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12/21/10 5:45pm - Original Message: '72 rocker panels'
Jerry1972LT1
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Sun Lakes, AZ - USA

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1972 LT1 coupe w/ac; 2003 conv anniverary edition

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 I would like to improve the the appearance of the rocker panels on my 72. They have some minor blemishes and scratches. They are original to the car and I would like to keep them, but they do need some work and possibly re-anodized.

Is it possible to remove the scratches and if I have them re-anodized well I have a problem matching the original finish and color?
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12/21/10 7:28pm - Reply: '72 rocker panels'
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Sykesville, MD - USA

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1979 Corvette Coupe Corvette Light Blue Midnight Blue interior Mirrored Glass T-tops

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It depends on how deep the scratches are. On my 79, I stripped the paint off (most of the panel on a 79 is painted) and then went over it with steel wool. After that I metal polished the dickens out of them. They turned out pretty well, but I left them all natural. hth.
 
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12/21/10 7:29pm - Reply: '72 rocker panels'
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Frederick, MD - USA

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Frederick County Corvette Club (Maryland) Tan 64 365 Hp Conv 4 sp Red 72 4 sp Conv ..running a '68 327 Blue 76 Coupe L 48 4 sp White 79 Coupe L 82 auto Silver 98 Conv, 6 sp 35th Anniv '88 vette

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Tough question....

To be honest I'd just order a new after market pair.(they are NOT expensive) ... BUT keep the originals stored ....

Original vs repro trim rings however is a much more difficult decision the originals stand out and will be noted by the guys who know...

OPPS...Welcome to these forums...  let me guess your turn signals/running lights  have a clear bulb under a yellow face plate...wheras the 71 had a yellow bulb under a clear face plate...and the 70 and a clear bulb under a clear face plate...   abot the only difference between these cars LOL

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12/21/10 7:58pm - Reply: '72 rocker panels'
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Red Lion, PA - USA

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1974 White 350 Corvette, TH400 Automatic 1972 Tangerine /Go Mango Convertible 383 Stroker, 2004r Automatic

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I just mounted my aftermarket ones for my 72. I can tell you that the aftermarket ones were not 100% exactly as the originals as far as fitbut I did get them mounted up and in pretty good placement. As for polishing them I cant answer, I know I couldnt have polished mine since the previous owner had to be bubba and he used an orbital sander on them when he painted the car!
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12/21/10 8:52pm - Reply: '72 rocker panels'
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Leavenworth, KS - USA

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MM Red 1971 T-top,LS5,4-speed, black leather C5 seats, Hooker sidepipes. Previous: 64 Coupe, 65 Roadster L76 / N14

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Bob -- FYI, late model '71s also had a clear bulb under an amber lense.  Mine is almost the end of the production run and has the '72 setup.  I've seen others as well. Mike

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12/22/10 9:19am - Reply: '72 rocker panels'
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Equinunk, PA - USA

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1972 conv, 4-speed, 350, 200hp, numbers match, rally wheels, war bonnett yellow w/white top. good condition, nice driver.

Joined: 10/31/2007
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 The "SHOP" site above has some listed in the e-bay parts list. I bought some a while back that were O.E.M. and look real nice. They were used , but good enough for me.   Mark

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12/22/10 11:13am - Reply: '72 rocker panels'
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Dorr, MI - USA

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71 Colonnade Hardtop Coupe Torch Red with black interior originally L48 built to push around 360hp

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I had the same situation with my 71 Jerry. Aluminum is so soft that its impossible to work out the small dents. As for the scratches I tried a lot of different polishes and wool but it just left more scratches. I ordered a pair of aftermarket and they were brushed alum. not even close to looking original. I sent them back to Corvette Central and paid the big buck for the better ones. You can tell the difference between OE and the others, but they still look nice. 

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12/22/10 2:47pm - Reply: '72 rocker panels'
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HOWELL, NJ - USA

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1979, Targa Blue (72 Color), Pace Car rear spoiler, L88 hood, Dark blue factory interior, 525HP 406, HD 700R4, 370 gears,Steeroids, composite rear spring, TT IIs wrapped in T/A Radials.

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I bought a set off of ebay - great prices - repro but awesome!!  And I sold my old set for $75!! Thumbs Up

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12/23/10 1:23pm - Reply: '72 rocker panels'
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Mounds View, MN - USA

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70 LT1 coupe, 69 350 HP coupe, 69 390HP 427 coupe, 71 LS5 convert, 85 coupe, 93 coupe

Joined: 5/24/2007
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Right now, there is a long wait for the good ones, and they aren't really good.  But there are services that can work miracles on used ones.  Aluminum is pretty workable.  Pretty deep scratches can be sanded and buffed, and about any dent can be pounded out.  I screw them to the bench top and use a buffer on a die grinder to buff them without throwing them across the room.

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