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Title: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: Cuda Cody on January 01, 2012 - 12:35:23 am
Sharing knowledge is a great way to help our hobby grow.  Hopefully this video gives you the confidence and knowledge to restore your trim and take your project to the next level.  Please remember I too do this for a hobby, so positive comments are very much appreciated.

Here's the video on polishing / buffing stainless steel trim.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTxR8LB9iek

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc1iY08HU7w

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWy9awGv6so

Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: GranCuda1970 on January 01, 2012 - 01:30:22 am
Awsome videos man!! The mystery is solved for me thanks!!  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: Topcat on January 01, 2012 - 02:02:43 am
On my list to do.

Thanks CODY.
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: GranCuda1970 on January 01, 2012 - 02:10:56 am
These Gran coupes got a lotta trim too!! Doing the thinner pieces like the grill chrome and trim rings for the headlights is probably simpler than the bigger parts.
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: GranCuda1970 on January 01, 2012 - 02:23:51 am
Darn if i would have known a little sooner I coulda got you a Toyota Landcruiser for free, although it had a corvette 327 motor a 3 speed transmission. It had cuda bucket seats silver with plumb crazy piping. My Dad needed to get it out of my Uncle Jims garage and he just gave it to my uncle Brian who says he is gonna fix it up.
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: cj on January 01, 2012 - 09:34:07 am
On my to do list.

Great videos...thanks Cody!
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: wally426ci on January 01, 2012 - 09:45:24 am
 :clapping:
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: 67vertman on January 01, 2012 - 02:44:23 pm
Great tips Cody!

I too like to polish my own trim and you showed my a couple of new tricks.
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: MEK-Dangerfield on January 01, 2012 - 03:37:30 pm
Wowsa!!    :wow:


Great videos! Be honest now, how many times did you need a retake?

 Those were so professional. Great job Cody.    :cooldancing:
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: chaps70rt on January 01, 2012 - 03:43:52 pm
Hey Cody ..... what a great set of videos.   I recently did my own stainless also.   There were a few steps that I may have bypassed, but in the end it is worth it.   I ended up hand polishing many of the pieces ..... what a ton of work.   I will employ the buffing wheel thanks to your detailed instruction.   Let us know know when you move on to another topic.  You're a natural ....

Cheers ....  :cheers: ...... CHAPS
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: BIGSHCLUNK on January 01, 2012 - 04:08:47 pm
Cody, great set of vids! Lord knows I need to clean up some trim. Thanks.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: Topcat on January 01, 2012 - 04:15:31 pm
Anyone restoring their own car wants to or needs to get their trim restored.

I elect this thread be a sticky.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: Skunkworks Challenger on January 01, 2012 - 04:17:22 pm
Cody, thanks for sharing your methods with us.  You did an excellent job with the explanations and visuals.  About the only thing I can add is to suggest increasing the width of the buffing wheels by stacking them.  I know they are expensive but the extra width of one or two additional wheels makes it a lot easier to keep the piece where you want it.  I also wet the compound sticks so I can get more of it on when loading the wheels.  PK
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: 72rtchallenger on January 01, 2012 - 04:34:17 pm
 :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: BIGSHCLUNK on January 01, 2012 - 04:42:01 pm
Hey OS how about a sticky so we have those links handy?   :dunno:
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: Cuda Cody on January 01, 2012 - 04:45:30 pm
You're funny Mike!  lol   We did it in one take... as a mater of fact the little camera would only hold about 8 - 9 minutes so we had to stop the camera to clear the memory to part 2 and then again for part 3.  lol

Thanks for the additional tip Skunkworks.  I've posted some more tips in the comments of the videos so everyone can benefit from them too.



Wowsa!!    :wow:


Great videos! Be honest now, how many times did you need a retake?

 Those were so professional. Great job Cody.    :cooldancing:
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: brads70 on January 01, 2012 - 05:14:52 pm
Good job Cody! :clapping:  you must have looked at my car  for insperation on the need for such a video!  :grinyes:  Mine sure needs some work in this department!  :lol:  Funny part is I've had most of the equipment to do it for 10 plus years but never have tried. :-[
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: BIGSHCLUNK on January 01, 2012 - 05:16:29 pm
Brad, then practice on yours and when you get good do mine!  :bigsmile:    :roflsmiley:
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: dodj on January 01, 2012 - 05:38:09 pm
 :2thumbs: Thanks Cody. Appreciate the time and effort to help us all out.  :2thumbs:

There's going to be a Challenger in Canada looking better because of that video. Thank you very much!
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: MEK-Dangerfield on January 01, 2012 - 05:45:18 pm
Hey OS how about a sticky so we have those links handy?   :dunno:


That's what the Archives board is for...or so I think.
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: brads70 on January 01, 2012 - 05:56:59 pm
Brad, then practice on yours and when you get good do mine!  :bigsmile:    :roflsmiley:

 :lol: Yours wouldn't have as much to polish being a vert? no?
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: Chryco Psycho on January 01, 2012 - 06:04:03 pm
3M makes a really cool buffing wheel , it is a firm scotchbrite type of wheel , they are a bit expensive but well worth using if you are doing a lot of trim . the wheels feel somewhat hard & you would think it would damage the stainless but it actually buffs out scratches very well .
 One thing to mention is to make SURE the piece you are working with is stainless , if it is alum you can damage it very quickly & it need to be n=handled differently .
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: chaps70rt on January 02, 2012 - 07:59:24 am
Thanks CP ..... good to know.   What is the 3M buffing wheel called or specs??  Is it still white, or another color?

Regarding stainless vs. aluminum ..... would the Challenger headlight bezels be a good example of this?

CHAPS
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: 72ls5fla on January 02, 2012 - 09:37:10 am
not 100% sure, but I think the light bezels, front hood trim, rear light/trunk trim, rocker trim and wheel-well trim are all anodized aluminum.
The S/E trim and all window related trim are stainless.

Bill
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: spamtank on January 02, 2012 - 10:32:48 am
Cody, 

Thanks for the great tutorial.  I found this very helpful.  Do you have any hints on re-applying the black accent in the groove around the SE rear window trim?  Mine has some areas which are missing, and I'd like to polish it back up like this and then put that black feature back in properly.

Rick

Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: GranCuda1970 on January 02, 2012 - 11:28:26 am
Thanks I prolly would have mucked em up. I think there is a business that re-annodizes around here somewhere they can do multiple colors too!!!.. not that I would.
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: Cuda Cody on January 02, 2012 - 01:10:12 pm
Haven't done one yet, but I would think it would be best to start by trying the easiest way first.  I will take a look at some SE trim when I get back in the shop, but could you polish the trim and then use tape to cover the area that you don't want painted.  That way you can spray the black groove and remove the tape for a nice clean line and perfect trim?  You might want to scuff the groove before you paint it so it has some bit to the paint too.

Cody, 

Thanks for the great tutorial.  I found this very helpful.  Do you have any hints on re-applying the black accent in the groove around the SE rear window trim?  Mine has some areas which are missing, and I'd like to polish it back up like this and then put that black feature back in properly.

Rick
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: spamtank on January 03, 2012 - 05:30:35 am
Haven't done one yet, but I would think it would be best to start by trying the easiest way first.  I will take a look at some SE trim when I get back in the shop, but could you polish the trim and then use tape to cover the area that you don't want painted.  That way you can spray the black groove and remove the tape for a nice clean line and perfect trim?  You might want to scuff the groove before you paint it so it has some bit to the paint too.

Thanks Cody.  That probably what I'll try.
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: RB2929 on January 03, 2012 - 04:35:33 pm
Cody-
Thank you very much for taking the time to create the instructional videos.
I have a set of rocker arm “spears” that need refurbishing.  Your videos show that I can do it  :cheers:

Technical question:
My dog’s tongue is 320 grit. Do you think I can save time if I rub a steak on the trim and let my dog do her thing?  ;)

Thanks again for posting.  It’s a great winter project.
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: MEK-Dangerfield on January 03, 2012 - 04:48:19 pm


Technical question:
My dog’s tongue is 320 grit. Do you think I can save time if I rub a steak on the trim and let my dog do her thing?  ;)


I don't believe a dog's tongue has an RPM that is fast enough, but that is an interesting idea.    :smilielol:
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: Jamiez on January 04, 2012 - 12:18:02 pm
Is there a breakdown somewhere of which parts are stainless and which are aluminum? Like most people a lot of my trim needs going over, I just don't want to screw anything up.  Aside from the magnet test (which isn't definitive?) is there another way to tell the difference?
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: Travis72 on January 04, 2012 - 10:28:59 pm
Great videos Cody!!!!  Thanks for posting that.  I actually did the stainless trim on my car and I wish I had seen these videos before I did!  I learned a lot and now realize that I did some things wrong.  I had no idea on the cutting versus finishing direction.

Travis
72 Cuda
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: spamtank on January 05, 2012 - 05:37:06 am
Is there a breakdown somewhere of which parts are stainless and which are aluminum? Like most people a lot of my trim needs going over, I just don't want to screw anything up.  Aside from the magnet test (which isn't definitive?) is there another way to tell the difference?

I think you might be able to tell by holding it.  The aluminum trim should be light weight.  Stainless is about 3 times heavier than aluminum.  You might also take a file to an inside edge that can't be seen.  With light pressure, the file will remove aluminum easily, where as on stainless it would require more pressure.  Aluminum trim should be fairly soft to allow it to be easily formed during the manufacturing process.  The stainless would be much tougher.

Don't know if that helps.   :dunno:
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: chaps70rt on January 09, 2012 - 08:30:34 pm
Good point .... visually it is also a bit different.
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: spamtank on January 09, 2012 - 09:57:47 pm
Good point .... visually it is also a bit different.

I worked as a machinist for a while, and now I do a bit of mechanical engineering.  With experience you kinda know what you're holding.  But I've been fooled once in a while.
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: AARuFAST on January 10, 2012 - 09:30:04 pm
As I mentioned on other posts this is one of the things neglected especially with a new paint.
Your chrome makes it pop.
I refurbished my stainless on my AAR in 2006.

Got this trick from a shop,  To remove any dings like u showed Cody use a curved plastic tool to rub the inside of trim to work the dings out, soft cloth
on a hard surface under the trim.
Some minor tapping to work it out.
Used the cutting compound and wheel to smooth it out,
I didn't need to file or sand to smooth out the finish. 
If u are going to attempt buffing, filing and sanding do it on a scrap trim.
Practice makes for a good finish,

A variable speed bench buffer is nice to get a bright finish .
Most top door trim is aluminum and the rear deck wide trim is aluminum.
Some b, c body grills are aluminum.
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: Cuda Cody on January 11, 2012 - 02:44:25 am
Each and every person on this site knows at least one thing I don't and I love to learn new stuff.   :clapping:  Thanks for sharing the different ways to tell aluminum and also the curved pastic tip to get dings out.   Hearing how other people accomplish the same thing with different methods gets me excited to get out in the shop and test out the new techniques!   :2thumbs:  The dogs tongue might not be as good as the 3M wheel, but I'm game to try anything once!  :bananasmi:
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: AARuFAST on January 11, 2012 - 10:02:49 pm
I agree with u Cody.
We need to step up the Mopar image.  Everyone seems to be a Ford or Chev enthusiasts,
As I mentioned there was another post on how to improve the value of their ride.
Buffin the trim is a major change to the look of ur rides and the color.
After buffin, I tried the expensive polish Simichrome.  It is supposed to leave a protective film.
 Stainless trim with pits in it turns pits black. I wouldn't waste money on it.
Buffin takes a lot of time and it is well worth it.
I admire the way members restored there rides. I don't have the means or knowledge to restore
a full body resto. as some members. Fortunate my cars are rust free.
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: chaps70rt on January 16, 2012 - 10:11:42 pm
Cody ... your next series of video's should be cutting and buffing clear coat.   I started wet sanding my clear coat with 2000 and now it looks dead.   I know that the next phase is 2500, then serious buffing, but am a little gun shy to keep going as might damage my 4 coats of clear.

Any suggestions out there?   Hire a pro?   Or keep buffing ......  what's the best compound? 

Thanks .... CHAPS!
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: Cuda Cody on January 17, 2012 - 12:10:25 am
Funny you bring this up, there are some really fun things going on right now that I'm going to be apart of.  These will not be ready for release for awhile, but it will be very helpful to many of us (including me!).

As for the clear coat, not being able to see it I really do not want to give you the wrong suggestion.  FYI and not for anything other than food for thought.  I shot my car with 3 coats of clear, block sanded with 600, shot with another 4 coats of clear and then did all my wet sanding.  I made my own blocks as I didn't like any that were on the market and found using guide coat on the clear to really help.  After going through all the grits and buffing it out it looks like wet glass.

Cody ... your next series of video's should be cutting and buffing clear coat.   I started wet sanding my clear coat with 2000 and now it looks dead.   I know that the next phase is 2500, then serious buffing, but am a little gun shy to keep going as might damage my 4 coats of clear.

Any suggestions out there?   Hire a pro?   Or keep buffing ......  what's the best compound? 

Thanks .... CHAPS!
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: peterro on January 18, 2012 - 01:01:41 am
Agreed. I've seen it and it looked beautiful. I really liked your idea of putting a guide coat on the clear. Pretty tricky.
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: peterro on January 18, 2012 - 01:57:19 am
Cody, I posted the videos on my blog site and had a comment/question about what to do if you can't or don't want to remove the trim from the vehicle. This was mostly due to extraneous damage that may occur. He was wondering what your thoughts might be.

http://thepistonhead.com/2012/01/stainless-trim-repair-and-polishing/
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: chaps70rt on January 18, 2012 - 10:31:48 pm
Cody ... you sound like the master of refinishing.   I am sure that your final results are incredible.  Since we are probably 3000 miles apart, there is no way to show you.   Perhaps I could take some digital shots, but it is hard to capture and I don't own a video camera.   

I saw the Adams videos on YouTube.   Pretty impressive and the guy insn't a full time bodywork guy.   That being said, I think I conceptually get the idea.   I am definitely not through much of the four coats of clear that is on the car, but just soaking and sanding has taken a lot of the shine away.   There are still some minor scratches visible from the sanding I did with the 2000.   My suspicion is that I need to find a decent block and keep at it with the 2500, then go with a good quality compound.   I noticed that Meguires have something, but hadn't seen any feedback on it from any other c-c.com members.   

Any suggestions for the type of buffing pad on an orbital buffer I should use and the different types of compound to use before going to the sealer and then Carnuba??   Or am I down the wrong path??  If you would prefer to communicate over PM, let me know.   Just looking for the right product and some experience to the right steps.  Sorry for stepping on the Stainless Buffin Topic .... tangent.

Thanks ..... CHAPS (Gary)
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: Cuda Cody on January 19, 2012 - 12:38:06 am
I'll PM you my cell......


Cody ... you sound like the master of refinishing.   I am sure that your final results are incredible.  Since we are probably 3000 miles apart, there is no way to show you.   Perhaps I could take some digital shots, but it is hard to capture and I don't own a video camera.   

I saw the Adams videos on YouTube.   Pretty impressive and the guy insn't a full time bodywork guy.   That being said, I think I conceptually get the idea.   I am definitely not through much of the four coats of clear that is on the car, but just soaking and sanding has taken a lot of the shine away.   There are still some minor scratches visible from the sanding I did with the 2000.   My suspicion is that I need to find a decent block and keep at it with the 2500, then go with a good quality compound.   I noticed that Meguires have something, but hadn't seen any feedback on it from any other c-c.com members.   

Any suggestions for the type of buffing pad on an orbital buffer I should use and the different types of compound to use before going to the sealer and then Carnuba??   Or am I down the wrong path??  If you would prefer to communicate over PM, let me know.   Just looking for the right product and some experience to the right steps.  Sorry for stepping on the Stainless Buffin Topic .... tangent.

Thanks ..... CHAPS (Gary)
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: Cuda Cody on January 19, 2012 - 12:47:53 pm
Thanks for posting that on your site.  I'll give him some ideas.

Cody, I posted the videos on my blog site and had a comment/question about what to do if you can't or don't want to remove the trim from the vehicle. This was mostly due to extraneous damage that may occur. He was wondering what your thoughts might be.

[url]http://thepistonhead.com/2012/01/stainless-trim-repair-and-polishing/[/url]
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: chaps70rt on January 23, 2012 - 04:27:28 pm
Cody .... thanks for taking the time to chat on Saturday.   I really appreciate your feedback, experience and product knowledge.   I will persue slowly and plan to finish using the Zainos to protect and bring out the best in the paint.
I spent some time after we talked and can't believe I hadn't tripped over this product prior.   Wow ....

Cheers .... CHAPS  :cheers:
 :canada:
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: AARuFAST on January 28, 2012 - 10:51:52 pm
Used on my AAR.

With a buffer use the rubbing compound until orange peel and most scratches
are gone.
Use the Finesse-it to bring out the shine.
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: chaps70rt on January 30, 2012 - 10:30:41 pm
Thanks AARuFAST.    What did you use to finish off and protect the shine??   Zainos?

CHAPS
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: 71340RT on January 31, 2012 - 12:54:02 am
Cody I thought I knew lots about buffing stainless but I learned a few more tricks here. I need to buff the stainless on my Challenger that just got painted so I'll be using what I learned here when I do it. Thanks!
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: AARuFAST on February 03, 2012 - 10:44:18 pm
Thanks AARuFAST.    What did you use to finish off and protect the shine??   Zainos?

CHAPS

BLACK MAGIC Wet Shine.  If old polish and road tar, grime. Clay Bar 1st.
Do about a 2 X 2 ft square.
If hand application don't let the Black Mag dry. Start buffing immedialely when finished
applying.

Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: chaps70rt on February 22, 2012 - 10:43:14 pm
Hey AARuFAST ..... I got the 3M product for compounding.   Found it in Canada at CarQuest.

Thanks again .... now need to acquire the three different buffing pads.

CHAPS
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: mrbill426 on April 04, 2012 - 12:32:46 am
That was excellent Cody, thanks for taking the time to do it!  :2thumbs:



Sharing knowledge is a great way to help our hobby grow.  Hopefully this video gives you the confidence and knowledge to restore your trim and take your project to the next level.  Please remember I too do this for a hobby, so positive comments are very much appreciated.
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: red74cuda on December 12, 2012 - 08:27:43 pm
So what do we need to do different, or be careful of when working with aluminum trim? I have plenty of dented aluminum on mine.
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: kent666 on May 12, 2013 - 09:53:16 pm
great tips thk s   where is a good place to buy trim I need the bottom piece of trim for the windshield on a 74 cuda   its pro street 95% complete  thx all :canada:
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: HemiOrange70 on October 02, 2013 - 05:09:06 am
I'd prefer we send you the trim  :poopoke:
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: E-Body Products on December 16, 2013 - 12:29:12 am
Awesome videos!!!  Learned so much!!  One tip, my dad having a wood shop, I made several wooden tools and used a rubbing motion on the dents to help smooth them out. Some dents were a little tougher so I made special tools to lightly ping them out with the trim always flat.


Daniel
www.ebodyproducts.com
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: 6771plymouth on March 08, 2014 - 03:55:08 pm
thnx cody  very helpful a long ways for me till get to trim  ..
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: shadango on August 24, 2014 - 08:19:26 am
I first tried polishing my trim....the stuff at the base of my vinyl roof..... and thought I really goofed it up...to the point where I had grooves in a small part of it.....obviously using the wheel wrong, I went to the interweb and I stumbled on that first video and gave it a shot.  Started with 220 paper and worked my way up.  Couldnt find the 800+ paper in stick on for my DA so did it all by hand.

My shoulder is sore now, but I think it turned out great!  My son helped me on the long piece. 

It really is like magic to see hazy, scrubby looking trim turned into chrome like beauty with just some elbow grease!  The video was AWESOME and well done, and it motivated me to try it!

Here are some pics:

Before and after

 (http://i349.photobucket.com/albums/q391/shadango_bucket/cuda%20stainless%20trim/IMG_20140823_171125_zps13be2e00.jpg) (http://s349.photobucket.com/user/shadango_bucket/media/cuda%20stainless%20trim/IMG_20140823_171125_zps13be2e00.jpg.html)

(http://i349.photobucket.com/albums/q391/shadango_bucket/cuda%20stainless%20trim/IMG_20140823_181451_zpse482c0cd.jpg) (http://s349.photobucket.com/user/shadango_bucket/media/cuda%20stainless%20trim/IMG_20140823_181451_zpse482c0cd.jpg.html)

(http://i349.photobucket.com/albums/q391/shadango_bucket/cuda%20stainless%20trim/IMG_20140823_190654_zps4a1e0e18.jpg) (http://s349.photobucket.com/user/shadango_bucket/media/cuda%20stainless%20trim/IMG_20140823_190654_zps4a1e0e18.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: Cuda Cody on August 24, 2014 - 11:19:46 am
WOW!   :wow:  That looks really good.  Like brand new... maybe even better then new.

I first tried polishing my trim....the stuff at the base of my vinyl roof..... and thought I really goofed it up...to the point where I had grooves in a small part of it.....obviously using the wheel wrong, I went to the interweb and I stumbled on that first video and gave it a shot.  Started with 220 paper and worked my way up.  Couldnt find the 800+ paper in stick on for my DA so did it all by hand.

My shoulder is sore now, but I think it turned out great!  My son helped me on the long piece. 

It really is like magic to see hazy, scrubby looking trim turned into chrome like beauty with just some elbow grease!  The video was AWESOME and well done, and it motivated me to try it!

Here are some pics:

Before and after

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Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: Beekeeper on September 23, 2014 - 11:26:18 pm
Just finished all three videos. Outstanding information. I've done some stainless work and got nice results but with some of the tips you gave me, I am convinced I can get show quality results now. I am playing with a convertible right now which has tons of stainless and every bit of it is dented up. Can hardly wait to do some of it. I like your shop by the way!
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: Cuda Cody on September 24, 2014 - 01:28:04 am
Super glad the videos helped.  Can't wait to see how your trim turns out.  Be sure to post some photos!  :cheers:

Just finished all three videos. Outstanding information. I've done some stainless work and got nice results but with some of the tips you gave me, I am convinced I can get show quality results now. I am playing with a convertible right now which has tons of stainless and every bit of it is dented up. Can hardly wait to do some of it. I like your shop by the way!
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: Beekeeper on September 28, 2014 - 10:04:01 pm
Cody, where can I find one of those table top Dolly's like you used in your video? Looks so much easier than the way I've been doing it. I've looked on eBay and auto body tool mart with no success
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: Topcat on September 28, 2014 - 11:11:55 pm
Check out TPtools.com and Eastwood.com (not the cheapest).

Lots of cool stuff there
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: brads70 on September 05, 2015 - 11:56:22 am
 :wave: Hi Cody,  I'm just tackling a S/E rear trim/tail light panel.(aluminum not stainless) I spent a few hours peening out the damage and sanded it down , then used Brasso  and it came up like chrome . My question is what do you use to remove the factory anodizing?  Oven cleaner?  I had damage on the one side where it goes around the quarter so I'd like to remove the anodizing and just polish it with the brasso. It is noticeable the bare aluminum polished and the remaining anodizing.  I know that's not perfect but it's all the means I have to fix it at the moment. 
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: Cuda Cody on September 05, 2015 - 12:44:19 pm
I would help, however at this point I haven't worked with factory anodized aluminum much.   Maybe someone else with more experience with speak up.  Good luck.   :2thumbs:

:wave: Hi Cody,  I'm just tackling a S/E rear trim/tail light panel.(aluminum not stainless) I spent a few hours peening out the damage and sanded it down , then used Brasso  and it came up like chrome . My question is what do you use to remove the factory anodizing?  Oven cleaner?  I had damage on the one side where it goes around the quarter so I'd like to remove the anodizing and just polish it with the brasso. It is noticeable the bare aluminum polished and the remaining anodizing.  I know that's not perfect but it's all the means I have to fix it at the moment.
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: brads70 on September 05, 2015 - 01:49:47 pm
I would help, however at this point I haven't worked with factory anodized aluminum much.   Maybe someone else with more experience with speak up.  Good luck.   :2thumbs:
Thanks for the reply anyhow!  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: Cudaragtop on September 05, 2015 - 06:49:27 pm
Thanks for the reply anyhow!  :2thumbs:
Brad, I used oven cleaner and fine steel wool to remove the factory anodizing from the belt moldings on the tops of my doors.
It took several rounds but when it's off you can tell. After they were are smoothed and polished I had them clear coated by my painter. Anodizing them would have been expensive. I have read and watched vids on how to home anodize but decided just to have them clear coated.
I think they look good.

Randy
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: plycuda67 on September 05, 2015 - 07:13:25 pm
great job on the video a lot of help where did you buy that bench dollie :ylsuper:
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: brads70 on September 05, 2015 - 08:55:41 pm
Brad, I used oven cleaner and fine steel wool to remove the factory anodizing from the belt moldings on the tops of my doors.
It took several rounds but when it's off you can tell. After they were are smoothed and polished I had them clear coated by my painter. Anodizing them would have been expensive. I have read and watched vids on how to home anodize but decided just to have them clear coated.
I think they look good.

Randy
Thanks!  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: Cuda Cody on September 07, 2015 - 02:03:41 am
It was a long time ago but I think it was from Eastwood.

where did you buy that bench dollie :ylsuper:
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: soundcontrol on September 07, 2015 - 06:39:51 am
Great videos! I got all the SE trim on my vert, lots of dings and scratches, gonna try to fix it myself. A question, if anyone knows, I got some holes in my trim. I can TIG weld them and make it smooth, but will they polish to the same finish or will there be a visable spot on the trim?
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: AARTA340 on October 07, 2015 - 12:38:05 am
The filler rod will probably be a different composition than the trim and will most likely be visible. Just a quick thought, maybe using some old trim that is non repairable and cut into strips and use for filler material. I would try this on and old piece of trim and polish it out and check for appearance. Good luck on this. :cheers:


Great videos! I got all the SE trim on my vert, lots of dings and scratches, gonna try to fix it myself. A question, if anyone knows, I got some holes in my trim. I can TIG weld them and make it smooth, but will they polish to the same finish or will there be a visable spot on the trim?
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: Mopar Mitch on October 07, 2015 - 03:36:43 pm
Can this be done to the front 70 grille??? Challenger...  have a cpl small dings... shows stress marks...
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: soundcontrol on October 08, 2015 - 11:44:55 am
The filler rod will probably be a different composition than the trim and will most likely be visible. Just a quick thought, maybe using some old trim that is non repairable and cut into strips and use for filler material. I would try this on and old piece of trim and polish it out and check for appearance. Good luck on this. :cheers:


Very god idea, will try this also.
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: anlauto on October 08, 2015 - 12:23:10 pm
... where did you buy that bench dollie :ylsuper:

Try searching EBay "small anvil"  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: Yellow Submarine on December 09, 2015 - 08:57:08 pm
I have done both SS. And anodized aluminum. The aluminum is far more difficult. It is brittle so if the damage is significant it may only be repairable by an expert. I did have very good results with my challenger headlight buckets. The outer edge had some dents. I tappet it out with a hammer and and an aluminum bar stock section. Then used 120 grit to sand off the anodizing just on the outer part that forms the leading edge. Then used a file like in the vid then down through several differance grades of paper to 2000. Then buffed on a wheel with 3 grades of compound then semi chrome. Looks very good but lacks the same effect of having the clear anodizing. I will try some. Eastwood 2K clear just on that part and see if it gets closer to the look of clear anodizing.

John
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: chally_rktekt on January 13, 2018 - 11:23:58 am
Awesome videos! Thanks man.  :cheers:
Title: Re: Tips and Tricks for polishing / buffing Stainless Trim
Post by: chally_rktekt on January 25, 2018 - 11:57:54 pm
It was a long time ago but I think it was from Eastwood.

https://www.eastwood.com/ew-trim-anvil-with-stand.html (https://www.eastwood.com/ew-trim-anvil-with-stand.html)

Here’s the link for the trim anvil. After I saw this video I had to get one and give it a try! Hopefully these 70 challenger headlight bezel are repairable to this extent even though they are aluminum!

 :cheers:
We’ll see!