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Old 01-20-2005, 05:06 AM
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Trim molding modification question.

How feasible would it be to lengthen a piece of molding 2 inches ? I don't know yet if it is aluminum or stainless but I want to make a minor mod to my current project and the only really drawback is that a piece of molding about 1/2" wide needs to be extended 2" on each end to make it look right. It's a straight piece with no taper or curve to it so that helps. I'm assuming I need to find another piece of molding to get my extensions from and butt weld it to the current piece and then have it plated or anodized. Just wondered if anyone here had any experience with this and were you happy with the results? Thanks.

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Hi Hippie, Yup...find a donor piece and get someone to tig weld the pieces together. With either aluminum or stainless the weld can be sanded smooth and the area polished back. No plating required.
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Old 01-20-2005, 07:34 AM
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Thanks Dave, now all I have to do is scrounge up the pieces I need.
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I know you are after perfection, as you probably should be. But I have seen, MANY times moulding modified like you are after where they weren't welded at all. They were cut and fit perfect and left in two pieces. Only a tiny seam can be seen if you look close.

I did this on my truck windshield center chrome when I chopped it. It only had a tiny seam and wasn't very noticable. When I did have it welded a few years later, the JERK not only warped it, the dirty rotten JERK didn't use a quality stainless rod and the darn weld rusted!!!

I know it can be done, I would make sure it would be done right today where I didn't back when I was a kid and and the JERK ruined mine. But leaving the perfectly mated seam may be a way for you to pull it off.

By the way, a LOT of mouldings you find on a car are pot metal and realistically can't be welded. What car, and what moulding are you talking about?
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Old 01-20-2005, 10:28 AM
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The molding is definitely not pot metal. The guy I have in mind does top quality work, if it can't be done the right way he won't do it. Even though it's a seemingly small job I know it's not going to be cheap but you get what you pay for. The end result will be nearly invisible to most people but Chevy guys are going to know something's different. It is a little more involved than just the molding, that's just the finishing touch. I have done some "photochops" and shown them to the car people I know and everybody has liked it but I'm not sharing it on the internet until the car is done.
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