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Wet sand. Then you can get all the castings cleaned then Mothers alum. polish
+1, this is the key. Just removing the clear coat doesn't do nearly enough. Yes, paint remover, but then you start with wet and dry sandpaper (about 250 grit). This is the hardest part because you have to remove every imperfection and scratch using the more coarse paper. (Many people get lazy and quit sanding too early and leave scratches behind.) You have to get everything sanded to the 250 grit before moving to finer grit or you are wasting your time. Any scratches that are deeper than the 250 grit will never go away using finer paper. If you leave any imperfections behind now, they will be there in 20 years too.

Once the scratches and pits are completely removed and the surface looks perfect at 250 grit, then move to 300 grit and sand everything again (it will go easier this time because all you are doing is removing the scratches from 250 grit). Then move to 400 grit, then 500. At that point you can get to polishing. The polishing will go fast too since all the hard work was done by the sandpaper.

Plan on this job taking a lot of time, it is definitely not a 6 pack job. You will go through a few cases and it will take a few days if you want it looking great.
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oh dear, not a six pack job.
Looks like I'd better find my drinking hat. (it's never far away)
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Wet sand. Then you can get all the castings cleaned then Mothers alum. polish
Exactly what I was about to say.
Wet sanding with 400-660 grit will take off small layers and work out any imperfections.
Mothers just has a way of making aluminum look great....
Until you have to do it again anyways.

Oh, and what Wedge said...
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Or, just paint the fork sliders with hammer finish black, that's what I did. The hell with all that polishing, especially since I live on the beach. Just rough it up every few years and repaint, or not.

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