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Post by Oxymoron » Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:02 am

Hi
The previous owner of my 6a car had fitted a 6b grille to the front.Whilst at Scimfest I found a complete 6a grille, which I've now polished up and fitted, to restore the stock appearance.
I will keep the later grille in case I change my mind!
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Post by ard126k » Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:06 pm

Lovely. How did you do that? I always understood that polishing the anodised bits was impossible?

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Post by Oxymoron » Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:24 pm

ard126k wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:06 pm
Lovely. How did you do that? I always understood that polishing the anodised bits was impossible?

Alex.
The metal was dull and scratched, so I sanded it back using wet and dry paper...dry coarse paper to start, followed by medium and fine with water and then fine with metal polish...followed by metal polish on a cloth.

It's easier with the lettering removed for painting!


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Post by Roger Pennington » Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:48 pm

ard126k wrote:
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I always understood that polishing the anodised bits was impossible?
Yes, not impossible - it's just that the anodised layer is hard, and needs to be removed by sanding before you can re-polish the resulting bare alloy.
Then (as we know from Woolfrace wheels! :roll: ) polished bare alloy doesn't keep it's shine for long, unless protected by, for example, lacquer (which then has it's own problems).

The grille does look good though :)


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Post by Pogle » Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:44 pm

Excellent job I have just in the past week removed mine and taken the letters off so reading your post has been most informative many thanks. I shall follow your advice. :goodpost:

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Post by Oxymoron » Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:26 pm

I thought about lacquering it, but thought that a couple of stone chips would soon cause problems.
Some wax should help keep the shine for a while, whilst brass waddding soon provides a quick polish up if required! 8)


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Post by Ollieoldbeard » Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:15 pm

How do you get the letters on and off ??



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Post by Oxymoron » Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:50 pm

Ollieoldbeard wrote:
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How do you get the letters on and off ??
Prised them off with a screwdriver as most of the securing posts or clips were broken!
Stuck them back in place with some gasket sealant.


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Post by scmarf » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:02 pm

Excellent :D


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Post by Ollieoldbeard » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:30 pm

I was gonna say, i was trying to remember how they're fixed on,
Are you confident that sealant will last ?
Was it Wellseal ?



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Post by scimjim » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:32 pm

All GTE letters and badges have pins on them to go through the body (or grille in this case). Some are fixed on with clips, others with plastic backs. All of the pins corrode and snap off quite easily.


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Post by Oxymoron » Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:46 pm

The pins still fit through the panel but have been adhered in place,most of them had snapped off at the rear and were no longer held in place by the clips.The clips that remained were rusted and crumbled to dust!


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