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67 Hubcaps, Ss Or Chrome Plated?

Discussion in 'Early Jeep Restoration and Research' started by ANTHONY DRANE, Apr 21, 2024.

  1. Apr 21, 2024
    ANTHONY DRANE

    ANTHONY DRANE New Member

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    I have 6 of the Kaiser hubcaps, a couple are nice-ish. Most have dings. I've restored SS trim to new condition by slowly working it with small hammers, a homemade dolly, fine files, sandpaper and a polish. These look like SS but there is some rust bleed on them but only where they were on a steel wheel. I'm good if they're SS but I can ruin them quick if they're plated steel. Any insights? thanks.
     
  2. Apr 22, 2024
    amboynut

    amboynut Member

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    Try a magnet. Some SS alloys will hold a magnet, others not. So if a magnet won't stick it's SS. If it will stick it could be either.
     
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  3. Apr 22, 2024
    Howard Eisenhauer

    Howard Eisenhauer Administrator Staff Member

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    Do a little polishing on the back side where it won't show & see what happens.
     
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  4. Apr 22, 2024
    Keys5a

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    I’ll say the dogdish hubcaps and full turbine/Tux hubcaps are stainless. I’m 99% sure.
    I’ve worked moderate dents out of the dogdish hubcaps years ago, but they were so thin, plus the metal stretched with the original dents, so I could never get them very good. The most effective way I used was with old-school “body spoons” where you slap the metal, helping it shrink.the metal back. I also used hardwood shaped dowels to push the dents out. I’ve had fair success, but when polished, the still didn’t look very good; very wavy. They will polish like chrome with the right compond.
    Good Luck -Donny
     
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  5. Apr 22, 2024
    ANTHONY DRANE

    ANTHONY DRANE New Member

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    Thanks. They look like SS. I bought a shrinking wheel kit from a metal guru a few years back and it works great. There were 2 sizes, I've only used the larger of the two. The smaller will fit on a right angle grinder. If you can pop the dent out and get it high, you can bring it back with these discs. I didn't want to try it if they were plated though. This will make a fun project this winter.
     
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