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johnmustang
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posted 12-13-2002 07:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for johnmustang   Click Here to Email johnmustang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I want to polish the stainless trim that goes around the front windshield and back window of my 65 fastback. I have all the pieces off of the car , but , am unsure of the best way to polish them. I checked around and there is nobody that I can find on the Island that will do them. I don,t mind doing them , but , really have no idea of the proper way to go about it , without damaging them. So once again I turn to all of you here at M&M to help me out. Thanks in advance for your responses.

JOHN

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Ken
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posted 12-13-2002 08:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken   Click Here to Email Ken     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John, I've seen a lot of people use the finest steel wool you could get...and the results looked real good. I used an antique container of "Chrome Cleaner" that I had in the basement on my and it worked great !!!

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Fastback68
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posted 12-13-2002 08:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chrome polish and a little elbow grease have always done the job for me. In fact, I've always found stainless steel to be the easiest of all materials to polish. Is there some way in which your stainless is damaged?

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johnmustang
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posted 12-13-2002 08:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for johnmustang   Click Here to Email johnmustang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Fastback68:
Chrome polish and a little elbow grease have always done the job for me. In fact, I've always found stainless steel to be the easiest of all materials to polish. Is there some way in which your stainless is damaged?

Not really damaged , just showing some wear since 1965 , but , who ever painted the car the last time hit the stainless trim with the sander and I have a few scratches on it. I just want to get it nice and clean looking , and , get those scratches out of the trim if I can.

JOHN

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 12-13-2002 08:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are lots of good metal polishes, such as Semichrome, Wenall, Auto-sol. Elbow grease is safest, try to avoid using polishers if you can.

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Fastymz
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posted 12-13-2002 08:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John I dont know of any way to get the scratches out.
I was helping my pops inlaw with his trim.He uses a soft buffing wheel and a polishing rouge made for stain steel.
They came out real nice.

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MidLifCrisis
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posted 12-13-2002 09:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MidLifCrisis   Click Here to Email MidLifCrisis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
johnmustang, if you have scratches you will have to sand them to remove them. Get 600 or 800 grit Wet/Dry sandpaper from an automotive finish supply shop. Have a container full of water to dip the paper in or have a hose slowly trickle water over the area you are sanding. Watch out and stay clear of contoured edges in the metal. Keep to the flats. Sand perpendicular or 90 degrees to the scratches. If they aren't too deep and you can remove them all, or most -than a soft buffing wheel on a drill or benchgrinder will mirror finish the trim like chrome. Use white compound (rouge) on the buffing wheel and don't press too hard. Let the wheel and compound do the work. #1 Tip: Don't be in a hurry and rush it. This is where patience really pays off.
Good luck, Charlie

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