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At Ol' School Garage, we not only understand your passion for custom and classic cars, we share it. Rest assured, entrusting Ol' School Garage to undertake your custom build or restoration you are in good hands.

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Bringing back the bling...

Leon Betts

Kieran polishes one of many pieces of stainless steel trim that comprise an EH Holden grill.

Kieran polishes one of many pieces of stainless steel trim that comprise an EH Holden grill.

Kieran wet sanding an EH grill trim piece. Finer grades of wet and dry sand paper are used resulting in a shiny finish even before heading to the polishing wheel.

Kieran wet sanding an EH grill trim piece. Finer grades of wet and dry sand paper are used resulting in a shiny finish even before heading to the polishing wheel.

Chrome and stainless steel trim are the hallmark of a classic car. So no restoration is complete until every piece is sparkling like new. Although damaged chrome parts have to be sent out to be re-chromed, Ol' School Garage recondition all stainless steel in-house. And what a time consuming job this is!

Years on the road can result in some very bad damage to stainless steel trim. This EH side trim is meant to end in a symmetrical point.

Years on the road can result in some very bad damage to stainless steel trim. This EH side trim is meant to end in a symmetrical point.

And this is what the trim piece looks like after Kieran did his magic. The owner has many hours and dollars invested in this one piece of trim...but he couldn't live with it like it was.

And this is what the trim piece looks like after Kieran did his magic. The owner has many hours and dollars invested in this one piece of trim...but he couldn't live with it like it was.

The first step in the process is the repairs i.e. straighten, remove dents and file down any high spots. Next comes the dry sanding...several grades of sand paper, getting finer as you go. This is followed by the wet sanding...again several grades. Then its over to the polishing wheel, followed by a hand wash in soapy water and a hand polish.

Here is some of the EH interior trim after polishing. The areas around the lettering with black paint before it is fitted for a factory finish.

Here is some of the EH interior trim after polishing. The areas around the lettering with black paint before it is fitted for a factory finish.

Test fitting the repaired trim is essential to ensure the profile fits the contour of the relevant panel. Finding this out after painting the car is a recipe for disaster!

Test fitting the repaired trim is essential to ensure the profile fits the contour of the relevant panel. Finding this out after painting the car is a recipe for disaster!

At an appropriate time during the steps above, the trim must be test fitted on the car. This essential process ensures the final shape of the trim matches the profile of the panel it will be fitted to. Assembling the freshly painted car is not a good time to find out trim doesn't fit!

Cheers Leon