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Old 13th-April-2019, 12:22 AM   #1
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Refurbishing ornamental louvers

The ornamental louvers for my nova are very faded. If I understand correctly the "fin" pieces are supposed to be flat black except all the outer edges of the fins are chrome. Does that sound right?

If so I'm thinking I'll spray them flat black, then sand the paint off the edges of the fins after drying.

How does that sound?
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They are painted body color and the rear edges are chrome. Mask the edges and paint them or wipe the edges with a rag dipped in lacquer thinner after spraying, don't sand the paint from the chrome after drying, that will scratch the chrome.
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The ornamental louvers for my nova are very faded. If I understand correctly the "fin" pieces are supposed to be flat black except all the outer edges of the fins are chrome. Does that sound right?

If so I'm thinking I'll spray them flat black, then sand the paint off the edges of the fins after drying.

How does that sound?
Are you referring to the simulated SS hood vents, or the side louvers on the front fenders?

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Yes, yes. The ones on the hood. Forgot all about the gills. Threw me off when CEW mentioned painting them the body color
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Yes, yes. The ones on the hood. Forgot all about the gills. Threw me off when CEW mentioned painting them the body color
I thought that's what you were referring to.

What's faded? The black paint? The chrome fins? Both? This could be a labor intensive job, because there are at least 20 closely spaced chrome fins on each vent. I'd try to clean the vents up before taking on a re-paint that involves sanding the chrome fins.

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The black is very faded. I can't think of a way to tape off the edges of the fins and still get the paint down the channels. Maybe instead of sanding I could use paint thinner cautiously on the edges after painting?
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The black is very faded. I can't think of a way to tape off the edges of the fins and still get the paint down the channels. Maybe instead of sanding I could use paint thinner cautiously on the edges after painting?
Aahh, the hood vents, yeah those are very easy....clean with dish soap and scrub brush, dry thoroughly, spray everything with satin black or flat black, and either: wipe tops of fins while paint is still tacky with rag dampened with lacquer thinner - or - after paint dries, scrub the the fin tops with #0000 steel wool.

If you go the thinner/rag route, make sure the rag is not "loosely" rubbed across the fins as this will cause the rag to go between the fins. You want the rag to be tight around your fingers and just rub the tops of the fins and be sure to turn the rag often to keep using a "clean" section of the rag. After paint completely dries, you can follow up with #0000 steel wool to polish any residue from the fin tops.

Either method works well. I personally like the steel wool method on dry paint as the thinner method requires wrapping the damp rag around my fingers and I really don't care to have the thinner soaking in my skin.
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Nice! This sounds like a plan. I appreciate the input.
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i dont know it this is an idea that will help you. my brother wanted some thin black strips on his truck capper. a local sign comp cut black strips the exact width he wanted. installed they look good.
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