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Old 05-13-2012, 07:02 PM
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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


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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