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Chrome trim advice needed...

Can badly bent chromed aluminum trim be rebent back into good/excelelnt condition?

Ultimately I need to make the decision to either buy a used set (which has been removed properly) or have the pieces that the PO basically YANKED off rebent and rechromed.

Any suggestions?
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Old 10-19-2003, 10:34 AM
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I hear it's very difficult to straighten out after it's bent... I assume you're talking about the windshield trim strips?

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Ryan, anyone else for that matter,

I must have a dozen sets/partial sets of windshield trim, maybe more than that. I'm not trying to solicit business here, if anyone needs a piece or two or a whole set, contact me. I'll let you have it for a couple a bucks a piece plus shipping.

All I'm doing is making more work for myself here but, if I can help out a teener, even a cw, I'll be glad to do it.

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The targa bar trim can be found new or used also.

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Is the trim on our cars plated? I have always thought it is polished aluminum. Anyway, straightening badly bent windshield trim is near impossible. Take it off carefully or replace it.
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clear anodized aluminum...fro weather protection
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I don't know about fixing the little windshield trim, but the larger pieces can be fixed, with a veru gentle touch.

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All of my Trim is very scratched, can I buff it out?
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Scratched? You mean the coating, or the metal?

Use oven cleaner (do a small piece, this is not an afternoon project) to remove the anodized coating... is the metal damaged? Polish and recoat with clear.

If the damage is a deep gouge, you are going to need a wallet, with a few bucks in it.

Take the wallet out, open it, dump the contents on a clean flat surface.

Next, call a place that stocks trim, and cry.


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Go to the Pelican 914 Tech Articles. See the one called "Making your window moulding look good". All you need to know about refinishing aluminum trim.
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Thanks

Phil, I may take you up on your offer. I will try to compare what I have with the books, then get back to you.

I was told today by my local 914 guru that it is polished aluminum. Ah, live and learn.

Thanks all.
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