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Old 12-25-2007, 09:21 AM
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Default Anyone polish stock TVP's?

I've tried searching, but I can't find anything. I'd like to know if anyone here has removed the stock paint, and polished their stock TVP's? If so, how did you do it, because I think they would look pretty good polished. Thanks.
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Old 12-25-2007, 10:26 AM
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Default RE: Anyone polish stock TVP's?

I have seen trucks with it done and they look sweet. Not sure how they did it, but I would imagine you could use a dremel to get the paint off then some Mothers to polish them up nice and shiny.
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Old 12-25-2007, 10:34 AM
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Why not just use paint stripper? Or even just some decent paint thinner is likely to strip that stuff right off.

And then it just a matter of elbow grease and polishing compound.
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Old 12-25-2007, 11:06 AM
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Default RE: Anyone polish stock TVP's?

Yeah, I've polished aluminum rims before. But before I could polish them, I had to remove the clear coat with some industrial airline paint stripper, I just don't know if that would be the easiest way. I have a buffing wheel and some aluminum polish, but the paint is the hard part. There must be an easy way. I suppose I could just sand it off with really fine sand paper, then wet sand it, then polish it. I'm just looking for the fastest way.
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Old 12-25-2007, 11:29 AM
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TVPs are anodized, so you won't be able to grind it down with a Dremel or paint thinner. You have to dip the TVPs into a special acid to remove the anodizing properly.
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Old 12-25-2007, 12:05 PM
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"special acid" aka oven cleaner. Easy Off should do the trick.
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Old 12-25-2007, 02:38 PM
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Caustic soda work best to remove anodizing, oven cleaner is easier to get though. Work in a well ventilated area, that stuff is toxic. I've heard of mothers mag but i use a polishing wheel with some polishing compounds. The dremel works ok but being so small its a real pain. A polishing wheel makes quick work of it.

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Old 12-27-2007, 11:28 PM
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Get some drainO kitchen crystals....just put a few cups of water in a pan and about 3-5 spoons full of the crystals and it takes a minute or two...just pull out and you can actualy rub the anodized stuff off with your finger...but it works better with a wire brush....after all that just sand with 600 grit wet,then 800, 1500, 2000 and metal cuting compound for a really nice finish....remember always wet do it in the sink or tub....
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Old 12-27-2007, 11:44 PM
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Or you can go to your local auto parts store and pick up some [link=http://www.greased-lightning.com/Products/Products.aspx?ProductId=6&type=auto]Greased Lightning[/link] cleaner. Thats what I used to remove all of that butt ugly purple anodizing off of my Savage, it works great and is cheap too![8D]

Just keep an eye on the parts while your using it... Oh and wear gloves too!
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