Aluminum (bright-dipped): The parts are stripped to bare metal removing any paint, debris and anodizing. Dents and dings are removed. It is sanded and buffed prior to the final stage of bright dip anodizing. Original trim restored and anodized back to factory finish.
Polished Only Aluminum: Sometimes a customer does not want their trim anodized. The result is a brilliant shine, with minimal pitting. However, unprotected aluminum when exposed to the elements will oxidize over time. It will be necessary to keep the unprotected aluminum hand polished to maintain the shine. When you polish a piece of trim, which has not been anodized, a black residue will continue to come off the aluminum. Polished pieces go through all the same restoration steps as anodized aluminum, except the final bright dip process.
Defects in the Metal: Scratches and defects in the metal will be buffed as effectively as possible. However, some stubborn or severe areas may reappear after anodizing – this is unavoidable. Furthermore, aluminum like pot metal, once stripped may have pits that were not visible before. Sometimes these pits can be removed, but they may also become larger. Unlike pot metal which can be filled with copper prior to plating, aluminum cannot be filled. Therefore, we cannot guarantee a pit-free finish on old aluminum.
Stainless: Each piece is cleaned, straightened, and dents and dings removed. Then it is sanded and buffed to a mirror finish. We do not weld holes shut, nor restore pieces which have been welded.