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fbodyrs96 05-13-2012 07:02 PM

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!

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/a...s/IMG_8252.jpg
http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/a...s/IMG_8254.jpg
http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/a...s/IMG_8256.jpg

davidlb512 05-13-2012 07:05 PM

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

davidlb512 05-13-2012 07:07 PM

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!

fbodyrs96 05-13-2012 08:45 PM

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.

davidlb512 05-13-2012 08:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fbodyrs96 (Post 128456)
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.

davidlb512 05-13-2012 08:55 PM

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

venom 05-13-2012 10:05 PM

very nice! stickied!

Throwback Bird 05-13-2012 11:34 PM

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

Throwback Bird 05-13-2012 11:38 PM

Mine dulled when I sprayed the clear on. plus they are two different struts.
http://www.v6f-body.com/picture.php?...pictureid=1145

Bonemaro 05-14-2012 06:13 AM

I just replaced my struts Friday. I wish I did this.


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