Yes all power tools are dangerous, if used improperly. I suggest this based on experiance with aluminum struts on a Honda Vmax. My friend wanted a mirror finish, but the struts where brushed finish. I spent 10 minuits on the buffing wheel with some medium compound on each strut. My friend was exstatic, shinyer than chrome!

But for goodness sake, Be Careful! Hold the part under the wheel so if it grabs it will throw it away from you.  And practice is a great idea! smile
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