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Old 01-14-2019, 06:59 PM   #1
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'02 AllPro SRP STi
'06 V8 4runner/'03 S2000

Default ARC Radiator Shroud Restoration

I'm looking to fix the blemishes on my ARC radiator shroud.
My car caught fire but was saved and it left a couple things toasty under the hood.. Open to opinions on how to restore this back to its glory.
This is the stainless version of the shroud.

I've tried metal polish by hand and it didn't do much.


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Old 01-17-2019, 04:13 PM   #2
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2005 WRB STI


have you tried rouge on a wool wheel? Could use a wheel with a drill.
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Old 01-24-2019, 10:56 AM   #3
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2004 STI, Stock, 55K


Stainless is going to require a multi step process of buffing and polishing. Each step will remove the previous layer. Best is to buy a buffing and polishing kit that uses a drill, and multiple compounds. Doing by hand is really only used for something that just needs the last step to clean. With the unfortunate fire, you are at step 1.

Hope it works out for you, its a beauty when clean, and even dirty.
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Old 01-24-2019, 12:35 PM   #4
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Scotch rite pad and polishing compound like mother’s . I’d stick to doing delicate stuff like this by hand. I would only go power tools on finishing buff or cast aluminum stuff

Here’s a super rusty exhaust I restored. It’s not fire damage but you can see it’s rrally really badly burnt and rusted and I was able to almost completely restore it .


First it was mother’s and steel wool scrubbing by hand. Then mother’s and a powerball attachment on a drill to put the finishing polish on it
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