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Old 01-13-2013, 07:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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HVAC knobs - polished to satin

I just swapped the stock HVAC knobs in my Mazda 3 for an aftermarket set. As you can see the aluminum is shinier than the stock satin knobs on the head unit. Is there any sort of abrasive I can use to cut down the sheen without making it look like crap?

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A sand blaster. If they aren't clear anodized.

To test for anodization, stick a multimeter on the part.
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A sand blaster. If they aren't clear anodized.

To test for anodization, stick a multimeter on the part.


When you "stick the multimeter on the part" you will need to measure resistance... the resistance should be off the chart.

And for some good reading on the subject:
http://www4.uic.com/wcms/images2.nsf/c06db59d70a043cc85256809004d8cbe/aaeda47220a23bb085256ed700672974/$FILE/AnodizedAluminumAlloys.pdf
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When you "stick the multimeter on the part" you will need to measure resistance... the resistance should be off the chart.

And for some good reading on the subject:
http://www4.uic.com/wcms/images2.nsf/c06db59d70a043cc85256809004d8cbe/aaeda47220a23bb085256ed700672974/$FILE/AnodizedAluminumAlloys.pdf


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