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02-22-2011, 11:52 AM
I've got some scuffing and scratches on the trim at the bottom of the windshield. Looking for suggestions as to how best to polish it on the car. I'd rather not take the wiper piviots off and unbolt the trim from under the dash. The cables that drive the wipers appear to be a pain to deal with and I recall Mad stating that he spent a number of hours on his back reattaching his. My car is not painted yet so I'm not in fear of damage to it while polishing the trim.
02-22-2011, 12:01 PM
Stainless steel is a tough material. I doubt that you will be able to polish it to perfection on the car. As an addition, these parts are "flash" chromed; therefore they look like chrome. Without that specific plating, the parts are more yellow. If you sand and polish just where the scratches are, you will have a moulding which is partly blue like chrome and yellow like stainless steel.
Probably the moulding can be removed without touching the wiper's cables, but others may confim of deny it.
I have buffed scratched stainless while on the car. As was stated, with flash chromed stainless, you are taking a risk of polishing thru the chrome and into the stainless. You might minimize the damage by polishing only, without first taking out the deepest scratches with 400 grit emery cloth.
I used a variety of polishing compounds and a Dremel tool. I masked the surfaces I did not want abraded with illustrator's white tape first.
PJ Tool and Supply in Bay Shore NY has a kit with various compounds that I found especially helpful. This is tedious work, and the final buffing takes forever to remove blemishes as a result of the buffing wheel, but old abrasions can be minimized. I found it worth the effort.
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