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Old 11-09-2003, 10:33 AM
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Brushed aluminum

I have a 67 Stang with the brushed Aluminum inserts on the dash pieces. I can find new panels that have the camera finish, but not the aluminum. The panels that I have are corroded and look rough. Does anyone know of a way to restore these panels so they look right? I would hate to try something and screw them up.

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I'm not sure what the "camera finish" is (??).
I had a '67 Mustang GT390 as a kid and remember the good looking aluminum dash inserts. You might try some fine grade steel wool or a fine grade Scotch pad to bring some life back to the original aluminum. I'd mask off the surrounding surface area so you don't scuff that as well.
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Old 11-09-2003, 04:50 PM
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The camera finish is the rough grainy black that most Mustangs had. The brushed aluminum was an option.

I have tried steel wool before, but don't want to disturb the brush marks if possible.

I was hopeing that someone had done this before and knew of an easy way that wouldn't mess these things up. Like maybe some kind of aluminum cleaner or something like that.
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OK, well now I know what the camera finish is...I had a KODAK moment.
Have you tried any Mustang specific websites? Maybe, someone would have experiance with restoring the aluminum finish. Possibly, a Mustang restorer found via an internet search or from someone's recommendation could reveal a trade secret.
You might try a weak solution of aluminum wheel cleaner on a microfiber towel. Check the labels on several aluminum wheel cleaning products and find one that can be used for uncoated aluminum wheels. Be careful in the application since it will be caustic.
Of all the cars I've owned over the years, my green '67 Mustang GT390/335hp with a 4 speed was right at the top of my favorites list.
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Old 11-09-2003, 07:49 PM
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I don't think this would work if they're clearcoated, but have you tried Nev-r-dull? This stuff works great for very mild corrosion on bare aluminum surfaces, but does require some elbow grease.
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Old 11-10-2003, 06:26 AM
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Can you take the pieces off ? . Try a plating shop , the plating shop I use has a scratch brush on one of their buffing machines for doing a satin finish , it's important to keep the piece and the abrasive at the same angle and pressure all the time to ensure a uniform finish . Can be clear coated afterwards to match the originals if need be.
You can also buy Scotchbrite wheels to mount on your bench grinder if you have one , practice on some scrap aluminum to get a feel of the pressure required .
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