using normal rags and with a 2nd cloth for the final clean buff, makes sure you get the best possible finish. The different texture and weave is its biggest trick for polishing metals, along with being a dark grey colour, so the inevitable staining is less pronounced from both polishing and many other "dirty deeds" around the car.
It also helps to pump up AC/DC as some great motivational music while doing these jobs as well.
Using the Metal Polish
Firstly make sure that the metal surface you are using is suitable for this polish. Don't use it on lacquered metals, fine silver, zinc plating or anodised aluminum. It will remove these coatings from the metal.
We find with chrome, you just need to wipe it on and then wipe it off. There is usually no need to buff it in like you do with alloy, stainless and magnesium metals.
Less is best - don't use too much product or it will not work as well.
For the best results, you have to make sure the metal surface is clean and dry. Shake the bottle well, and apply a small, pea sized sized dollop to one of our Dirty Deeds microfibre cloths.
Small sections at a time
Do small sections at a time, wiping the polish all over the surface. Then buff into the metal until the cloth feels smooth to run back and forth over the surface. We find its usually about 10 to 20 seconds for lightly tarnished, dull metals. You will hear the polishes working away on the tarnished surface as you rub it in. When it stops making that noise, the abrasives have broken down and the area should now be nicely polished.
For really badly affected surfaces, repeat the process to get better effect (if needed) as opposed to slathering on too much product all at once.
If you have really soft and flat faced alumimium, apply in one direction, in a gentle side to side motion to avoid leaving light polishing marks in the material.
If you're only polishing a small area, turn the Dirty Deeds cloth over to a clean side and buff the black residue from the metal to reveal a stunningly shiny surface. If it's a larger area, use two Dirty Deeds cloths, one for polishing and the other for the final buff off.
If you have a some black residue left in hard to reach spots, be aware you can wash this away with water if it suits you as well now too. Just apply water and wipe it away with with a wet cloth.
You will now have that beautiful Bowden's Own shine. So smile at yourself in the reflection!
There is an endless list of things you can use our metal polish on - we seem to find something new every day. Try it in the home on things like the sink and taps; however make sure the missus doesn't claim the bottle and cloths! It can even be used on things like the old baileys ladders (for those who are that way inclined), as it brings these up to a beautiful, mirror finish. Boats, planes, trucks and bikes; basically anything with a polishable metal area will benefit from our polish. Try it out and see why we simply regard it as one of the best in the world.
Due to the jewelers type rouge in it, you can even use it as a glass polish! You can read more about this in another one of our car care guides.
Round bits technique
On alloy bars, exhaust tips, even dancing poles, we have this cool technique to make the job easier.
Fold the Dirty Deeds in half long ways, and apply the Metal Polish in the middle of one side of the cloth. Then, wrap it around the round section and grab each end of the cloth and pull back on it. Then work the cloth back and forth in a sawing motion to polish all around the area. Go back and forth till you're happy the job is done. Then grab a 2nd, clean Dirty Deeds cloth and buff the residue away. We find this little technique makes this job a lot easier!
For an easy clean up afterwards, we have made the new Tru Blu formula so it washes off with just water. Yes thats right, just water. Feel free to use a gentle soap as well if you really want. This is something you will appreciate if you have used other polishes that seem to have the black residue stay in your hands for days after using them.
The Dirty Deeds microfibre cloths will need to be pre soaked in a bucket with warm water and 50mls of our Microfibre Wash. Give them some agitation and then rinse in fresh water before machine washing them. Make sure to wash them separately from everything else as the black residue from the polishing will leach into the other cloths they are washed with!
The Metal Polish has had many upgrades over the years to keep it being the best out there. The new Tru Blu version is keeping with that tradition as it's an important product for us and something we really take great pride in; especially whilst polishing the Shelby Cobra or Brock A9X's original magnesium rims. I know you will like what we have created to appease that deep desire to keep the polishable metal parts of our cars looking as fine as possible.
You can find our Metal Polish in our numerous supporting retailers. The closest to you is located on the stockist list linked here.
If you have any questions please email email@example.com or call our office on 1800 351 308.