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Old 08-17-2010, 06:59 PM   #1
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Polish Replacement Panels on 72 Safari

We have a 1972 Safari that was involved in an incident that cause the right rear lower and upper panels on the corners to be replaced. The panels were replaced with new panels. Insurance would not pay for vintage panels. We are polishing the trailer and would like suggestions on what to do.

Of course the obvious answer is buy vintage panels. Easier said then done. What can we do with these existing panels. If the only option is buy vintage panels, where can we get vintage panels at a good price.

Thanks for you help and advice.

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Old 08-17-2010, 07:25 PM   #2
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Good question. I've had to replace three dented panels on the rear of my '72 Sovereign. You'll need to strip the clearcoat from your new panels before you polish them. You'll be able to polish them, but I've been told they won't be as brilliant as the old vintage ones.

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Buying a quality sheet of aluminum is the best thing you can do and even then that's not usually enough. Try to work your polisher on a 45 degree angle relative to the "grain" of your sheet F7 or G6 polish is a must. Then consider the acid bath or a wet sanding with 2000 grit sandpaper these are "experimental" techniques so experiment on a scrap before you try it on your trailer.
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