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Column cover

Discussion in 'Factory Original Alpines & Tigers' started by davida4speed, Feb 15, 2020.

  1. davida4speed

    davida4speed Silver Level Sponsor

    I have a steering column cover in good condition, but is faded from sun exposure. What is the best way to fix this? Paint (what kind) or wet sand it down ?
  2. Pete S.

    Pete S. Bronze Level Sponsor

    Automotive body paint works well. I sanded, then primed mine with PPG DP90LF. Deltron single stage gloss black made it look better than new.
  3. davida4speed

    davida4speed Silver Level Sponsor

    Thanks for your input

  4. puff4

    puff4 Gold Level Sponsor

    I rubbed mine down with 0000 (very fine) steel wool and then used black shoe polish. Sounds crazy, but it worked great.
  5. volvoguys

    volvoguys Donation Time

    I agree with Kevin to use super fine paper or steel wool but, instead, I use Feebings Leather Dye.
  6. davida4speed

    davida4speed Silver Level Sponsor

    Thanks for your suggestion.Is the color staying without fade?
  7. davida4speed

    davida4speed Silver Level Sponsor

    Thanks for your idea. Do you have to touch it up from time to time?
  8. puff4

    puff4 Gold Level Sponsor

    Yeah, it still looks great, and I’ve owned the car for over 37 years.
  9. Alpine 1789

    Alpine 1789 SAOCA President Platinum Level Sponsor

    I'm another one with shoe polish on my cover. I 'painted' it with India ink first, which soaks into the sanded bakelite and brings back the black after sanding. But, it leaves a flat finish and the black shoe polish does a nice job bringing back the shine, with a little buffing. As for touch up, the only tine I have needed to touch it up is if I get Windex on it washing the inside of the windshield. But touchup only takes a second.
  10. Pete S.

    Pete S. Bronze Level Sponsor

    Best of luck to you!
  11. Warren

    Warren Silver Level Sponsor

    Nice, used some shoe polish the other day on a period suitcase for the parcel shelf. Like the India ink idea too. Possibly a light satin clear coat would protect from the window cleaner.
  12. jdoclogan

    jdoclogan Platinum Level Sponsor

    I spent several months in Ghana West Africa working with the University of Cape Coast. Shoe polish was the go to coating for all wood carvings. Brought out the grain and gave each piece a wonderful shine. I still have the 25 year old pieces with the same sheen. That being said, I have used my wheel polisher as if I'm doing a plastic lens. Worked great. Caveat, it took many years to gain the "fine touch" technique and is not suggested for the beginner. Catching the shroud with the wheel will most likely end in a disappointing day. Or pressing to hard will burn the material and leave an unsightly mark.
  13. Pete S.

    Pete S. Bronze Level Sponsor

    LOL! Great advice. Also admire that Harrington.
  14. Limey

    Limey Diamond Level Sponsor

    I like the idea of leather dye. I used Bakelite (polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride :rolleyes:) polish that you can by from radio restorers. Ans I agree with a good soaking in real India ink. Then wipe with coats of India ink allow to dry and polish. repeat until blacker than black. Final shine up with old school black wax boot polish.

    Spray doesn't look right and eventually degrades.

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