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ALUMINUM ON KIRBY VACUUM

I HAVE A KIRBY G5 VACUUM WHICH IS THE BEST I'VE OWNED. ONLY PROBLEM IS THE ALUMINUM IS SO DULL AND I DONT KNOW HOW TO MAKE IT SHINE AGAIN. IS THERE ANYTHING I COULD USE TO BRING BACK THAT SHINE.
THANKS, JERRY

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    I enjoy finding old kirbys that have been tossed out. I enjoy bringing them back to life, because they are such cool looking machines. Will the Autosol metal polish work on the nasty ones that have been left out in the shed for years? You know the ones that are gray they are so dirty. I have a buffer wheel for my drill. That works ok but not like how the Kirby guys get them to shine. I would like to get close without all the supper tuff buffing. I have used the buffing clay but it is a lot of work and it kind of takes the fun out of refinishing the units.

    Thanks for posting.

    Happy New Year !

    Robert...............

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You can take it to the nearest Kirby dealer to get it buffed out for about $25. Most of us use buffing pads on a bench grinder. The polishing compound can be found at Lowes or Home depot in the tools area next to the buffing pads. Three compounds are usually used. First a cutter, then a cleaner, then a finish polishing compound. You can get by pretty good with just the last two. Make sure you clean the pads between the different compounds. You can do this by gently placing a flathead screwdriver in to the buffing pad to clean it. Wear safety glass and an old shirt.

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Jerry,

I rebuild vacuums and I use a product called Autosol Metal Polish (in a tube) to polish my Kirbys. It is available from many sellers on eBay. THE ABSOLUTE ONLY THING I WILL USE!!! (and I have tried MANY!)

Here's a free guide to laundering the cloth bag if you're so inclined,,,,

http://reviews.ebay.com/DEODORIZING-CLEANING-THE-KIRBY-VACUUM-OUTER-CLOTH-BAG_W0QQugidZ10000000003719865

Hope you try the Autosol, and if you do...just use a teeny (and I mean SMALL) bit on the end of your finger and rub it in a light rapid back and forth stroke for about 30 seconds. Then, take a soft rag or paper towel and polish it back off. You'll be amazed!!!

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Posted on Mar 15, 2008

BRASSO is a very good alternative. Or, the local Kirby Repairman uses a simple drill bit and you can buy that at HomeDepot or Lowes including the polishing bit that you put on.
Or, a cheaper way is to use Steel Wool which you can also buy at those places but it won't provide as near as the shine that the Drill Bit will, those Drill Bit's have made Kirbys practically mirror's.

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You can try Mothers' metal polish or something similar. There are many types of metal polishing compounds available in auto and motorcycle stores. I've used these with varying success when rebuilding used vacs.

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