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Old 07-19-2002, 09:39 AM   #1
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spot-polishing....?

The finish on my '73 is remarkably good, considering what Inland Andy says about the life expectancy of clear coat. (hey, it still shines..). But there are a couple of spots that someone buggered up around the old wbcci numbers....and it appears that the glue has eaten through the clear-coat as well. So there's some oxidized "spots" there. What would you do to clean these up, short of a "real" polishing job? I know, only a complete polishing will make it disapear completely, but I'm willing to settle for less than perfection. something that doesn't make it so noticeable, and won't cost me $$$ and many hours of tedious labor....
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Old 07-19-2002, 09:54 AM   #2
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Chuck. There is not much you can do. You can strip the one panel and replasticoat it. In time the new paint will blend in with the old, in appearance. If you polish the metal, it won't ever match. If you use 0000 steel wool, very gently, it will take the oxidation off, but it will change the grain of the metal, to the extent of not matching at all, as you look at it from different angles.
Best you can do is refinish that panel, and don't look at it for awhile.
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