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Way to polish exterior trim?
« on: October 13, 2016, 08:40:06 PM »
I am putting together my 1973 Runabout and my 1965 Plymouth Fury after painting. The trim is in good shape but a little dull.


I thought it was stainless but a body guy said most was aluminum by this date. My question is how to polish it to a high shine before putting it back on. A parts place sold me a cream called Formula 7 compound to hand buff the metal, but the result is less than spectacular.


Do any of you use a buffing wheel to shine trim? If so what polishing compound do you use, and applied with what sort of wheel?
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Re: Way to polish exterior trim?
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2016, 07:58:56 PM »
I'd like to know too.  My dad told me that even brand new the aluminum was never super shiny.  He was a ford dealer mechanic.

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Re: Way to polish exterior trim?
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2016, 10:42:05 PM »
That is correct, they never had a chrome finish, it was always a stin finish.
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Re: Way to polish exterior trim?
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2016, 09:08:51 PM »
I'd like to know too.  My dad told me that even brand new the aluminum was never super shiny.  He was a ford dealer mechanic.

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I don't know. The OEM Pinto door edge guards I just bought on E-Bay were extremely shiny.
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