: polished strut bar

07-11-10, 04:38 PM
suprised i havent seen anyone do this yet- while out in the garage i started sanding down the strut bar...... not quite done yet but here are some pics




and on a side note.......

get rid of the spring isolator and put a solid one in there

5,000 miles or spring damage



07-11-10, 05:28 PM
Nice, I never thought of that. Can you give me an idea of the process. I would like to know the grit sequence you used. I will probably use my compressor with a sander
to make the job easier. Looks great!!!

07-11-10, 09:29 PM
da sander.. start at 120 grit and then go to 220 grit , next 400 (either da sander or by hand) then 600-800 grit if you want ........ alll your doing is trying to get the serface smooth and remove the scratchs out of the part

i like to use alumium polish paste and a mothers power ball to get it nice and shinny.

in my pics- 400 grit was the highest grit i used as i didnt have anything else around at the time- lol

07-11-10, 10:12 PM
I got some of that metal polish from a car show - you know, the stuff they demonstrate by polishing the bottom of an aluminum can to a mirror shine? Anyways, I tried it on a part of my strut bar, saw the top lines get shiny but realized the whole damn thing needed to be sanded. I got lazy and said screw it.

07-11-10, 10:17 PM
Thanks LP.

Again, Looks good. I've been using a metal polish on it just to keep it clean.

Never looked good since day one. With the M car I had, I swapped out the OEM strut brace for a carbon fibre one. I love the fact this is an inexpensive alternative. :bouncy:

Great IDEA!

07-11-10, 10:24 PM
another thing i like to do......
-after you clean it up and get it looking good-- take a spray can of clear wheel coating (found at local auto parts store) and clear coat the alum. this will protect the part from oxidizing and looking like crap within a couple of weeks.

i do this to turbos that i want to keep looking nice and dont want to worry about having to maintain them.


07-12-10, 01:14 AM
That looks great, and thanks for the description of what grit you used. Can you take some higher-resolution pics when you're done? Awesome job.


07-12-10, 08:00 AM
will take more pics.......... but with light shining on it- its just to reflective and pics look crappy

07-15-10, 09:54 PM
bought a cheap bench grinder with a couple of polishing wheels
and after some more 600 and 800 grit sand paper... im left with this......




07-15-10, 10:00 PM
Your almost there. I can still see a little distortion in your reflection.

JK, looks great!!!

Thanks again for the very useful post.

07-15-10, 10:05 PM
yeah the distortion is the alum ..... its actually not that flat but bent

............. im toying with the ides to do the top of the supercharger hat/cover...... think it would look pretty sweet

07-15-10, 10:10 PM
Your almost there. I can still see a little distortion in your reflection.

Maybe that's just the way he looks all the time!! LOL

Looks awesome. Great work!


07-15-10, 11:59 PM
Dude, you need a girlfriend! LOL
Naw, just kidding, it looks pretty cool, I wouldn't even think of that!!

07-16-10, 01:16 PM
Dude, you need a girlfriend! LOL
Naw, just kidding, it looks pretty cool, I wouldn't even think of that!!

whos car do you think im working on? (my wifes)


07-24-10, 09:25 PM
That looks good. But I like the stock look...