Bring the life back to all metals
Works excellent on chrome, stainless steel, billet, brass, copper and more
Use by hand or machine
Cleans as it polishes
Removes rust, discoloration, light scratches and other metal defects
Greenway’s Metal Boost is the perfect way to "bring back the life" to all metals. Metal Boost immediately restores all metals to an amazing shine. Metal Boost cleans and polishes all metals in one easy step. You will be amazed how quickly Metal Boost removes rust, discoloration and restores metals to a near new appearance. Metal Boost works quickly by hand or can be applied using a variety of buffing machines.
Metal Boost quickly restores tarnished metal surfaces such as chrome, stainless steel, aluminum, billet, brass and copper and many other metals. Quickly remove stains, oxidation, tar, water spots and rust.
Many metals show signs of deterioration from exposure to sunlight, rain, snow and other environmental conditions. When these metals are left untreated for an extended period of time, they will eventually need to be replaced. By using Greenway’s Metal Boost, you can quickly extend the appearance and life of many metal surfaces. Metal Boost works great on bumpers, emblems, trim pieces, exhaust tips, diamond plate, center caps, and even household items.
How to Use
Metal Boost can easily be applied by hand or a machine. For large areas we suggest using small buffing pads that can be attached to a buffer or a standard drill.
Machine Use: It is easier to spread the product on the surface first using an applicator. If you decide to use a cloth, some of the product will be permanently absorbed into the cloth which allows for product waste. A foam filled applicator will allow for Metal Boost to be more evenly distributed onto the surface.
Once you pick your tool of choice, whether it is a standard drill with a foam polishing ball or a machine buffer with smaller in diameter buffing pads, slowly work the machine up to speed as the polish starts to disappear. Stains, rust and discoloration should slowly start to disappear as you work the product into the surface. Many times a second application is needed if the surface you are trying to rejuvenate was seriously neglected.
The speed that you will run the machine will vary by the type of machine your using. This is where trial and error will come into play as each surface will present unique challenges when combined with your machine of choice. If you are using a buffer, we suggest to always start with the least aggressive pad first and to check your work frequently. This will avoid using a buffing pad that is too strong for the surface and possibly adding additional marring as your attempting to correct the defects.
Each type of metal will react differently to Metal Boost as each different type of metal has unique characteristics.
Chrome: Chrome is typically chrome plated and refereed to simply as chrome. The plating helps provide a decorative look on a vehicle, but these types of chrome plating are exceptionally thin and needs protection before they are ruined beyond repair. If the chrome is not peeling off of the surface, you should be able to bring the chrome back to a brilliant shine.
If you are using a machine please use caution if any of the edges of the surface are starting to lift. The machine can quickly peel back areas of chrome plating on bumpers and other surfaces where negligence of maintenance caused the chrome plating to start to peel. These areas should be done by hand to avoid the possibility of making the surface appear worse.
We always suggest running the machine at a lower speed and to continually check your work. You can check your work by using a soft microfiber cloth to remove the remaining Metal Boost and observe the surface. If you applied too much Metal Boost, using a product such as Wipe Away can help aid in the removal of the excess product. Simply mist Wipe Away onto the Metal Boost and wipe off with a clean microfiber cloth. Using a terry towel can actually cause the plating to appear dull and “swirled” due to the aggressiveness of the fiber. While a terry towel could be great for hand polishing, we do not recommend it for the removal of the product when using a machine.
Many users like to use #0000 or #000 steel wool when polishing chrome plating that is severely neglected. We suggest that you are experienced with using a buffer in order to remove the marks that are created from the steel wool. While the major defects will quickly be removed from the steel wool, many minor defects will be present that appear more severe than they really. These minor defects can be quickly removed when using a foam buffing pad attached to your machine of choice. Removing steel wool marks by hand can be accomplished, but is a very tedious task.
Many of the newer vehicles do not use much chrome plating. The current look that many manufactures use is color matched panels, bumpers, trim pieces and wheels. These areas can be protected virtually the same way as the main portion of the vehicle body. Caution has to be used when polishing plastic bumpers and trim as you can quickly burn through the plastic since the smaller buffing pads will be producing concentrated heat in that area.
Aluminum: Aluminum can be found on many trailers, tractors, engine components, horse trailers, air streams, tankers, motorcycles, boats, diamond plate boxes and more. Many people have a hard time determine if the surface is actually steel or aluminum. Using a magnet can tell you what the material is made out of so you can proceed in the right direction. (If the magnet does not stick to the surface, the material is most likely aluminum).
Uncoated or bare aluminum: This surface will quickly show a black residue on your cloth or foam buffing pad once Metal Boost is applied.
Coated Aluminum: No black residue will be present on your cloth or buffing pad. Also, the surface will typically have a smoother overall feel and slickness before the application of any products.
Anodized Aluminum Wheels: Same as clear coated wheels and no color or very little color will be present on the surface of the towel or buffing pad.
Polishing aluminum can be very time consuming and tricky. It all depends on what type of polishing that you are trying to do. To actually polish a tractor trailer tank, wheels or other aluminum surfaces that need extensive polishing, learning how to use a rouge polishing bar is ideal to achieve the best possible result. This type of aluminum polishing is typically done with a grinder at very high speeds and not a buffer at slower speeds like many auto detailing product suppliers recommended. These grinders will operate at a speed up to 6000 RPM and be combined with an Airway style buff wheel. We believe this type of polishing is a specialized type of skill, but typically is not utilized by a professional detailer. Many aluminum technicians typically polish aluminum only and have all the proper tools, protective wear and knowledge of how to obtain mirror reflective results.
Most of you reading this article are interested in polishing wheels and other components that are not used daily for commercial purposes. Below are some easy steps to obtain excellent results when polishing these aluminum components found on many vehicles.
- Always make sure the surface you are working on is completely clean and cool to the touch. Remove any heavy brake dust, debris and other grime during your wash stage.
- Apply Metal Boost to the surface and gently work back and forth with a microfiber towel. If you need more “cut” a terry towel can be used which will aid a more aggressive polishing method due to the cotton fibers.
- Remove remaining residue with a soft microfiber cloth. Using a detail spray such as Wipe Away can help you remove any excess Metal Boost. Most users typically apply too much product and then have a thicker layer of residue left on the surface. More is not always better.
- If polishing sand other larger areas, using a smaller buffing pad can greatly reduce hand fatigue and speed up the process. You can also use a buffing ball that can be attached to any standard drill. A machine typically will be more powerful and will provide a better result in a shorter amount of time.
- You can even remove excess Metal Boost by rewashing the larger surfaces with one of our pH balanced shampoos. This will help aid in removal of Metal Boost in hard to reach areas much quicker than a small brush can. Washing the Metal Boost off with a soft wheel brush or microfiber mitt will not ruin your results.
- Most new vehicles do not contain much aluminum besides the wheels. Even if they do have some aluminum pieces located on them, the aluminum is painted and will not need the above extensive methods to maintain the surface condition. These areas can be protected virtually the same way as the main portion of the vehicle body since the aluminum is painted and then clear coated.
Stainless Steel: Stainless steel is an excellent metal that is very corrosion resistant, low maintenance and does not stain easily. Metal Boost is excellent to use on Stainless Steel as well and you will not need another metal polishing product to achieve a noticeable difference in shine and appearance. Many of the same techniques that are used to polish aluminum can be used when polishing stainless steel. Again, we have to take into consideration the amount of stainless one is trying to polish and whether or not these components face heavy commercial use and are exposed to extreme environmental factors. Most users in the auto detailing industry typically are looking to touch up and polish small areas like exhausts tips. Many other areas on newer cars are not stainless steel, but are carbon fiber, aluminum and plastic. Using #000 or #0000 steel wool on exhaust tips combined with Metal Boost, really helps restore the tips to a like new appearance.
Many surfaces on newer vehicles are painted metal and then clear coated. The same methods that are used on the painted surface body can be also applied to these areas. We always suggest to be careful when using smaller buffing pads at higher speeds. Clear coat failure can be induced due to excessive heat and abrasiveness caused by machine buffing with a metal polish.
Always start with your least aggressive polishing pad and work your way up to a more aggressive pad. This will eliminate any chance of adding defects onto the surface from using a pad and chemical combination that is too strong
Washing Metal Boost off using a pH balanced solution and small soft detail brushes can save time. Trying to wipe out cracks and crevices from small areas can be time consuming and even impossible depending on the location of product sling or excess residue.
We advise against trying to polish aluminum surfaces that are rather large and/or used for commercial use. This type of aluminum polishing is for the dedicated professional that is familiar with using Airway\ wheels, rogue bars and operating a grinder at speeds up to 6,000 RPM. Accent pieces and wheel polishing can be typically completed by your professional detailer.
Steel wool is a great accessory to use while polishing many metal surfaces. Just be aware that applying to much pressure while using #000 (fine) or #0000 (super fine) can cause additional marring that has to be removed by using a machine.
If you are working on older classic vehicles, be sure to charge accordingly for metal polishing. Metal polishing can be very time consuming and customer pleasing results might not be achieved due to long term customer neglect making the metal not repairable by your professional detailer.
The type of towel will change your outcome. A terry towel provides tremendous cutting capabilities, while a soft microfiber towel will provide excellent application and removal of polish on maintained metal surfaces.