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Thread: What is the finish on 1968 quarter window trim? Anodized or Polished

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    What is the finish on 1968 quarter window trim? Anodized or Polished

    I'm starting to put my 68 back together and so I'm cleaning everything up. My quarter window trim has some cloudiness, I have tried a good quality aluminum polish and wet sanding(lightly) with 1000 grit. It looks a little better but I dont want to get to aggressive if it is anodized. So polished or anodized? Any other tricks? Thanks
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    Bright anodizing .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richy View Post
    Bright anodizing .
    ...which is likely all gone now with the steps you've taken with polishing and sanding - even the 'mild' stuff you've used.

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    Is the frame made of aluminum? And no the finish is not gone they look fine, just not perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spb350 View Post
    Is the frame made of aluminum? And no the finish is not gone they look fine, just not perfect.
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    I was under the impression thatís 68 was the year that had chrome window trim, is that incorrect?
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    Quote Originally Posted by blucille View Post
    I was under the impression thatís 68 was the year that had chrome window trim, is that incorrect?
    yes, that is incorrect

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    Quote Originally Posted by spb350 View Post
    Is the frame made of aluminum? And no the finish is not gone they look fine, just not perfect.
    Not sure from the photo you can truly tell what the finish actually looks like - I'll stand by my comment that if 1000 grit was used - and if it was indeed an anodized finish - it is no longer.

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    Thanks for the replies

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    Mac73s is correct. The anodizing is removed and the aluminum substrate is now polished, and will look good temporarily. Unless treated with some preservative (none of which will last long between treatments), the aluminum will dull as it corrodes. spb350 will see this within a few months as he compares it to the front window frames which he did not sand (I hope he did not sand). This is the same result achieved by those who advise "renewing" chrome by scrubbing it with 0000 steel wool and a chrome cleaner: the chrome (a very, very thin protective coating) gets removed and the process simply shines the nickel beneath it which will soon begin to dull.

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