Robert Noel Reddington
Post Number: 992
|Posted on Thursday, 21 April, 2016 - 11:58 am: |
use bakers fluid and soft solder to repair then clear coat then T cut, put loots of clear coat.
if it looks yellow then do all the chrome.
Post Number: 31
|Posted on Sunday, 29 May, 2016 - 07:08 pm: |
What would you recommend as an easy way to fill and hide stone chips in the grill?. I've been looking for some type of metallic epoxy/putty that can be polished, but can't come up with a definitive product.
Vladimir Ivanovich Kirillov
Post Number: 516
|Posted on Monday, 30 May, 2016 - 05:11 am: |
Nick l think Bob is still hooting it up in Eire ripping the doors off pubs and terrorising the help.
You have raised a very important point.I think there will be a difficulting in matching an epoxy with the bright sheen of the grill it being polished stainless steel.You really don't want a bogged up appearance.
I have never heard of a stainless restorer so you may have to get a replacement from Flying Spares or a good second hand one from a breaker. There is one who deals on eBay in east OZ. Certain Bob will return soon. Cheers
Post Number: 2061
|Posted on Monday, 30 May, 2016 - 07:13 am: |
Vladimir is correct regarding the use of a filler - I am not aware of any product of this type and even if you use a stainless steel welding rod to fill the chips, there will be an obvious difference in the the surface colour after grinding and polishing the spot weld due to the difference in alloy content between the parent metal and the filler.
The only possible rectification would be to dolly out the dent and then polish the parent metal. The indentation mark may not polish out however restoring the affected part of the grill may but not always reduce the visual impact.
If you decide to rectify the grill, be very aware that if you apply too much pressure for too long during the repolishing can overheat the stainless steel causing localised buckling due to expansion from the heat induced in the polishing. Stainless steel is not a good thermal conductor hence the need for care.
Post Number: 5
|Posted on Monday, 30 May, 2016 - 05:57 pm: |
There is a firm in UK which polished some used wheel disks which I bought on Ebay. When they arrived I found three obviously "used", they had been kerbed in the usual way, and one which seemed almost new - I would have accepted it as new.
A friend took the three tatty ones to a place near him to have them restored. When they returned I could not detect the difference between the three used ones and the new one. That is not in the same league as a big rad shell but it suggests that there may be professional polishers around somewhere near you who could do an acceptable job.
Regards from Alan D.
Post Number: 16
|Posted on Tuesday, 31 May, 2016 - 08:39 am: |
It can be done, I had the door sill covers and other bits done, couldn't tell the difference, there are plenty of people out there that work with stainless, we build elevators from it and it isn't expensive to get to the RR standard of polishing
Post Number: 32
|Posted on Tuesday, 31 May, 2016 - 06:38 pm: |
Hi Gents, thanks for getting back.
I admit to being a sook on this. The stone didn't actually create an indent, just a 6mm nick on an otherwise excellent grille- now calling it a memento of a really nice 3200km road trip through NSW and Vic. The car ran flawlessly the whole time.
Gave a good hand polish with Autosol and now I'm happy enough to leave things alone.