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    Default How to Polish Hood/Hatch Struts

    Don't think I ever posted it on here, since Brent was doing it, thought I should.

    A quick way to make your Hood and Rear Hatch Struts look like new.

    Things you need:

    Sand Paper: grit 320-400-800-1000 and 1500 (this is what I already had, you my use different products.)
    Wire Wheel (optional for the 320)
    Assistant/Extra set of hands (Not necessary but definitely helpful when lifting heavy hatch/hood)
    Clear Coat spray paint or
    a can of Fluid Film
    Expect Approx. 1 hour per strut

    Process:

    Remove the strut: On the ball & socket joint that attaches to the actual hood/hatch you’ll see a small slit in the socket where you’ll insert a flat-head screwdriver in place to pop the socket off the ball. Remove the old strut now and have your assistant slowly lower the hood/hatch.
    Clean the black paint off with 320 grit sand paper or a wire wheel.
    Then sand the bare metal with 400 grit…then 800…then 1000…then 1500… wet sanding worked the best once you’re to the 800.
    After that polish with a quality metal polish of your choice (if you have a bench grinder use it with a polishing wheel) or dremel tool.
    Reinstall is reverse of removal.
    Consider finishing off with a coat or two of clear coat, or Fluid Film to avoid any rusting/oxidation to the now exposed metal.
    Now stand back and enjoy your new polished struts!




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    Nice write up man! I don't think that's something I've ever even thought about doing!

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    Do you mind if I copy and paste this write up for my 300M forum? Giving proper credit to you of course. ;-) We have hood and trunk struts on the 300M just like these too. I think this would look great on my silver 300M too!

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    no problem, go ahead. at least you asked, there was a guy on LS1tech that used my write and pics and tried to claim it has his, he got shut down in a hurry when a friend noticed it was my car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fbodyrs96 View Post
    no problem, go ahead. at least you asked, there was a guy on LS1tech that used my write and pics and tried to claim it has his, he got shut down in a hurry when a friend noticed it was my car.
    Hahaha, that's funny as hell. I wouldn't use a write up without the author's knowledge.

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    Thanks man! I got it up over there now too. If you'd like to check it out, the link is http://300mclub.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=27981

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    very nice! stickied!
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    I cleared mine, Not very happy with it. Im gonna redo them and find another way fto keep them from turning.

    3.4L with some goodies
    custom paint with a touch of 1978
    http://www.v6f-body.com/showthread.php?t=3065

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1-Kustombird View Post
    I cleared mine, Not very happy with it. Im gonna redo them and find another way fto keep them from turning.
    Yeah I tried putting clear on mine to last night, looked like shit and flaked off when it was dry. There's got to be something we could use to coat them with.

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    Mine dulled when I sprayed the clear on. plus they are two different struts.

    3.4L with some goodies
    custom paint with a touch of 1978
    http://www.v6f-body.com/showthread.php?t=3065

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