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Optional skid plate polishing.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by jdmdcfan, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. Jun 11, 2011 at 12:14 AM
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    My optional skid plate is showing some signs of fading. It's pretty much brand new but what can I do. I was thinking about polishing it to mirror or near mirror finish. Do you guys have any idea how to take off the anodized coating? I've heard oven cleaner will take it off. need first hand experience.

    I'll post pictures when I'm done I promise.
     
  2. Jun 11, 2011 at 12:34 AM
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    I thought about the rattle can route but I hate the whole blacked out/plasti dip fad. I don't do any major off roading. Just fishing, road trips, camping and the usual hauling stuff around town. Aluminum doesn't rust btw. It corrodes a little over time but it's an easy fix.
     
  3. Jun 11, 2011 at 12:50 AM
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    Yeah I'm aware the skid plate is useless and only for looks. Painting it black seems redundant because it's for looks to begin with. Maybe aircraft stripper will take off the top coat.
     
  4. Jun 11, 2011 at 1:02 AM
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    Cool. Was it as simple as spray and wipe?
     
  5. Jun 11, 2011 at 4:21 PM
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    Gonna try the oven cleaner. i will post pictures.
     
  6. Jun 12, 2011 at 12:07 AM
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    Yes I am aware it's just for looks and I don't like the black painted look. It reminds me of the plasti-dip fad. :puke: So my other option would be to strip the anodized layer and depending on how the bare metal looks, I will polish it and seal it. Aluminum holds up better to the elements than most other metals, so I think it should be fine.
     
  7. Jun 12, 2011 at 12:18 AM
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    Lol those where the days. I used to ride a specialized.

    BTW your signature. When I bought my skid plate from toyota it came with the black brackets already assembled and 2 bolts I believe. The 2 open ended slots at the bottom are bolted down with hardware already bolting down the real steel skip plate under the chasis.
     
  8. Jun 12, 2011 at 12:38 AM
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    Sure. I'll take pictures tomorrow.
     
  9. Aug 27, 2011 at 7:25 PM
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    Where are those pics!!!??? :)
     
  10. Aug 28, 2011 at 12:28 AM
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    Well oven cleaner didn't faze the anodized layer, so I put an electric sander to it and sanded it to bare metal. Look really good. I'll post pictures when I have a decent camera.
     
  11. Aug 28, 2011 at 4:06 AM
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    Interested in seeing it polished... I have a chrome grill and it may look nice polished to match.
     
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