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ITO ALPHA OWNERS,how do you keep it shining?

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Alphas Itös have never shined even brand new and out of the box, the surface is polished aluminum and there will always be a slight coating of aluminum oxide covering the reel reason why it doesn 't shine like a mirror unless you polish it to mirror finish.

Polishing it with car polish is not a good idea, you will only cause scratches and swirls on the surface if not done with the proper tools  to bring it to mirror finish.

Now if I could only remember who posted the pics of a mirror polished Itö.......  :-/

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Here you go dude. Brand new one is on the right, used one on the left. I use aluminum polish with a high speed Dremel tool with a polishing head.

I have to warn you ahead of time, take the reel completely apart down to every last screw. You don't want this stuff getting into your bearings. Plan to take about 4-6 hours out of your schedule for this job.

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I suppose if you want to keep it shiny you could have it sprayed in a clear coat after the buffing.  

I like the tarnished look of mine though, I think it adds charachter. ;)

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It's not that hard to do. Make sure you have your reel schematics and use the proper tools to disassemble the reel. BTW, purple Alphas's aren't bad either, I have a couple of those too.  Well technically, the wife claims one of them. :-/

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