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kurtruk
11-15-2009, 08:24 PM
I have a NOS grille I've been saving all these years. I'm finally about ready to put it on my car. Then I thought: Hey, if I'm starting out with something nice, I should make it [u]really</u> nice. I should get it polished up so it really sparkles. It has some shelf wear scratches on it and about 60+ years of normal tarnish/corrosion. Took it to the local guy that has been polishing and straightening stainless forever. He looked it over, tapped out a minute ding and said: "No."

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The only way to polish the whole thing would be to disassemble it. That's the only way to get back between the different pieces. Well, we know the grille is spot-welded together. Maybe a high-dollar restoration of some rare car, but that's not me or this car. Polishing just the accesible areas on the front would leave the rest a different color/tone/shine.:(

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What to do, what to do, what to do[?][?][?]
It's only this nice once--I'd like to start it out really nice. A nice sparkly grille will really set off the car.

(Sorry about the picture sizes. Just switched to Photobucket from Flickr, still learning how to use it.) [:I]

KURTRUK
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rockinhawk
11-15-2009, 08:29 PM
Maybe you could get back into the recess' with a DREMEL. NT


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mbstude
11-15-2009, 08:30 PM
Without taking it apart, it looks as though it'd have to be polished out by hand with a towel and compound.

No way to get a sander or buffer in those tight spaces. ;)

EDIT: Yea, a Dremel might work. But it's gonna take a lot of little buffing wheels. [xx(]



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Hazlehurst, GA

Guido
11-15-2009, 08:44 PM
Find a neighborhood kid and give him a can of Brasso and a box of rags and pay him $20 when he is done.

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rockne10
11-15-2009, 08:49 PM
Picture size was fine for me.

55champion
11-15-2009, 09:01 PM
Go to Auto Zone or somewhere like that a buy a can of "Eagle One Original Never Dull" It works for me. You will do very little and get a Great result. The way you use it is explained on the can.

Cravin
11-16-2009, 01:17 AM
why not try a mothers ball? they have several sizes and shapes now.

jimmijim8
11-16-2009, 05:26 AM
quote:Originally posted by 55champion

Go to Auto Zone or somewhere like that a buy a can of "Eagle One Original Never Dull" It works for me. You will do very little and get a Great result. The way you use it is explained on the can.
I second Guidos recomendation. Brasso would work as well. Actually the grille doesn't look shabby at all and needs next to no improvement. jimmijim

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barnlark
11-16-2009, 07:35 AM
Originally posted by Cravin

why not try a mothers ball? they have several sizes and shapes now.

You beat me to it. Mine gets in some tight spots and it would work great on those tight areas to get it close to new again. It's either that or OOOO steel wool and a lot of elbow grease. Tedious, but that already nice part is worth the extra effort. [^]

jclary
11-16-2009, 08:31 AM
Really now...you gonna stick that piece of junk on your car?[:0] You should be ashamed! [V] I think you should just carefully pack it up and send it to me so I can dispose of it properly for you. I will happily relieve you of the burden. :):):)

(not that I could ever be accused of some sort of "self serving" manipulation)

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kurtruk
11-18-2009, 06:19 PM
I'm taking all your replies into consideration ('cept jclary[:o)]). Would really like to get Lark Parker's input on this. Must me messing with his <s>rat</s> mouse-rod!

KURTRUK
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raoul5788
11-18-2009, 07:19 PM
You think that grill is tough to polish? ;) Have you ever seen the grills on the '57 Packards?

Chip
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dean pearson
11-18-2009, 07:20 PM
Maybe you could catch a really big catfish and gat him to slobber on it?

Dean.