Polishing bullbars

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 at 18:08
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Just trying to polish a bit of lustre back into a bullbar which came with the factory black semi-gloss finish that has faded to look patchy and dull. I don't expect a work of art finish but I've had no success with regular car polish, cut & polish compound and wax finish. They all leave an even more patchy and streaky finish. Would anyone have suggestions as to whats best to use on faded bullbars.
Thanks, Peter
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Reply By: Rockape - Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 at 18:22

Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 at 18:22
Peter,
Purple is your friend.

Here is a link for you. Purple

RA.
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 at 18:33

Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 at 18:33
Sorry Pete,
I miss read your post and for some reason thought it was a polished alloy bar.

If it is steel and the paint or powder coat is sun damaged the only way to bring it back will be to rub it lightly with 1200 wet and dry. Use the paper wet. Seeing you have used a cutting compound this is the only way it will come back. Once you have given a light cut with the paper then try to polish it. Might take a bit of elbow grease to do it.

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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 at 22:07

Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 at 22:07
Maybe try getting it all even with a rub down all over with a green scourer.
You don't want it shiny really, as it will reflect light, sun etc, satin is better and green scourer pad should even it out.
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 at 22:08

Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 at 22:08
Do this wet, with a little water on the scourer, and keep it moist from time to time with a dip in a bucket.
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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 at 22:29

Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 at 22:29
Gday
I rub my bull bar with "Mr Sheen"

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Reply By: Member - CBS2061 (VIC) - Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 at 23:02

Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 at 23:02
Peter, have just used a product called 'MOTHERS' Naturally Black. I've used it on the exterior trim including external rubber window seals and bumper rubbers and plastic trim. I'm happy with the results.


Cheers,

Carsten
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Follow Up By: poitr - Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 06:41

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 06:41
Thanks everyone for the tips. You've given me plenty to work with.
Peter
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Reply By: Member - Corrugate75 - Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 06:43

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 06:43
I recently rubbed my bullbar with Kangaroo fur - and it made one small area shiny, but I wouldn't recommend it as an all purpose cleaner!
Corrugate
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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 07:45

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 07:45
Good morning
How fast were you going at the time Corru ?

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Reply By: poitr - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 18:00

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 18:00
Well, I've tried the lot, (except the kangaroo fur) including even Maquiares Deep Crystal Paint Cleaner, and it was a real surprise but Mr.Sheen really did do the best job of everything in reviving the faded bullbar. Its not perfect or as new, but I reckon its 80% of the way there.

So thanks everyone, especially Muzbry as I wouldn't have thought about old Mr. Sheen without the prompt.
Peter
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