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Old 03-30-2004, 10:23 PM
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Restoring Trim

I have a 41 Chevy Pickup and keep reading it had a painted grill, and not chromed. I've also noticed the trim pieces are listed as stainless. Anyone know how to restore a painted grill to it's original shine and how to derust the trim pieces and make them pretty again?

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They came both ways. Lightly sandblast the rusty ones and use paint remover on the stainless ones. Then polish the stainless with metal buffing compound and a laminated cloth wheel.
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Apparently the front grill is chrome, but most of it has peeled off so nothing but surface rust is left? Should I still lightly sandblast it, then just cover it with wax to keep it from rusting? Also, just for clarification, do I lightly sand blast the SS, rub it with paint remover, then use a buffer? At home depot they have 4" polishing wheels to attach to your drill, an emery "paste" to get out surface imperfections, then a SS polish to give it a mild shine. IS it just better to do the paint remover then buffer? It'll save me about $15
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