'78 Z28 owners...

Discussion in 'Interior Restoration' started by TX78Z28, Aug 26, 2006.

  1. TX78Z28

    TX78Z28 Veteran Member

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    How are you refinishing the insert that goes in the dash bezel? I have one that is turned black and have not been able to clean it... so I removed the silver facing from the bezel but can't decide what to do next....go after it with a piece of tarnex or sandpaper (LOL!)? or is everyone just painting these? or what?

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    Thanks in advance!
     
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    I taped and painted mine. It came out pretty good I thought.
     
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    since I have it separated into the two pieces...I was hoping to refinish it somehow. if painting is the only option, what paint...aluminum? chrome silver?
     
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    I cleaned mine to the max, scuffed it lightly with fine steel wool, masked the areas to remain black, and spray painted it chrome sliver.
    BTW, now might be a good time to replace any burnt out bulbs in the instrument cluster too.
     
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    I took the silver facing off of my '80 (different layout, similar construction), cleaned off the glue, and painted it black. I have Autometer gauges with black faces and silver casing, I think it looks pretty good.
     
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    aluminum dash refinish

    i saw your old thread on the bezel and have been wondering how to do this myself or send it out It would be nice to make it look new again did anyone ever find a way to refinsh aluminum bezel? thanks
     
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    Didn't care to refinish it. Just bought a new ABS one.
    Looks exactly like this one.
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    Ask Tommy (67lemanster) for the site where he got his Lemanster's done.
    It's a very cool unique finish. Begins with an H IIRC.
     
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    the covan's are nice...but the '78 Z28 had a unique bezel...and one worth restoring IMHO. :)

    I've begun painting it and have the flat black portion done and a test area of chrome. I'm not sure I'm going to like the chrome though as I feel the OEM look was more aluminum looking.

    I'll post pics when done.
     
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    I have been doing research on this too. The bezel insert looks very shiny like chrome if you look at original low mileage examples that are for sale. I was thinking about having mine rechromed. I know there are places that do this and than reglue it to the main part.
     
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    I have a Z28 but I dont have the chrome trim!?!? what is up with that!
     

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