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Polishing window trim...How??

Post by Hobug on Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:36 pm

I am trying to polish the trim that fits in the window rubber for the Squareback. I started with easy-off and Scotch Brite pads to take off any remaining factory coating. Then I wet sanded with, 600, 800, 1000, 1500, and finally 2000 grit sandpaper. I dried it and then used metal polish. It looks better than it did when I started, but it is not as shiny as I had hoped. Any ideas? Can I get it to actually shine?

I will clear coat it once I get it as shiny as I think it will get.
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Re: Polishing window trim...How??

Post by type901 on Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:29 pm

It is usually best to use a high speed grinder/buffer with different types of polishing compound. Like you start with the coarse compound stick then finish with the fine compound with the fine polishing wheel. It is tough to get a good shine with elbow grease only.
http://www.eastwood.com/aluminum-polishing-kit-13-pc-set.html?srccode=ga220010&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=zzproduct_ads&adtype=pla&kw=&matchtype=&network=g&creativeid=15752128767&placement=&producttargetid=40408681047&gclid=COjQzqa5jLYCFQnznAodOHwATA


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Post by yayarudy on Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:46 pm

Good post. Was wondering the same. How to do it with a hi speed tool without damaging the rubber.
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Re: Polishing window trim...How??

Post by Hobug on Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:53 pm

I have the trim out of the rubber and I'm afraid my buffer will grab it and turn it into a pretzel. It twists and bends easily.
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Re: Polishing window trim...How??

Post by type901 on Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:55 pm

Oh it will. On my deluxe trim, I screwed it down to some MDF and polished it on it.

Do you have a bench mounted grinder? Those work best for fragile parts.

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Post by Hobug on Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:51 pm

type901 wrote:Do you have a bench mounted grinder? Those work best for fragile parts.

I don't have one, but it sounds like a good excuse to buy one. Very Happy
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Re: Polishing window trim...How??

Post by Muffler Bearing on Fri Mar 22, 2013 8:07 pm

We always used a product called Wenol. It will make anything shine.
Pretty easy to find via the web.
http://www.wenol.com/
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