refinish stainless steel trim

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  1. Chuck71RS

    Chuck71RS Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Need to remove scratches and polish the stainless steel trim at the top of the doors, fenders and back of the hood

    I have a 6" bench grinder, 3,500 rpm, 1/2 hp, 5/8" arbor

    How do I remove scratches and shine the metal? Please be specific as to materials and technique

    I am sure there are various buffing wheels that can attach to the bench grinder but I don't know what is appropriate. Can buffing wheels be safely used with the above bench grinder?
     
  2. secondgenaddict

    secondgenaddict Veteran Member

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    I just taught my brother this for his 73 RSLTZ28 -
    Start with 800 grit sand paper with water and dish soap - get the scratches all going in length wise direction- then work to 1000 - 1500 - 2000 - then it will polish with a bit of fine compound...
    With Stainless - work your way through wet sanding - same direction (length wise) - use sandpaper first and you will get the results you want...
     
  3. berg2695

    berg2695 Veteran Member

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    I have an idea for low-buck buffing. I found an old shoe polishing motor at a garage sale for $3. You know- those ancient things with a red brush on one side and a black brush on the other. I removed the brushes and modified the shaft so I could mount a 1/4" buff wheel from an inexpensive Eastwood buffing kit ($30). Then I mounted it on a pedestal made from scrap wood. IMG_0036.JPG Works great for light duty buffing. It's a low torque motor, so it's very safe.
     
  4. budro6968

    budro6968 Veteran Member

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    That's neat. Do you still have the old pads? They might work for other stuff too.
     
  5. Zstar

    Zstar Veteran Member

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    Please forget the sanding idea. Get a soft buffing wheel with some some polishing compound and take your time. You'll be fine.
     
  6. berg2695

    berg2695 Veteran Member

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    You're right. I probably should have left one of the shoe polishing brushes on one end of the motor. Sometimes when I get an idea I get a little carried away and rip into it too fast!
     
  7. COPO

    COPO Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Can I bring my shoes over?
     

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