working with aluminum (finishing your project)

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Forum topic by mnorusis posted 08-03-2010 07:07 PM 1071 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-03-2010 07:07 PM

I’m planning a project that will have a strip of aluminum running down the middle, either 1/8” or 1/4” wide and I’m trying to figure out the finishing phase so that i can try it out on a test piece I’m doing.

When I’ve worked with brass in the past, the brass ends up looking great by just using progressively finer grits of sandpaper. I’m wondering if it’s the same with Aluminum?

Also, will BLO have any negative affect on the aluminum strip? I’m planning on using BLO before the final finish (wipe on poly or something similar, still undecided).

If anyone has worked with aluminum before, i’d love to learn from your exp.


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#1 posted 08-03-2010 07:31 PM

Hey Mike!

Finish the aluminum the same way you would do brass. It will also help the finish if you can get it a little time on a buffer also. You can buff the aluminum and wood at the same time. Just be careful to use a buffing wheel that is pretty clean; not full of buffing compound as it will discolor the wood. Also, before you get it on the buffer, make sure you clean off all aluminum sanding dust so it does not contaminate the wood which would discolor it. Not sure what the finish you want to use is, but I can’t imagine a poly type finish causing any problems. Finishing with a buffer will give the aluminum and wood a great shine.

-- Mike

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#2 posted 08-03-2010 07:43 PM

BLO shouldn’t do anything one way or another to the aluminum. I usually finish my aluminum with any kind of poly. It’s a good layer of protection for it.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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