While waiting for the new transmission to show I’ve been brining some small parts back to life.
Vent screens, very expensive to replace, so worth putting some time onto. The metal screens themselves were rusted, the frames were badly oxidized, and of course, they were painted blue.
This is the paint stripper that I use, not the best, but far safer than aircraft stripper. Available at your local hardware store. Brush it on, let sit for a day or so, then scrape, wire brush, etc.
I use these stainless, soft brushes for cleaning the screens themselves. I get them from McMaster Carr. Once the screens are clean, gun site down their length and get any dents out, the mesh is steel and has a wonderful memory. Next up I polish the screen frames, they come out a bit too shiny, but when left out the alloy will dull down a bit.
Lastly, I tape off the polished frames and paint the cleaned up screens with Krylon Metallic Finish. I got this idea from the Barrington Motor Works BMW R60 Restoration manual. I used this on the hub plates of the ’68 R60/2, they come out looking like new metal, so, I now use on vent screens.
The starter button, also was covering in blue, and a whole lot of oil on the engine side. Degreased, paint stripper, Alumabrite, then polished.
The polished button.
Alumabrite, another Barrington Motor Works suggestion. Cleans up anything aluminum. The part has to be very clean, de-greased, and dry. This stuff is not so friendly to use, but does a wonderful job, wear gloves and eye protection, and practice on a couple of old parts first. If left on too long it will etch your aluminum permanently.
Pickup cab rear window latches. Same drill, paint stripped, Alumabrite, polish……..there’s a theme here.
The dip switch, same as above.
The original radiator, this was an entire days work. Of course it was blue, and then someone brushed on POR on top, so lots of paint stripper. I straightened out some fin damage from bug/rock hits, it will now go to my local radiator guy for a clean bill of health and a possible re-core.