Based on the kindly responses to my enquiry about polishing out a paint repair spot on a frame, I have compiled the suggestions. I have tried to list the items in decreasing degrees of abrasiveness. I have taken the liberty of greatly condensing the comments that accompanied the recommendations. When in doubt, TEST FIRST, especially on painted surfaces. Thanks to everyone who contributed their experience with these products.
SIMICHROME, BLUE MAGIC, FLITZ, MET-ALL and even old BRASSO ... for metals such as aluminum, brass, stainless steel, chrome and other metal alloys. The metal polishes are designed to chemically react with the metals in addition to containing an abrasive element. Important to distinguish between corrosive chemical content versus fine physical abrasiveness. Heaven only knows what their chemicals can or will do to paint. In the short term, probably nothing. But, the film that's left behind, over time, with some humidity . . . who knows ? Available at auto supply stores or hardware stores.
"Rubbing compound" is something you buy to put a smooth final finish ontoa painted surface . Automotive rubbing compounds are sold specifically for use on automotive paint. Automotive CLEARCOAT, the white color variety being less abrasive, was suggested.
These are generally used in
conjunction with a buffing wheel, but can be hand rubbed as well. Varying
degrees of abrasiveness, from edge deburring to a brilliant mirror like
polish. When applying by hand rubbing, slightly moistening the rag may be
more efficient. Different
ONE STEP is a polishing compound that breaks
down into finer abrasives as you use it. It may save steps in rubbing out.
LIQUID EBONY was highly recommended by a few people as a excellent rubbing
agent for painted surfaces. If it has a abrasive content, it is very
slight. It was suggested to use it to rub out or fill in scratches from
more aggressive compounds.
comes in a spray can and is designed for plastics and any painted
surfaces. It is excellent for balancing out irregularities. Available at