Per Schroeder
Per Schroeder SuperDork
5/15/06 9:32 p.m.

We spent some time polishing the aluminum trim that surrounds the front and rear windshields. The original polished finish was protected with a clear anodization. Over the past 30 years, this finish has become clouded, milky and less than shiney.

To fix this, we first stripped off the anodizing with a EZ-Off oven cleaner. This lye-based product is a little rough on your hands, but it’ll strip the finish without damaging the aluminum underneath.

Once we were down to bare aluminum, we used sandpaper in the 220-400 grit range to smooth out any scratches and then used a polishing wheel and polishing compound to bring out the aluminum’s shine. The end result looks darn good, although we will need to periodically re-polish the trim to keep it looking bright.

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