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I know how much work polishing metal can be. I once polished four aluminum wheels that had the machined finish. having a machine is a huge time saver.

covers look great! I am considering doing this now. I wonder if you spray a clear coat on the covers if that would stop the metal from darkening?
I think a clear coat would help. This task is on my list of cheap but necessary mods. It is a lot of work though...
Hats off to those that have the patience for this task.


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More pics, thats about it, Anybody with experience in metal polishing could prlly tell you how to do this better, this just my experience. thanx
Have to admit, that looks fabulous. I want to powder coat mine, but now that I see them polished, I may rethink the powder coating. Looks great my friend.

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Nice job man!!

Is it really +$300 to powedercoat them? Is 'chrome' more? Mine were like $100 in blue... see my gallery to the left... The name of that color...?? SodaPopBlue... lol

I like the FRC/FRPP plastic blue ones... don't know why...?? Speedy?

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Is it really +$300 to powedercoat them? Is 'chrome' more? Mine were like $100 in blue...
+1... I paid $100 to have mine powdercoated.


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They look great!

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Great look guys.Thinking of doing something to mine also.Zoops makes all kind of aluminum pieces for street rods.They sell something called Zoopseal to keep metal parts shiny without turning dull.I have not used but see it in rod mags.Can find under Zoops.com.Keep shiney side up.

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Nice job man!!

Is it really +$300 to powedercoat them? Is 'chrome' more? Mine were like $100 in blue... see my gallery to the left... The name of that color...?? SodaPopBlue... lol

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Mine cost just over $200.00, but it's a two part metalic application. They're actually powdercoated twice.
The "chrome" powdercoating looks good, but when you put a clear protective coating it looks more like aluminum. Without the coating, the chrome powdercoat can be more easily scratched. It's actually no more expensive to do chrome powdercoat than any other solid color. But to buy the covers is like $120 more. Go figure.
If someone wanted to polish their covers, I would get them clear powdercoated right away and then they should retain their shine. That shouldn't be expensive at all. You could also do a candy (semi-transparent) color over the polished for a look that's almost a dead ringer for annodizing.

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I have polished a bunch of motorcycle parts. Avoid sandpaper at all costs if you can. If there is a factory clear coat or pain, use airplane stripper to take it off. It's VERY hard to get the sandpaper scratches out once they are there.

I use a combo of the airplane stripper to remove anything on top and then the black polish to a first cut, and then right to a finish with the green. Green seems to be the best stuff yet.
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I'm going to try and find some covers in the junk yard and either polish or power coat.


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I'm going to try and find some covers in the junk yard and either polish or power coat.
Try going to eBay. Or you can do like I did and get one of the forum membes to sell you theirs. Don't ask me, I'm not ready to let go of my spare set yet.

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I'm going to try and find some covers in the junk yard and either polish or power coat.
I've got a great used parts yard about 20 miles from home. I may go see what kind of Mustang inventory they've got.

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I've got a great used parts yard about 20 miles from home. I may go see what kind of Mustang inventory they've got.
I've never had luck going locally. These cars are too new to find parts. Heck, I can't find parts for my 2000 F-150. If you find some, let me know. You're not that far away from me that it wouldn't be worth my taking a day to come up there. There are a bunch of small parts I'd like to send out for chrome or powdercoating.

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I've got a great used parts yard about 20 miles from home. I may go see what kind of Mustang inventory they've got.
If you find some let me know how much they want if you don't want them or they have a few sets. That would be a good excuse to drive down and meet. PM me if that works for you. thanks


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