Introduction: Polished Metal With Flour???

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Welcome to another Instructable

This is more of a help guide, as for a while now ive been building my VR6 (mk3 golf 2.8) and have been looking to clean up the engine bay and polish up some parts,

Anyone who has done metal polishing previously will know the suffering that this job requires but the results are second to none.

I was told this simple "life hack" as some of these bits are now called my my grandfather and for once the old goat was right ( I joke the old man really knows his stuff but I cant let him know that im secretly impressed hahaha )

You can use this on pretty much all polished metal (not painted) inc your stainless steel sink, taps, cutlery or ANYTHING you have that’s stainless steel. And it only takes one ingredient.

Yes. It’s flour. Imagine that.

Step 1: So Simple......

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Now lets get started,

Im using this on my polished inlet manifold and rocker engine cover ( obviously taken off the car ) extra care should be taken when doing this around certain parts (if doing the engine bay like me)

This is so stupidly simple and effective, you’ll wonder why you ever
bothered with a stainless steel polishing agent ever before this day.

All you do is:

Clean your item (stainless steel whatever) as you normally do, making sure to get off all as much greese, mud, chunks of crud or other dirt. Then let it dry completely.

Next, just sprinkle flour all over the inside (2 tea spoons). was more than enough for both parts i am cleaning up.

Rub it down with a cloth of some sort. It really doesn’t matter what kind of cloth.but i find microfibre worked very well an helping to spread and evenly apply the flour

Now just rub lightly.

Step 2: Dusting...

Then dust the flour off completely, this is where i found the microfibre cloth handy as it picked up most of the flour, but a second if always handy to buff and remove the remaining flour. Now your stainless steel/metal should be free of all those weird stain-looking marks it sometimes takes on and have a new shine.

Step 3: Results

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And here are the results......

as you can see the metal came up very nicly pretty much back to how it was when it was first done

Enjoys and happy cleaning


WoodCrafts 67 (author)2016-02-04

Great Instructable Jedi

I have never seen this done with flour before, Wow Great Results, Great job well done I will have to try this now lol ...

Thanks a bunch, :)

3-KlickS (author)2016-01-28

"WOOOOW!" is the word that came out of mouth after trying this simple use of flour on my stainless steel sink! I would have never known, many thanks.

Jedi_zombie85 (author)3-KlickS2016-01-29

I too was suprised, great to get some more feedback, thanks for the comment :D

alala5 (author)2015-12-26

if someone walks in as you're polishing, let's say, your spoon, there might be some explaining to do bhahahaahXD

Jedi_zombie85 (author)alala52015-12-30

Explaining?!?!? Id be dead if my other half found me with car parts in the kitchen again ahahah

curbowman (author)2015-12-16

Can this technique be used on chromed parts? I work with small parts and I'd like to know if it could rip off the thin chromed coating.

Jedi_zombie85 (author)curbowman2015-12-17

honestly, not sure with chrome plating It seems to be a question of debate due to the process. I dont see any reason why is shouldnt work, but as a pre caution would suggest testing on a small area first, if that fails I hear toothpaster works too lol

cronosamv (author)2015-12-07

Flour!!?? Realy??!! Completely unexpected... I use baby powder or Talc powder, both work really well. Use them to get a fine polish on my Blades.

Jedi_zombie85 (author)cronosamv2015-12-09

Ive heared about baby power and talc being used but never tried it, will have to compare the 2 at some point, cheers for the comment

dewanm (author)2015-11-30

nyce hack now lets see if it works for me

Jedi_zombie85 (author)dewanm2015-12-01

deffo let me know buddy, it worked wonders on the inlet manifold that I have dispite that being polished aluminium, was really good to get back that shine and removed a good 70% of the greese and grim which made it soooooo much easier to polish up again

manuellozano1 (author)2015-11-29

good to know, maybe this is what the companies sell us in a fancy package.

Bazmcc (author)2015-11-25

Great work. I'll need to experiment with this. It's worth mentioning that the valve cover and intake manifold from your VR6 is cast aluminium though.

Jedi_zombie85 (author)Bazmcc2015-11-26

Thanks, true it is but the polishing technique works for aluminium as well as other metals

The old man suggested the original technique for stainless steel but after looking into his suggestion ive found its widly used on steel, aluminium, brass, copper and more

Bazmcc (author)Jedi_zombie852015-11-26

I wonder does it matter what type of flour is used? Might be a silly question. I'll try it out and see how it works.

It makes sense I suppose because the flour would pick up the grease and finger prints etc fro the surface as well. A bit like Vienna Lime which is used o remove polishing residue and finger prints. It's not actually lime though. It's calcium carbonate.

NoraD4 (author)2015-11-15

I have to wonder about the environmental costs, down the road- Ajax, Comet, etc. are all soo bad for our poor planet, but growing wheat is also very expensive, and does cause damages. I welcome all thoughts and opinions on this, please!

Jedi_zombie85 (author)NoraD42015-11-16

personally i think of it the other way to this, I think that using household items like food and produce is not enviromentally damaging,I know im going to come under fire for saying this but in this day and age there isnt much that is not classes as either bad for us or the planet........I would argue the cost and pollution and chemicals into making electric plastic hybrid cars is worse for the enviroment than a standard petrol or diesal car, or if not worse just as bad even with the added benifits of low emmisions, but thats my opinion

but in light of this most high grade chemicals and metal polishes will cost your around £3-£15 if not more in the uk, when locally sourced flour is £0.89 from more markets for a 1.5kg bag

NoraD4 (author)Jedi_zombie852015-11-16

I appreciate your views, thanks!

Jedi_zombie85 (author)NoraD42015-11-17

Thanks :D

neliske (author)2015-11-04

Yous chalk

Jedi_zombie85 (author)neliske2015-11-11

chalk id have thought would have been too abrasive, but im sure i will be corrected if wrong

billandritsch (author)2015-11-02

lots of good info here,I used to use toothpaste for polishing paint jobs on model cars many moons ago while a teenager.


Mihsin (author)billandritsch2015-11-08

I still use toothpaste to polish tarnished silver

Jedi_zombie85 (author)Mihsin2015-11-11

ive heard of this but not tried it will have to give it ago

Just Like You (author)2015-11-08

damm thats so simple and yeah it is crazy to ever buy/use metal shining products that just stink and are so toxic too.

Great instructable

( hmmph who woulda thought that old people knew such things eh !?! HaHa just kidding)

thanks lol yea they do have their uses

ItzRulez (author)2015-11-09

you should post more photos of your car building!

Jedi_zombie85 (author)ItzRulez2015-11-11

lol soon they will come, im a bit of a perfectionest with my car so only when im finished will the final result be unvailed lol

whythelolface (author)2015-11-08

The rocker cover and inlet are made from stainless? Surely not? It kinda looks like polished aluminium to me :-|

no but the pocess of cleaning the metal is the same, this works on a wide viarity of metals

dirizary (author)2015-11-02

Fantastic instructable. I'm going to try it on some other metals.

Jedi_zombie85 (author)dirizary2015-11-04

great let us know how you get on and results

Jedi_zombie85 (author)dirizary2015-11-03

thanks, so im told it works very nicley on brass too, but ive not tried this

Deltic (author)2015-11-03

Hunters & collectors! - Use flour to clean dead animals. Stuffed animals of the furry or feathered variety can be cleaned by sprinkling on flour, rubbing in then vacuuming to remove. You have to wonder how much different stuff did people try cleaning their animals with before discovering that flour did the trick ???

Jedi_zombie85 (author)Deltic2015-11-04

Will have to take your word on that dude, personally hunting and animal displays arnt for me and i dont agree with but thats my opinion.

Think you have a point tho, it is curious how some of these "home remodys" came about

clewis21 (author)2015-11-02

I'll try it!

LeslieGeee (author)2015-11-01

I was wondering after reading EricC2s post if the flour could be made into a paste to help cut the dust and mess part. Great tip thank you Jedi :)

RichardS50 (author)LeslieGeee2015-11-02

I'm guessing the flour would just turn into a dough not a paste. Probably better to use talcum powder (as mentioned by EricC2) if you want to make a paste.

LeslieGeee (author)RichardS502015-11-02

Thanks Richard :)

Jedi_zombie85 (author)2015-11-02

Just thought I would post a HUGE thankyou to all for viewing and commenting on my Instructable. Some of the comments and recomendations are great, so Thankyou

M3G (author)2015-10-30

Wow, I never would've thought to try this! Thanks so much for this awesome tip!

Jedi_zombie85 (author)M3G2015-11-02

Your very welcome

gabgra11 (author)2015-10-30

wow... I didn't even know that flour could do that! How did you find that out?

Jedi_zombie85 (author)gabgra112015-11-02

Was a tip from my grandfather as a cheap and effective way for cleaning polished metal, thanks for the comments

dragonbrn (author)2015-11-01

Flour also works as first aid for burns. Just plunge the affected body part in a bag of flour, or make a compress of flour and hold it on with an ace bandage. I did try the flour polish on my much loved and well used teapot. Worked great! Thanks.

Jedi_zombie85 (author)dragonbrn2015-11-02

Glad i could help ;)

BetsyFartBlossom (author)2015-11-01

I don't believe this will work. Hold on, I'm going to attack my stainless steel sink...(maudlin music playing) o.k., I'm back. Guess what, I don't have a stainless steel sink :-( I thought I was at my mom's house. Anyway, I cleaned a tea kettle and it came out great! Thanks for the tip. And, flour works great on a cut. Just slap a bunch on the bleeding cut and hold it there for a bit and it will coagulate and stop the bleeding:) Not as nice as YOUR tip, but it works none the less:)

Glad you had great results, thanks for sharing your results

kai.h (author)2015-11-01

nice technique, and great to see someone working with the MkIII 12V VR6, it's a great engine!

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