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  • Metal Buffing & Polishing: Basics & How To

    Buffing is simply the process of smoothing high and low spots on a surface until it is perfectly smooth. Typically it is done with fabric wheels and abrasive compounds of various types. You progressively move from a very aggressive, to a less aggressive grit compound, and matching wheel, until you polish your piece to a near mirror finish.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • How to Quickly Restore the Shine on Your Brass Headlights

    I recently purchased a pile of antique lights and after going through the pile I found a few I liked for my own projects I decided to play with restoring a couple to resell and pass on to other collectors. I had a couple key things I wanted to accomplish with this project. I wanted to bring the "bling" back to the lights, without taking away from their "age". Most of these antique lights had brass headlight buckets and trim rings with either cast iron, steel or brass bases.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • How to Prepare Parts for Electroplating

    For any automotive restoration or decorative project, the most important step in the process is preparation. Electroplating is a process that is no exception to this rule. It is very important to make sure you prepare the objects correctly and thoroughly before you begin electroplating them. In fact, the actual electroplating procedure is really the last step in the entire process. Below, we have put together a tutorial on how to properly prepare your metal parts for electroplating.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • What is Buffing?

    Many people confuse polishing and buffing, and when you are working in the automotive industry, it is important to differentiate between the two terms. Polishing is a process that removes a moderate amount of metal from a metal piece using coarse to medium abrasives in stages. After polishing a piece of metal, the piece will have a “brushed” type of look, and you will not be able to see reflections in the metal. Polishing removes small scratches and minor surface imperfections. During an auto body restoration or repair project, polishing will come before buffing. If you run your fingernail over a scratch on a vehicle's surface and it gets caught on the scratch, the area should be polished before buffing. Polishing a piece of metal enough will ideally even out the surface nicely during repairs.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Blue Steel 32 Ford Roadster- AMBR Contender 2014

    Every year at SEMA there's always one car that is so over the top and amazingly clean that it blows us away. This year it was a custom 1932 Ford Roadster named "Blue Steel". Sure 32 Fords have been done a million times, but few take it so far that it's close to.. dare we say it... OCD clean? This 32 Ford definitely gives off the high-dollar, high-profile shop build. I was surprised when I got to talking to the guys responsible for the build that they weren't from a big name SOCAL shop, but rather a bunch of friends that built the car in a tractor repair shop over the past year.  Click Here To Read Full Post...