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    Default 504 door panel chrome strip repair

    My '74 504 has door panels that have always needed a bit of help, starting with the horizontal chrome strip that, while firmly attached to the panel, seems to be peeling and losing the chrome surface. After a long search I finally found some metalized polyester film tape on line from a place called The Tape Jungle. The silver product in 3/8" width is absolutely perect, very chrome -like, sticky back so no adhesive needed, just the right width, very easy to work with. It's a very thin (but very tough) film and will show surface abnormailites so you need to peel off the old stuff and prep the surface with fine fine steel wool. End result however is really nice. Unfortunately the stuff is not flexible and does not work well on the curved chrome strip on the door handles, at least I haven't figured out a way to make it go around curves without bunching. For the doors, however, its a cheap way to make them look like new.

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    Very interesting, thanks for sharing with us. Do you have any photos of the results?
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    Not sure what you mean by "the curved chrome strip on the doorhandles". In can't recall 504 doorhandles having a chrome strip - at least on Australian 504s. Got a pic?

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    Champion! i was just noticing last night that my chrome needed retouching!

    How bad is the bunching on the curves? Did you find one roll enough to do all of the chroming? I can't find a length on the website!

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    I think he's talking about the plastichrome strip on the door card and on the inside armrest/handle.
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    I have some spare panels off the car so i will try to post some before and after photos tonight. Not sure about the aussie 504 versions but here in the states the armrests have a plastic/chrome strip that starts out running horizontally then curves up vertically toward the door release - that's the curve that I haven't figured out how to navigate. One roll of the tape is I believe 72 feet, it's way more than you'd ever need and it was only $9 (plus shipping)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpieper View Post
    I have some spare panels off the car so i will try to post some before and after photos tonight. Not sure about the aussie 504 versions but here in the states the armrests have a plastic/chrome strip that starts out running horizontally then curves up vertically toward the door release - that's the curve that I haven't figured out how to navigate. One roll of the tape is I believe 72 feet, it's way more than you'd ever need and it was only $9 (plus shipping)
    Okay, thanks for the clarification. Same as Australian 504s. Those strips either peel off or go brown which is a real nuisance as they are so noticable.

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    OK, here's some images. First the offending door panel, this one isnt too bad but I hope you can see that the chrome finish is beginning to come loose from the strip at the bottom (fig 1). It was almost completely separated on the panels that are in my 504

    Peel off the chrome foil from the panel (easier the worse condition the panel is in) and you're left with flat grey plastic fig 2.

    Get your roll of 3/8" wide tape ready after you've cleaned the plastic surface and removed any gunk fig 3.

    On it goes, one continuous piece fig 4

    Looks identical to the original (left, fig 5) but without the creases/bubbling/fading. If you prepare the surface carefully the strip will look absolutely brand new, I'm really impressed with how close the match is.

    Does not work very well on curved strips such as on the door handles as the tape is not flexible and forms creases/wrinkles around the curves fig 6 - gonna work on this as i'm sure there is a way to get the tape to lay down smoothly

    If only replacing the water-damaged backing board were so easy!
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    For the armrests, you should be able to remove the entire strip (not just the chrome) and replace it with something else. In Australia, I'm sure I could get hold of a roll of chrome plastic strip with a self-adhesive backing. I've seen mention of it before. This is a job I plan to do to my 504s and will one day get around to it.

    Top job on the lower strip though, that looks great.


    Edit: ok, check this out on Ebay. This is what I'm talking about.

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Car-Grill...item19c83b0b5a
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    The one above is 4mm which is too narrow. I've just been outside to check my 504 and the armrest strip measures about 8mm wide. The following item is 7mm wide, 2.5mm thick and comes in a 3m roll for ONE DOLLAR. Postage to Australia is $2.39 so I'm going to get a roll and give it a try.

    7mm chrome strip
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    Ignore the previous post. I went and carefully checked the width of the strip again and it's 8mm. I also approximated the length needed to renew each armrest, it's about 65mm (for a front armrest). I decided I may as well buy enough for my two 504s and my brother's 504, so I ended up buying the following, 10m x 8mm.

    Chrome strip 10m x 8mm
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    The chrome stripping looks great, could be a great solution. Do have some concerns however about the flexibility issue as it will have to flex in all 3 dimensions to go on the armrest, not just be able to be wrapped in a coil. Let us know how this works out.

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    I've had a little experience with this stuff before and I'm pretty confident it will be fine. It might be a good idea to leave a length of it in the sun for a while to allow it to soften a little before fitting.
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    Any news on how well it worked, peujohn?
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    The stuff arrived, it fits well, it's flexible enough to bend both ways and it will look really good when it's fitted. I haven't applied myself enough to have a shot at fitting it properly but I'm sure it will work. I'm not sure the double-sided tape will be sticky enough - if it's not I'll rip it off and get some glue.

    Thanks for the reminder, I should have a crack at it.
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    I got my roll in the mail today. It looks good and fits well and as you say, the adhesive isn't strong enough to hold it through the bends. I'll give it a go with some gel grip tomorrow
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