I've had some success using a small amount of cleanser (such as Comet) on a damp paper towel. While it works well all around, it's especially good on white metal mouldings. Oh, and Ellen... why were you polishing a wood finish?
Didn't I tell you not to ask?! welll, it involved an abortive attempt to blend in a patch where a screw penetrated the face of a frame. And of course, we just ended up replacing the thing, which is what we should have done in the first place...
Plastic polish is a great tool for polishing welded aluminum frames that have dull, oxidized
faces. They are not anodized and polish takes off
the oxidized metal very well. How well it works
on anodized frames, only Ellen knows for sure.