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Most scratches in the waterfall console and door handles are not scratches in the aluminum, they're scratches in the surface finish.Brushed finish? Nice! Looking forward to seeing the finished product.
After gently sanding off the finish, I brushed new lines into the raw aluminum. I started with 200 grit sand paper to get rid of the sanding marks, eventually working my way up to 2000 grit sand paper for a smooth and brushed finish. (there are still a few dings in the trim)
I used Mother's Mag and Aluminum polish, 3 applications, for the new finish. The appearance has held up great for the last few days; the polish prevents fingerprints and dirt build up.
It's brighter than the original aluminum trim. While it is even more prone to scratches now, I can easily sand them out, re-brush it, and polish it.
I also finished work on a brushed aluminum insert for the shift knob, a perfect match to the waterfall.
Next up are the door handles!
Update: Door handles are finished! It's been a few months with the waterfall re-finished, it has held up great. Just requires a little dusting a polishing on occasion.