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Targa bar paint or strip for chrome look

Hi all, I have my 1978 sc. Black paint on targa bar has seen better days. I am in the process of a restore on the car and am at a cross roads for what look to go for. I know it's a personal choice but would love all input from whatever perspective and for whatever reason. I am including pictures although lighting is not the greatest in my garage. I did purchase the h4 lights as I like the look. I went for the chrome rings but could purchase a pair of black rings and have painted when I paint the car. I am sticking with the original color which I like a lot.
1978 911 sc copper brown metallic.

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It looks like your Targa bar was originally not painted black because your window trim is bright aluminum. My "79 Targa came with the silver brushed stainless steel Targa bar as standarg equipment. The black trim in those days cost extra. In the eighties that was considered cool and some folks painted their silver brushed Targa bar black. In that case the black paint should come off rather easily. You could try paint remover in a small spot and see what happens.
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I literally started this today! I am stripping it. If I don't like the look I will have a nice clean base to paint.
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I have seen a few 1978 Targas with the bright trim on the front and rear window, but with black targa bar and quarterlights on the doors. It seems that Porsche got confused. Mine is a 1978 Targa with the sport package, so Fuchs, whale tail, etc and should all be black, but my front and rear window trims are bright and I am pretty sure they are original.
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here is my painted to match bar.
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Since you asked, my first suggestion is make it the way the factory made it. You did not mention how it came stock, but I assume it was black.

If that is not persuasive enough, than I suggest that whatever way you go, make the whole car match it. So if it you go shiny or black on everything which is more costly/hassle to do? For instance, the trim around the light lenses black? Engine grill?

Lastly, you have a very cool color and I think the black on everything would look better -- I think chrome looks good on the 1970s signal colors (green, orange, yellow) but that black looks better with your more sophisticated color. Either way you will have a great car, enjoy!
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Targa bar

If you haven't looked at this thread....do so. I think keeping black is the way to go for your car...However, aluminum look is cool to.

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Ok, I don't want to hijack this thread. But I did the stripping this afternoon and here are the pics. Decision will factor on how even I am able to get the finish on the metal.











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Figured I'd give the stainless look a try. Before and after...

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Figured I'd give the stainless look a try. Before and after...

Wow, ''after'' looks good.
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I think the brushed stainless Targa bar looks good as it was originally intended: To stand out and not hide under black paint. But I am prejudiced, my 79 Targa came like that. But Buzzi endorsed it also:

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Figured I'd give the stainless look a try. Before and after...

Wow, Awesome transformation. Do you have more pics of that car?
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I would recommend keeping it metallic, especially as you have brightwork around windows, on wheels and chrome door handles. It looks great with unusual colors...

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For your consideration. Here is my all original 1979 Targa without the black out option group:

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Now that I have I stripped do you guys have any guidance on evening out the stainless steel finish?
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Isn't your stainless steel Targa bar finished with a brushed surface? That was the original finish for your car I understand. Raw stainless steel does not need any surface treatment. Why don't you keep the brushed finish as is?
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Here it is. Stripped polished and reinstalled... I will put a couple with the bar pained for comparison. Lighting is not the best in the garage but I hope you get the idea. Please give honest input.
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Stripping the paint was easy. Aircraft stripper works wonders. To get the finish even, I started with 215 grit sandpaper and moved to 400 - 800 - 1000-green pad. Honestly, the finish is a bit more polished than I'd prefer. I like the rough stainless look over the polished bar look. I've actually, roughed mine up a bit to my liking. I wanted to match the new finish on the wheels. So far, everyone seems to like it. Targas need to be different to stand out!
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Here it is. Stripped polished and reinstalled... I will put a couple with the bar pained for comparison. Lighting is not the best in the garage but I hope you get the idea. Please give honest input.
Thanks,
Gary
Looks good!
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Stripping the paint was easy. Aircraft stripper works wonders. To get the finish even, I started with 215 grit sandpaper and moved to 400 - 800 - 1000-green pad. Honestly, the finish is a bit more polished than I'd prefer. I like the rough stainless look over the polished bar look. I've actually, roughed mine up a bit to my liking. I wanted to match the new finish on the wheels. So far, everyone seems to like it. Targas need to be different to stand out!
I think I am going to keep it bare. The bar looks really good on its own.

Would you recommend stopping at 800 grit to keep from going to far towards a polished look?

Thanks!

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