Z28 Wheel Trim Rings Refinishing

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  1. Green hornet

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    I have looked through all the post in the search section with no success.

    Has anyone tried to remove scratches from the trim rings themselves? I believe the rings are stainless steel, could scratches be sanded out with success?
     
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    Use a Google search.... "nastyz28 polishing trim rings"

    That will get you a few links for polishing and re$toration place$.
     
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    I used to work with a guy that went around to places that needed Stainless repair work done. He would also build stuff too. He would grind the welds with flap or standard hard fiber discs and rol loc discs and finish with several scotch brite type wheels. Each a finer grit till he got to the fine sanding and last with polishing compound and buffing with a soft Fleece disc or mop. Go in the direction of the grain.
     
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    I have found places that will restore them on this site but I’m not interested in spending that kind of $. I was more interested if anyone has tried it at home themselves. I just received a set of used ones that have some scratches and need a little TLC, thought I might try on one and see what happen. I was looking for feed back of the idea.
     
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    I found the thread “polishing trim rings”. Reading through it, it has more questions than answers. Mainly about the type of finish the ring should have. I guess I’ll experiment on one and see what happens.
     
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    0B08AFF8-4722-4E7B-AEFC-6FD09E4F98B6.jpeg 02CFC143-5558-4FFB-AB93-989C580B3050.png A6D4E960-E26E-4B09-865D-0F2AB9CBC395.png 77F078D8-CABF-4FCA-B97A-4276A540C838.png Been working on my P01 wheel covers for my Vette, sanding out gouges on stainless is a lot of work but worth the effort. I started with 80 grit on this one to remove the gouges and worked up to 800, gonna need a polisher i have one like this one in the pic.
     
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    I guess if they were too shiny when you were done,you could wipe them with brake cleaner.That always seems to dull things down.
     
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    Bill, it looks like there was some heavy damage to that hub cap that you were able to remove.

    I just watched a YouTube video on restoring ss trim. I’m going to experiment and see what happens. I’ll take before and after photos of the ring and the damaged area I’m working on and post the results.
     
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    Stainless steel is tough stuff.
    They can be sanded down and polished to a mirror finish.
    (It would be easy to go too far with a big buffing wheel and rouge.)

    Factory rings weren’t a mirror finish.
    I believe they had a slightly dulled “brushed” finish.

    Reproducing that finish will take some experimenting.

    Maybe steel wool would replicate it pretty close after sanding and buffing?

    Or a carefully applied chemical treatment like krabben suggested.

    Keep us posted and let us know how they turned out.

    Good Luck!
     
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    Based on what info I have found, the shine or final finish is based on how far you take the proses. You can polish it to a very shiny finish or leave it a little duller by stopping at a certain point.
     

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