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Username Post: Aluminum Trim        (Topic#352873)
Los59 
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09-06-18 08:49 AM - Post#2745472    

Curious as to how you fine folks have addressed the finish of the aluminum trim on your projects. I've heard of addressing this trim in a few ways.

Polishing to mirror finish - I've heard from a few that this is a good option but will require additional maintenance due to corrosion as it will jot be coated.

Polish then Anodize - I have heard that today's anodizing will dull the polished finish and will not look right but I have not seen first hand. I believe these parts were anodized originally from factory.

Chrome - possible chipping concerns??? this also is in regards to the interior dash trim where you have to fold back onto the metal panels (glovebox, ash tray, etc.)

Interested in what you folks have to say As i will be tackling this soon enough.

Thanks!

1959 Impala Sport Coupe Factory 4-Spd


 




martiny 
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09-06-18 10:06 AM - Post#2745480    
    In response to Los59

I had all of my aluminum anodized. If you have it professionally done be prepared to spend $$$$$. I can get you contact info if you want to go that route.
Mine has held up well (6 years out) There are existing posts detailing how to do it yourself. I will let others comment on the difficulty/quality.

Jim Martiny
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Los59 
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09-06-18 10:37 AM - Post#2745485    
    In response to martiny

All your aluminum? Interior as well? If you happen to have some some photos of how they turned out. If you can get me the contact info on your contact as well that would be helpful. Thanks Martini.

1959 Impala Sport Coupe Factory 4-Spd


 
Aussie_Chevy_Nut 
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09-06-18 03:28 PM - Post#2745513    
    In response to Los59

Hi,
I had the Aluminum parts (grille, side moldings etc.) of my '62 Convert re anodised as originally produced way back before 1990 and kept the car in a dry garage ever since then. Everthing is still in great condition. That was back when there were no reproduction parts so it was either reanodise or NOS if available.
Perhaps you don't need to reanodise every part.
Personally I would not just polish and then do it again in a couple of years or so because it is a never ending task and polished aluminum was never how the cars left the factory.
Of course today you often have reproduction parts; some are good and some not so good.
Finally some folks chrome plate their aluminum parts but the problem with this approach is that chrome and aluminum are dissimilar metals and the chrome will eventually peel off the aluminum. It will look good for a while but won't be original.
That's my 2 cents' worth,
John




 
martiny 
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09-06-18 03:41 PM - Post#2745517    
    In response to Los59

All of my anodized, and all stainless trim, was done by Dave Kosmann. My pieces he did were flawless, $$$$, but you get what you pay for.

https://www.trimrestoration.com/
208-250-9755

On the interior, only 2 anodized I can think of are the "CHEVROLET" above the glove box and the ON/OFF/ACC above the ignition switch. I had 2 good originals for those.

I will take some pics tomorrow. Would you PM me an email? And do you want pics of the stainless also

Jim Martiny
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Jens 
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09-06-18 06:31 PM - Post#2745532    
    In response to Los59

Another alternative is chrome powder coat. You need to strip the anodizing off first and do your repairs and then work the aluminum down to 400-600 wet-or-dry.
No need to polish as the powdercoat will build the film thickness it needs to flow out in the oven.
It closely resembles the anodized finish for a fraction of the cost.
You can also clear powdercoat over for added durability. But it does take away a little from the reflection. Just don't build the film thickness up too much or it can mottle the finish.









 
Los59 
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09-10-18 06:02 AM - Post#2745778    
    In response to Jens

Thanks for the input and references guys. Much appreciated. I think I will stick with anodize. The photos helped determine.

1959 Impala Sport Coupe Factory 4-Spd


 




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