Our metal polishing compounds are used with our Airway Buffing Wheels to increase the effectiveness of the wheel while being used during the cutting, buffing, and polishing process. Some are of a coarser consistency and are usually used to remove scratches while the others are finer, which lends to them being used to shine and finish your work. They should be applied to airway buffing wheels by coating the edges of the airway buffs like below:
How do I prep for polishing?
Prepping is almost entirely all about sanding. We recommend starting with 180 grit for most wheels and stepping forward to 220 grit, and finishing with 400 grit sanding disks. Most polishing, for aluminum, can be polished well after prepping with 400 grit—finer grits are not usually necessary before polishing with tripoli compound.
Two points to keep in mind that as an alternative to sanding discs one of most popular products is the buff and blend prep discs. Most users will not need green buff and blend discs as those are often used more for concrete wheels. The blue buff and blend disc can help remove dirt, grime, and rust from a wheel to provide a clean surface to begin polishing with compound. We do recommend hitting an aluminum wheel with our maroon satin airway prior to going to polish with tripoli compound as the blue buff and blend disc may leave some hash marks that won't come out without a finer sanding of 400 grit or the maroon airway.
What are the steps for polishing aluminum?
Tripoli compounds such as our T-88 Tripoli should be used for initial cutting and buffing, with the aim of removing more apparent scratches and blemishes during metal restoration on aluminum. It is the first step on on polishing aluminum and is paired with our orange airway buffing wheels. It is not used on stainless for polishing.
Our G-16 Green rouge is often used as the second step in polishing aluminum. It is paired with our yellow airway buffing wheel. This should produce a fantastic clean shine.
We offer two final finishing compounds—blue rouge and the purple polishing compound. Both represent a show finish and we recommend that you pair either one of these final show finishing compounds with a white flannel buffing wheel. Keep in mind many of our polishers are quite happy with the two-step process outlined above and leave show polishes only to their most cherished pieces.
What do the colors mean for metal polishing compound?
The color of the polishing compound is almost always a byproduct of the natural abrasive ingredients. Tripoli powder, pictured below for example, is an abrasive product that along with the other formula's ingredients allows the buffing wheel to polish a metal surface. These abrasives are often pigments as well causing the bar color to take on the appearance of the abrasive.
In situations where similar in color appearances have substantially different abrasive qualities, many manufactures (ourselves included) can add separate pigment or dye to help differentiate the products.
By far the best cutting compound for stainless on the market thus far.
Only the best for the best.
I would love to get some of that T-32 compound from you.
Not used yet
If you like a bright shine this is the compound you want! Well worth the extra money
Renegade > Zephyr
These products are amazing these wheels were produced back in the 90’s and it showed they were very rough but I sanded that all out then did renegades recommended 2-step aluminum polish but decided to go a step farther cause these wheels deserve it and competition purple with flannel wheel did just that went above and beyond my expectations. I would DEFINITELY recommend, all 3 (Insertable flange, flannel wheel, & competition purple) are a must have
Definitely has a brighter shine
Green Renegade bars work well gives good shine color it's what we use at shop SEMO SHINE ALUMINUM POLISHING
This green bar with your yellow pad works wonders. I love it!!
Really nice product and easy to use just on 3
Tony Metal got me onto this trick and it’s the best thing ever
Always great people to help an deal with. Product are top notch and they never stop trying to make them better!
The clarity that the competition purple brought out was unreal on these original peterbilt 359 tanks. Highly recommend this product!
Mark (Beau) L.
Worked very well will continue to use
Best stuff on the market!!
And great customer service!!!
This is absolutely a great product.
It truly brings a good finishing shine
Don’t get any better than renegade
Cuts really well way better than zephyr or any others I have used it’s my new go to
I purchased this product “brown Tripoli “bar along with a yellow 8” inch buffing wheel and loved the way the finished product looked from using the brown bar. It really got rid of the cloudiness of the aluminum left it with a shine. Definitely recommended renegade products.
First cut using only renegade brown rouge
Hollywood mobile detailing
Brown & green
This compound is a must have. Especially the green WOW. can’t say anything about this bar. Hands down great.. again tried jacksonlea . And keystone n zephery s green bar closes one zephery. Stilll my go to bar. Use with pink or yellow wheel. And all I can do and say. Is step back and wow.