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PostSubject: Polishing Wood Trim   Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:10 pm

So I've been wanting to polish the molding around the wood trim for awhile. A guy on longroof does it but he is busy with other orders til WagFest so I wanted to try my hand at it. I got a wire wheel from walmart and stated blasting away. It took it down to bare metal without many scratches, I then touched it up with 220 grit paper and even without polish it doesn't look half bad to me at least. If it comes out good I'll make a how to if anyone is interested.
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PostSubject: Re: Polishing Wood Trim   Sat Jun 19, 2010 5:38 pm

Wow, that's metal? I always thought it was made of plastic. I'd like to see pics when you're done!
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PostSubject: Re: Polishing Wood Trim   Sat Jun 19, 2010 9:01 pm

Matt Trakker wrote:
Wow, that's metal? I always thought it was made of plastic. I'd like to see pics when you're done!

Yup, under all that laminate is bare aluminum (?). Here are a couple so far:

Before:


17 years of crap:


After stripping, no polish yet (used too much wirewheel, might replace this piece)


15 mins of soaking in Aircraft Stripper:


After, no polish, piece by the mirror was polished thou for comparison:
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PostSubject: Re: Polishing Wood Trim   Sat Jun 19, 2010 10:38 pm

Hmmm... And I was gonna say "Pledge." Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Polishing Wood Trim   Sat Jun 19, 2010 10:40 pm

toomanytoyz wrote:
Hmmm... And I was gonna say "Pledge." Wink

LOL. My friends say that all the time, as a joke they got me a "carwarming" gift of car cleaners including a can of Pledge Laughing . One of them thought it was actual wood.... Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Polishing Wood Trim   Mon Jun 28, 2010 4:54 pm

Finally got around to stripping the rest of the trim. A buddy and I got it all snapped back on last night. Heres the left front quarter. Still need to finish buffing it out:

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PostSubject: Re: Polishing Wood Trim   Tue Jul 06, 2010 11:06 pm

Cadet;

It looks good. I'm doing the exact to my 1994RMW White woodie. Used Klean Cut & Rustoleum brand spray strippers. a real PITA. What did you soak your mldgs in? A metal vat of some sort?
Also I broke 2 of the gray plastic clips that hold my right front aluminum mouldng spear on. The ones that snap into the wh plastic grommets. Looks like you broke some? Did you use 3m double sided tape? Thanks in advance!
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PostSubject: Re: Polishing Wood Trim   Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:01 am

Thanks.

I used the spray on Rustoleum Aircraft stripper. Two cans was enough for the whole car, each piece takes 2-4 coats of spray. I then buffed them quickly with my dremel. I then polished them with Mothers Mag and Aluminum polish. I'll post some pictures when the whole car is done getting polished. The pictures here are just when the trim was stripped. I only broke like 2 clips so I left the missing spaces towards the middle of the pieces and used 3M trim and moulding adhesive but it did not stick well so I am going to try something else.
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PostSubject: Re: Polishing Wood Trim   Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:10 am

Finally got all the trim back on and polished up. It still needs some more work to get the shine to really pop. But its a lot better than it was.



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PostSubject: Re: Polishing Wood Trim   Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:52 am

time for a set of new (matching) lug nuts
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PostSubject: Re: Polishing Wood Trim   Mon Jul 26, 2010 11:26 am

96Brougham wrote:
time for a set of new (matching) lug nuts

Yup, said that the moment I put them on. Found a good deal, set of 24 for $16.99 on ebay.
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