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Scratched front Emblem
#1357562 Tue Apr 28 2020 01:23 PM
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'Bolter
Hi Folks, Been buffing and polishing the truck over the last few weeks, and took a look at the front emblem, and see that it has significant scratching. Before considering replacing with a rerpo unit, I have been trying to clean it up, with little success.
Here's what I've tried.
- hand polish with Blue Magic Metal Polish Cream (no improvement)
- Hand rub with Steel wool #000 (no improvement)
- Hand Sand with 3000 grit sand paper (more scratches, but uniform)
- Hand rub with Steel wool #0000 again (slight improvement in scratches)
- Hand polish with Blue Magic Metal polish Cream (no change)

Getting frustrated that there is nothing I can do to get the scratches out, and should just buy a repro unit.
THoughts on what I could do to save the original part?

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1954 Chevy 3100
Re: Scratched front Emblem
Kevin13Shaw #1357569 Tue Apr 28 2020 02:12 PM
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Shop Shark
With everything you've already tried I suspect rechroming would be your only option.


38 Chevy 1/2 ton being resto-moded
65 AC Cobra replica
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Re: Scratched front Emblem
Kevin13Shaw #1357582 Tue Apr 28 2020 03:37 PM
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Posts: 601
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'Bolter
Maybe try a small spot. I used 0000 and Brasso...
But Try a small spot.
Todd

Re: Scratched front Emblem
Kevin13Shaw #1357585 Tue Apr 28 2020 03:52 PM
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O
'Bolter
I used NOXON and #0000 steel wool on my wheels and it took a lot of imperfections out. I Followed up with Blue Magic polish.

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Re: Scratched front Emblem
Kevin13Shaw #1357592 Tue Apr 28 2020 04:35 PM
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Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
Once Chrome is scratched it’s scratched. No amount of rubbing/sanding will get it all out. Beware of the re-pops, they are not the quality of chrome as the original. If you can afford it, rechrome yours.🛠


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)
‘65 Chevy Biscayne 4dr 230 I-6 one owner (I’m #2) “Emily”
‘39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe “Clarence”



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Re: Scratched front Emblem
Kevin13Shaw #1357600 Tue Apr 28 2020 05:43 PM
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Insomniac
I painted mine white and used a decal kit. But I'm not worried about authenticity.

https://www.stovebolt.com/ubbthread...1662/re-headlamp-visors.html#Post1351662


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Re: Scratched front Emblem
Kevin13Shaw #1357610 Tue Apr 28 2020 07:02 PM
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D
'Bolter
The 54s are stainless, not chrome. You’ll need to sand the scratches out, and put it on a buffing wheel to polish it.

Re: Scratched front Emblem
Kevin13Shaw #1357620 Tue Apr 28 2020 07:42 PM
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'Bolter
If these pieces are stainless steel the scratches will come out starting out using a lower grit number sandpaper than 3000. I polished a grill piece on the ‘37 and it was in much worse condition that the one in the photo. It fact, it even had dents. A friend loaned me a tool he made that raised the dents. These were then filed flat, yes a file and yes there was stomach turning horror when he demonstrated the technique on the piece. Once I completed that step on all the dents, we moved on to using progressively finer grit sandpaper. The grit started at 120, 220,320, and on up to 600, then we switched to brasso, then a solution that had an even finer grit. I don’t recall off hand what that one was now, I got at a Swap Meet years ago. I think now I’d likely use several different progressively finer grit papers body shops use, instead. This grill piece turned out looking pretty good.

Re: Scratched front Emblem
Kevin13Shaw #1357627 Tue Apr 28 2020 08:20 PM
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Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
Yes, if it’s stainless it can be brought back to like new condition. Like the guys said you have to start aggressive and then progressively lighter. Good luck.


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)
‘65 Chevy Biscayne 4dr 230 I-6 one owner (I’m #2) “Emily”
‘39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe “Clarence”



"I fought the law and the law won" now I are a retired one!
Support those brave men/women who stand the "Thin Blue Line"! Hug a cop!
USAF 1965-1969 Weather Observation Tech (I got paid to look at the clouds)

Re: Scratched front Emblem
46Sparky #1357657 Tue Apr 28 2020 11:07 PM
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Posts: 400
T
'Bolter
Originally Posted by 46Sparky
If these pieces are stainless steel the scratches will come out starting out using a lower grit number sandpaper than 3000. I polished a grill piece on the ‘37 and it was in much worse condition that the one in the photo. It fact, it even had dents. A friend loaned me a tool he made that raised the dents. These were then filed flat, yes a file and yes there was stomach turning horror when he demonstrated the technique on the piece. Once I completed that step on all the dents, we moved on to using progressively finer grit sandpaper. The grit started at 120, 220,320, and on up to 600, then we switched to brasso, then a solution that had an even finer grit. I don’t recall off hand what that one was now, I got at a swap meet years ago. I think now I’d likely use several different progressively finer grit papers body shops use, instead. This grill piece turned out looking pretty good.


Good advice . But if you have just light scratches then I would start with 600 or above . Work up to 1000 1500 and 2500 . Then if you have a compound set with cotton wheels it will polish to a near chrome finish. Never quite as bright as chrome but close.


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