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Refurbishing old trim?

Sooo I’m sure this question has been asked before. What’s the best way to refurbish window moldings. I keep looking at opgi and ss396 and it’s hard to hit the “checkout” button when it’s 300 something bucks for trim yikes! The front I need to buy for sure but I have the back trim but it’s obviously worn. Can I go the Coca Cola and steel wool method? Any other ideas!?
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Sooo Iím sure this question has been asked before. Whatís the best way to refurbish window moldings. I keep looking at opgi and ss396 and itís hard to hit the ďcheckoutĒ button when itís 300 something bucks for trim yikes! The front I need to buy for sure but I have the back trim but itís obviously worn. Can I go the Coca Cola and steel wool method? Any other ideas!?
If your trim isn't badly dinged up, it can be straightened, sanded and polished to better than new appearance. Repro stuff doesn't come close. I'm assuming you're talking about stainless windshield and rear window trim. I bought a trim hammer and anvil from Eastwood, and a Craftsman buffer with 4 or 5 grades of polishing compound, and my 67 stuff turned out show quality. Youtube is your friend for proper methods.

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I just found some videos. I have the back moldings but not sure I have the front ones (windshield) the previous owner may not have given it to me. I may hit up eBay and try and find some OE trim for the front too. I can imagine the quality of the repo won’t be as good
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I just found some videos. I have the back moldings but not sure I have the front ones (windshield) the previous owner may not have given it to me. I may hit up eBay and try and find some OE trim for the front too. I can imagine the quality of the repo wonít be as good
What year is your Chevelle? I may have some front trim.

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Sorry, what I have is 66-67 stuff.

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I had some time to work on some
Pieces. Not 100 percent satisfied but it’s getting better. I sanded them with 500 grit then 1000 grit. Then buffed them a little. I think they need more polish and buffing.
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Re: Refurbishing old trim?

Lots of videos on Youtube on How to straighten and polish stainless trim, definitely worth a try. Usually you can find trim in good shape on craigslist, may be in better shape than what you have.

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