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  • Stainless molding restoration?

    I have started thinking I may keep the Regal side moldings on my Commander after all. The large flat lower panels have quite a few dings and dimples, no sharp creases or deep dents but they're still kind of wavy. Also they have some brown stains that almost look like rust stains, I thought these were stainless? The narrower pieces that run along the top edge of those are pretty decent, only a couple dings, and I know a guy that can bring those back like new but those lower pieces concern me. Antbody had any success making those straight again?

    In addition the moldings along the top of the rear quarters are really banged up. I think those can be saved but if not how hard are those to come by for a '53-'55 C/K in at least restorable condition?


    Analog man in a digital world.

  • #2
    I'm doing the same thing on my 55 commander regal K-code. I don't expect to be in a position to have the stainless back on for a few months, but I will have extra pieces. There was a very good thread on here about stainless self-restoration, but I may just find a pro to buff and polish. Another thing I might attempt is to use a mild caustic just to lift the tar, grime and any rust. There are commercial stainless sink cleaners with a mild acid that won't eat the metal. I'll try some on an old hubcap and see how it works. Good luck with it.
    Dave Warren (Perry Mason by day, Perry Como by night)


    • #3
      If you use the search feature and put "stainless" in the search field, Technical Talk as the forum and "Lark Parker" as the member you will find an outstanding series of posts on the topic. Very detailed and comprehensive.


      Pat Dilling
      Olivehurst, CA
      Custom '53 Starlight aka Stu Cool

      Pat Dilling
      Olivehurst, CA
      Custom '53 Starlight aka STU COOL

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      • #4
        Even easier; follow the links Bob Shaw posted here:


        Clark in San Diego
        '63 F2/Lark Standard

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