refinish stainless steel trim

Discussion in 'Body Restoration' started by Chuck71RS, Feb 23, 2018.

  1. Chuck71RS

    Chuck71RS Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Nov 24, 2012
    Houston, Texas
    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

    Dec 29, 2012
    Upstate South Carolina
    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

    Nov 13, 2011
    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

    Apr 2, 2016
    Jax Florida
    That's neat. Do you still have the old pads? They might work for other stuff too.
  5. Zstar

    Zstar Veteran Member

    Mar 23, 2014
    Ocala, Florida
    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

    Nov 13, 2011
    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

    Sep 15, 1999
    Ontario, Canada
    Can I bring my shoes over?

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