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Restoring chrome window trim
#1
Hello and happy new year everyone. I was wondering if anyone new any good tricks to freshen up the chrome window trim?, our car is really starting to come together now and was looking for ideas on this.

Thanks in advance.

351w - Ford racing GT40X 178 cc aluminum heads - Ford racing(crane) 1.7 roller rockers - Comp Cams 280H magnum cam .544" / .544" lift - ARP fasteners - hedman longtubes - magnaflow exhaust with X pipe -  MSD digital 6al box - MSD coil - optima red top battery - tuff stuff 140 amp alternator - ported weiand stealth intake  - edelbrock 1406 600 carb  - march pullies and brackets - Be cool fan controller - derale electric fan - FMX trans - motive 4.11 gears - traction lok - competition engineering subframe connectors - lakewood traction bars.                                            










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#2
Mine is all the way on the other side of town at the shop, so I hafta ask:

First, is it really chrome, or just polished aluminum (or some other non-ferrous metal)? If it's actually chrome, you'll probably have to restore the surfaces (fix scratches, etc.) and have it re-plated.

If it's just some other metal that's been polished, you should be able to simply re-polish it. Might take a multi-step process of sanding down the scratched/rough spots (depending on how bad the surfaces are) , then moving up to polishing compounds.

Once you get it all shiny again, spray on some clear coat to seal it up and keep the oxidation and elements from making it dull again.

Eric

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#3
Actually I probably should have described it better, it is more of a polished aluminum looking material. I thought about using steel wool and some aluminum polish but wasn't to sure about using steel wool?

Thanks in advance

351w - Ford racing GT40X 178 cc aluminum heads - Ford racing(crane) 1.7 roller rockers - Comp Cams 280H magnum cam .544" / .544" lift - ARP fasteners - hedman longtubes - magnaflow exhaust with X pipe -  MSD digital 6al box - MSD coil - optima red top battery - tuff stuff 140 amp alternator - ported weiand stealth intake  - edelbrock 1406 600 carb  - march pullies and brackets - Be cool fan controller - derale electric fan - FMX trans - motive 4.11 gears - traction lok - competition engineering subframe connectors - lakewood traction bars.                                            










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#4
The window trim is brite-dipped aluminum, I believe it's basically a thin anodizing. It can be polished out, several members on here have done it but I'm not one of them (yet). Someone will be along with pointers.

Steve



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Mikes73;104397 Wrote:Actually I probably should have described it better, it is more of a polished aluminum looking material. I thought about using steel wool and some aluminum polish but wasn't to sure about using steel wool?

Thanks in advance
If it's not scratched up too badly, the steel wool might be all you need to remove the factory 'clear coat.' Then polish it and reapply some quality clear coat after it's shiny again.

Once the clear coat is gone, even some Mother's Mag & Wheel polish will shine it up nicely. MAAS Metal Polish works well, too (I use that on my brass instruments where the lacquer has worn through). I also helped my pal Jim take his dull Ansen Sprint-style Jeep (Levi Edition) mags to almost chrome-like shiny with lots of Mother's and elbow grease (a Mother's Power Ball took a lot of the work out of it as well).

Hope that helps - I'm sure others might have some better and possibly quicker ways to do this.

Eric

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#6
Mike, Follow this link. Post #12. Chuck http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-any-s...andodizing
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#7
See, I told you. Can't argue with Chuck's advice here.

Eric

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#8
This site is the best, thanks guys.

351w - Ford racing GT40X 178 cc aluminum heads - Ford racing(crane) 1.7 roller rockers - Comp Cams 280H magnum cam .544" / .544" lift - ARP fasteners - hedman longtubes - magnaflow exhaust with X pipe -  MSD digital 6al box - MSD coil - optima red top battery - tuff stuff 140 amp alternator - ported weiand stealth intake  - edelbrock 1406 600 carb  - march pullies and brackets - Be cool fan controller - derale electric fan - FMX trans - motive 4.11 gears - traction lok - competition engineering subframe connectors - lakewood traction bars.                                            










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Mister 4x4;104404 Wrote:
Mikes73;104397 Wrote:Actually I probably should have described it better, it is more of a polished aluminum looking material. I thought about using steel wool and some aluminum polish but wasn't to sure about using steel wool?

Thanks in advance
If it's not scratched up too badly, the steel wool might be all you need to remove the factory 'clear coat.' Then polish it and reapply some quality clear coat after it's shiny again.

Once the clear coat is gone, even some Mother's Mag & Wheel polish will shine it up nicely. MAAS Metal Polish works well, too (I use that on my brass instruments where the lacquer has worn through). I also helped my pal Jim take his dull Ansen Sprint-style Jeep (Levi Edition) mags to almost chrome-like shiny with lots of Mother's and elbow grease (a Mother's Power Ball took a lot of the work out of it as well).

Hope that helps - I'm sure others might have some better and possibly quicker ways to do this.

Eric,

I am sure you have answered this in another post, but what is it you do for a living? The brass instruments comment made me wonder.
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#10
Chuck is the man.

Steve



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