The best way to make part of your vehicle look dilapidated is to restore another part. Like, paint. Now, everything else looks ragged by comparison.
Our aluminum jalousie frames stick out like corroded sore thumbs. So, I pulled them out and started with the handiwork. This is not a small job, but I’ve figured out a fairly efficient way to clean them up.
First, put a steel wire brush on a drill and go to town. It won’t hurt the glass and will take off all the oxidation. The finish will look like… brushed aluminum. Later, you can polish to a shiny smooth luster with steel wool. The photo below shows what 30 minutes with a drill will get you. Still, this is just scratching (polishing?) the surface. To do it right, you need to completely disassemble the frame. Since I’ve got all new rubber seals, this is on the agenda anyway.