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Old 09-03-2014, 05:03 PM
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Default Surface of Dash Panel and Glovebox door on 59

I have seen several photos of 58 and 59's that have a "polished" look to these surfaces. Mine has a "flat" silver surface. Just wondering if these I have seen were really 60's put in place, or were the others polished originals to 58 and 59? If these were polished originals, what was used to polish them?
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Old 09-03-2014, 05:41 PM
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All squarebird instrument panels, radio bezels and glove box doors had a flat finish from the factory. Some owners have removed the flat finish with polish to make them shinier.

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Old 09-03-2014, 08:51 PM
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Wow, I always thought that the grooves or lower areas of the dash panel, glove box etc., were painted with argent silver, or anodized, and the high spots or lines were the polished chrome. Hard to believe that Ford would chrome something and then paint it or put an anodized coating on it. Maybe the chrome was needed as a base for the final finish.
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Old 09-03-2014, 09:35 PM
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My feeling is that all the pieces were designed to be chromed but they later realized how much glare was generated and they then painted them to tone it down.

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Old 09-03-2014, 11:38 PM
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I think you just saved me some more money. ;-)
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Remember that only the center areas were painted and the outter edges were left chrome. If you need exactly what was painted you can refer to the current VTCI rules.

All three years were the same. Note the rules call for argent solver but I am still of the opinion the it was a matte finish clear coat oor maybe slightly tinted silver color.

No way to prove or disprove either theory except the entire pieces were chromed initially.

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I used silver argent wheel paint and had good results. Has anyone touched up the gold script on the glovebox door? What did you use?

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I decided to polish mine out with fine steel wool. I know it's not technically "correct", but I really like the result. I guess a paint stripper would have worked as well??
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I brought this topic up a while ago when I was painting the inside of my dash bezels and I came to the conclusion that it was "Argent Silver". The chrome instrument panel and glove box I got from eBay a while back was fully restored and had the correct paint on the fluted portions.

I have played with both rattle can paint (I think it was VHT wheel paint that was Argent Silver) and an airbrush to see which would give me the best results and, by far, the air brush method was the winner. I had much more control over the areas I was painting and it gave me the right amount of matte finish that I wanted (with lots of practice as I have never used an air brush before). I used an air brush with NOS Argent Silver model car paint and I loved the finish that the air brush gave me with this paint. Rattle can "Argent Silver" was too glossy for me (as tmjsong1aolcom stated) and It didn't match well with the chrome, in my opinion. It was also very messy and not uniform in the way the silver set in the part.

As for the script on the glove box: maybe someone on here knows of a way to remove it and install it back into place. That way you can paint it with gold and black (outline of the script is black). My "Thunderbird" script was removed and placed in a separate little bag and I since have never put it back because I'm not finished rebuilding my whole dash yet...that info would be helpful if anyone knows.


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Old 10-23-2014, 12:02 AM
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Do you have any pictures of the airbrushed dash or glovebox door? I used Dupli-Color argent silver wheel paint then topped it with matte finish clear coat to take some of the gloss off.
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