How to Clean and Polish Metal to Mirror Finish

How to Clean and Polish Metal to Mirror Finish


Hello and Welcome to another video. In this Video what I am going to do is show you the process that I use to clean, polish and buff the metal components for the bikes I have been often can I show in more detail so that is exactly what I am going to do today and I will be showing you how to basically from start to finish how to clean up the components all the way up to this standard so yes it looks absolutely gleaming so hold on tight and lets get started Step 1 First we need to wash the components down dismantle as much as possible I generally use a small tooth brush something like that just to give the components a good scrub it gets rid of all the grease and grit ready for polishing the metal what it also does is show up any actual scratches that we need to deal with STEP 2 Deal with any scratches that is on the metal itself Use a Metal sand paper start off with quiet a grainy sand paper and work down to a really fine paper at first you will think that what you are doing is wrong But what you are doing is getting rid of that scratch you are rubbing down into to it to smooth it out so it does feel a little alien actually doing this but it is the way forward we do have to do this to get rid of this scratch from the metal itself STEP 3 Once that we have got rid of all the scratches from the metal itself we can then start to Polish the Metal in this case we are just using a Metal Polish a Cream Polish Just using a clean rag to actually rub into the metal and than buff off with a nice clean cloth However, if we do have access to a drill or even better still, a bench grinder then hold on tight because we are going to take this a step further STEP 4 Well this involves a rubbing compound, several of! and very fast turning wheels which is provided by the bench grinder So before we start we need to start thinking safety First things first we need to think about our eyes so I have got some safety glasses So need to get them on and then we also need to think about a dust mask and the reason for that is because a lot of air borne metal particles that is produced from it the compound and also the metal So, we need a dust mask OK and also a good set of Gloves As I say the wheel do turn very fast and also we are dealing with metal as you can see I have been using these already so just keeps the hands clean and also protects them as well from the fast turning wheels so lets get these wheels turning OK, so we start off with quiet a hard rubbing compound Black or Brown on the hard wheel itself What is very important is to move the metal into different directions as possible So don’t keep it going in the same direction move it around and turn it into different directions You don’t have to apply that much pressure to it Once that we have done this We then move over to the other softer wheel and use the green compound Then to give that final buff move over to a soft wheel Using either a white or blue compound Finally finish off by getting rid of any excess polish using a cloth with chalk powder OK and what I will also do, I have also got a drill attachment that I use for getting into any little details for the metal itself, so not only do I use the bench grinder I also use a drill with a soft felt nib to actually get into all of the nicks and crannies that I can I hope that this has been helpful for you and that you can use it in your own projects Thanks for watching! and if you have not already subscribed then please Subscribe other than that drop us a like and Bye for Now!

84 Comments

  • Flor.e.Cultura

    December 7, 2016

    Nice Video!!!!

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  • Reggie Pratama

    December 7, 2016

    great job sir, i need this tutorial for my project hehe 👍 rgrds

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  • Théo Hutter

    December 7, 2016

    Can you make more lessons for learnt how revolve a bike oneself?

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  • bill zielke

    December 7, 2016

    Would you spray a clear coat on it or just keep it waxed? Always enjoy your videos.

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  • Emanuel J.

    December 7, 2016

    Great video as allways.
    Do you know how to protect a raw steel frame from rust? Stripped down an old frame, because the paintjob was awfull and like the raw look.

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  • Terrence Rettich

    December 7, 2016

    Those are amazing results. I've seen that process used before on auto parts.They called it Lineshing? I'm not sure how to spell it. I was looking for auto correct to help me out. Thanks Andy. Merry Christmas.

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  • Miel Pannecoucke

    December 7, 2016

    Great video! Looking for something like this for a long time!

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  • Hans Giebenrath

    December 7, 2016

    You kept your word! Thanks a lot once again for great and very helpful video.

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  • Alex Applegate

    December 7, 2016

    Great video. What exactly are the color things you are using for the last step? Thanks, Alex

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  • Familia Castro

    December 7, 2016

    muy bueno! I need more steps, I used 80, 100, 400 and 2000 sandpaper with water, but this is awesome.

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  • bapt2509

    December 7, 2016

    This is the vidéo I was waiting for !!!

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  • BobbyKBikes

    December 7, 2016

    Excellent video, thanks very much for posting, I shall bear this in mind next time I am working with aluminium parts 🙂

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  • jephree

    December 7, 2016

    nice video, maybe I should do my whole bike. Just wanted to say that I was always taught not too wear gloves when operating rotating machinery as it can be more dangerous if it gets caught up. wearing no gloves you might get cut but will instinctively pull away.

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  • Nauj Aral

    December 8, 2016

    Thank you Andy , 2 items on my list that u mentioned the bench and the hand grinders :)great video !! ps, nice glasses, look like a rock star 😉

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  • Velofil

    December 8, 2016

    shiny shiny ! Well done thank you

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  • xMrsmileyfacex

    December 8, 2016

    Gotta get me a bench grinder. The results are wonderful.

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  • 151octane

    December 10, 2016

    do you take the anodization off the parts first?

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  • Fenix Windsor

    December 16, 2016

    Excelente trabajo sr. Andy siga así y esperó suba pronto otro vídeo de restauración felicidades saludos de México

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  • BoogieKnight1976

    December 18, 2016

    Bling the bike, nice.

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  • brighton dude

    December 21, 2016

    The result of that polishing was very shiny indeed!

    I wonder if in some restorations you might not polish so much to keep a more original look and avoid what some call “over-restoring”?

    Great video. I always enjoy your videos.

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  • Luis Eduardo Sandoval Barajas

    December 24, 2016

    Cool!

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  • Vlad Gluhov

    January 3, 2017

    Not gonna work on anodised parts, right? You want to remove the anodising coat before polishing.

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  • Chris Wilby

    January 6, 2017

    well worth buying got my bench grinder with the kit a couple of days ago wouldn't have known how to use it with the instructions provided. great results. thanks mate made it a lot easier

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  • john mannion

    January 9, 2017

    removing an alu seatpost from a steel frame?i am sure you must have come across this over the years,any points? thanks

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  • genghisbunny

    January 31, 2017

    Great stuff, looking forward to trying this out. I've used the techniques for jewelry, never thought of scaling them up for bike parts!

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  • yenja 1

    February 3, 2017

    please make one on how to restore a wheel

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  • musamor75

    February 8, 2017

    Someone once said: "Rise and shine". And some did! Nice work. However, there are two schools : the high polish school, and the more subdued, which can be quite refined too. I did nearly thirty five years of antique furniture restoration, including nearly thirty in Paris. It provided me with an insight into the difference between shine, and glitter. However, you got your joeys into lovely shape, and I believe that a properly polished chainset and cranks are more water repellent. Good advice would be to degrease with meths or so, and then clear laquer to protect- and prolong- the finish. Good work.

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  • Adam Gaston

    February 12, 2017

    Awesome video, just subbed. What is the difference between the black and the green compounds that you used on the wheel?

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  • D Gillies

    February 13, 2017

    STEP 0.5 : Strip the anodizing with Lye (oven cleaner – EZ-OFF or equivalent, look for a spray-on oven cleaner that has warnings for lye). Spray the part, scrub gently with a plastic (worn-out vegetable) brush, then lay it in a pan for 5-10 minutes. This will evenly strip all the anodizing which is 3x harder than the soft aluminum and will produce a much more uniformly smooth result. Do not leave the part in lye for too long or you could get pitting or uneven stripping.

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  • Allan Williams

    February 14, 2017

    where can you obtain these different rubbing compounds, great video by the way

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  • Jürgen Kremer

    February 19, 2017

    Thank You Andi for showing your Polish Methods. What are the Polishing Discs you use? I thing this is very usefully, because when you are using the wrong Polishing, it all can get very bad….

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  • Ximo

    February 25, 2017

    Great video as usual!! It is necessary any kind of varnish or something in order to protect the metal after de polishing?

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  • とりちゃん

    March 15, 2017

    紙ヤスリでエッジがなくなった思い出

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  • Joe Slater

    April 22, 2017

    be careful with those gloves on with a spinning machine! dont want to get youre hand caught in it. thats what i was always taught anyway.

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  • Sever Gum

    May 1, 2017

    Hi Andy,
    I love to watch your instructions. They seem the most informative of all bike restorations on youtube to me 🙂
    But just a little safety thing – you especially with fast turning wheels or tools you shouldn't wear gloves. They get caught easier than the hand itself (one of the first things i learned as a mechanic).
    🙂 keep up the good work!

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  • xenimaging

    May 12, 2017

    good video, I've always wanted to strip the paint off of a frame and finish the entire frame like this, then apply a clear coat. I'd love to see you do a resto like that.

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  • ggralpy

    May 15, 2017

    What polish compound did you use? Which brand?

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  • rango tango

    May 29, 2017

    How do you keep the aluminum from oxydizing?

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  • ROCK IS DEAD

    May 31, 2017

    you're the best! greetings from Italy 🙂

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  • Kevin Maitland

    June 5, 2017

    awesome job also what grit sand paper did u use start out with i want to clean polish and remove the stratches off my shimano ultegra crankset

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  • Evan Johnson

    June 6, 2017

    Where could I pick up those rubbing compounds you mentioned? And how much are they going to cost me?

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  • tjahjo prakoso

    June 11, 2017

    thx bro

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  • Ben Voiles

    July 4, 2017

    Great job! But do you clear coat it when you are finished?

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  • გიგა ჟვანია

    July 14, 2017

    good job

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  • 15thsquadron01

    July 22, 2017

    What type of grain do I need? to remove the scratches? Metal Grade? But what number?

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  • dave hale

    August 4, 2017

    What grade of sandpaper???

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  • dave hale

    August 18, 2017

    THANK YOU so much for replying to my question, u have helped me soooo much!!

    Another question: I have a 1999 Peugeot Paris bike. Very nice shape, curious if u could give me a rough idea of what they are worth??

    THANKS again.

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  • I Like Diy

    August 23, 2017

    Very nice video's, really enjoy them.

    Should this work on some vintage brake levers too (shimano 600) ?

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  • sammy sam k

    September 6, 2017

    Spot onnn very informative thanx mate 👍

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  • Alejandro Macedo

    September 7, 2017

    Amazing job!

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  • Kyriakos Panou

    September 7, 2017

    Hi Andy
    How you prevent the strain of the metal after the polish?.Even a drop of water leaves stain to the polished metal

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  • AndresM.Uy

    October 8, 2017

    great job. I do it by hand , my steps are. 1) to wash with gasoil and 30% water(remove all) 2) to wash with detergent and water ( very cleany) 3) Fine sandpaper. 4) sandpaper with polishing paste . 5)Fine steel sponge with polishing paste, 6) polishing paste (frotando como loco ), 7) use your aluminium piece as a nutrir. thank you google translate

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  • AndresM.Uy

    October 8, 2017

    sorry , after of sandpaper with polishing paste ,only Fine steel sponge

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  • Phil Cam

    October 21, 2017

    Wow! How do you restore the shine on vintage wheels?

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  • DavidUKesb

    October 28, 2017

    Hi Andy. For smaller parts eg derailleurs would you still sand down even if not scratched, or simply wash and go directly to metal polish? Thank you for your help.

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  • Paul Z

    November 25, 2017

    0:42 Someone from the UK using a toothbrush……

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  • Pixie & Dixie

    November 27, 2017

    Polishing aluminium….? And damage the anodise layer…? Nop! The anodise layer on aluminium parts are to protect the metal from rust , and aluminium get rust as well.

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  • Joni English

    December 5, 2017

    i have a white industries made in USA Forges crank
    polished !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    not the /clone Sugino

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  • Alan H

    March 22, 2018

    Have you polished an aluminium frame?

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  • Paul Steen

    April 4, 2018

    As most Cranks are an aluminum alloy, presumably they have a anodised coating, would sanding and polishing not remove this protective coating, and mean your mirror finish would turn dull very quickly?

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  • Adam Pagenkopf

    May 3, 2018

    Love your videos especially what you can do with a frame! What do you do about rusty parts? We've got 4 seasons and lots of road salt where I live so most of the vintage bikes I take in have a fair bit of rust on them.

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  • Bex Mac

    May 16, 2018

    I love your video! Do you have any tips on how to grind off logo markings made the manufacturer? Thanks!

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  • Adrian Garcia

    June 26, 2018

    will it nt fade afterwards?

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  • Victor Cuevas

    July 11, 2018

    Step 4 is there any hand held tools that can be used instead of a bench buffer?

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  • Felipe Luchi

    July 16, 2018

    Hi, nice video.
    I'm going to polish my stem and handlebars, but my handlebar has a trademark right on the front.
    Can I apply sandpaper/bench grinder/drill on it (step 4)? of without damage it.
    By the way, I've been following your channel and it's very helpful. Definitely I'll use all these tips on my own project.
    thank you very much!

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  • Mateusz Lasecki

    August 2, 2018

    i typed in discord loud polish metal and this started to play i feel offended

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  • Gustaf Boström

    August 6, 2018

    Hi and thanks for a really good channel ! Very inspiring 🙂
    I have a question: I have a steel frame which I would like some parts to be chrome (fork for example). But it's painted at the moment – is it possible to get rid of the paint and polish it up to mirror finish? 🙂
    Thanks !

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  • capeman10

    August 12, 2018

    Great job!

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  • Lord Zeth Zeta Omega

    September 12, 2018

    Yeah got a cheap bike but bout to make it high class well at least look high class shine polish like glass

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  • Walter Sobchak

    September 19, 2018

    Sir what grit was that paper??

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  • Dylan

    October 11, 2018

    DO NOT USE GLOVES ON A TRADITIONAL BENCH GRINDER YOU ARE AT RISK OF YOUR HAND GETTING SUCKED INTO THE MACHINE ID RATHER A GRAZE FROM THE SPINNING WHEEL THAN THAT

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  • bishplis

    November 29, 2018

    anyone asking grits; i use 2000 grit wet paper

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  • Peter Polakovič

    January 16, 2019

    Regards from Czech! Very nice job on polishing crank set, tried to polish my shimano arrow vintage bit wasnt so succesful. What was the last think you put on the polishing wheel, white one I mean, at 3:30? Thanks and keep posting such a nice videos!

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  • dodoslovensko

    January 17, 2019

    I would love for the components to come out from factory polished again [like D-ace 7700] or Record in 90ties .

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  • Ulaidh Abú

    February 10, 2019

    Hi mate just want to say that your channel is excellent. This video in particular, in addition to all the comments and your regular replies to them have helped me no end in my new found hobby of restoring vintage bikes. Massive respect and appreciation. Cheers :).

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  • iiredeye iiredeye

    March 18, 2019

    Tight fitting elasticated gloves only on the buffer. Also the machine should be mounted on a stand not a bench. If it grabs the part it will just rip it out of your hand and put it on the floor quicker than you can blink. If there's a bench underneath then that crank will bounce off that bench and into your head before you realise what has happened…and it's going to ruin your day 🙁

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  • Kody King

    March 20, 2019

    Question, why do I see some people polish using 200-1000 grit sandpaper and then polish it with compound after? I see videos like this with only one size grit paper and then go straight to polishing without the slight climb in grit sizes.

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  • Mike Sharp

    May 7, 2019

    Fuck me that was a seriously in-depth vid man, inspired!!!!!

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  • tom rice

    May 26, 2019

    NEVER wear gloves with a bench grinder.

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  • SDLivin

    June 4, 2019

    How much grit

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  • Jen Ma

    June 8, 2019

    Thank you!

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  • Zvonimir Babic

    June 14, 2019

    Thank you!

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  • Mix Hobby

    July 26, 2019

    great job

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  • Agus Oilher

    August 10, 2019

    Hello. Great video, but I have a question. What exactly are the hard, green and softer compunds, so I can buy them? Also, I've been trying to get the polish finish, but in my bench grinder I only have the softer compound & wheel, so I couldnt really make it work out. Appreciate the video!

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