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Old 06-11-2011, 04:22 PM   #1
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Default My "new" burl wood: disgusting befores and beautiful afters

Tools used:

-HD UNO
-sand paper
-HD TOTAL
-tooth brushes
-screw drivers
-patience

I went to Pick Your Part this morning "just because." I found a 91-93 LS that was really torn apart, but it surprisingly had relatively uncracked burl wood. I paid $7 for it (sans ashtray, cigarette lighter, and felt tray) and out the door I went.

Here are some befores of how gross this thing was. To give you an idea of how bad it was, I had to look at it closely to make sure it wasn't 91-93 L plastiwood. Every time I removed dirt from it, it wreaked of junk yard. My good camera is dead and this camera hates taking indoor pictures, so some are blurry:









This small crack ended up being one of the biggest blemishes:



At this point, I was honestly debating whether or not it was savable based on its condition. I thought it was just horribly dirty (which it was. I didn't even bother taking the felt piece because I knew it was a lost cause with the amount of dirt/oil/whatever in it.), but it turns out it was also extremely faded and scratched.



Afters.











Not too bad for 19 year old wood, give or take a year.
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Very nice and good job. I have to do same with my burlwood.
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Next time you see a felt tray take it and sell it to me.. I got a plan and need one to sacrifice. BTW a good brushing and air spraying from compressed air and or some SEM could restore any felt tray.. That burlwood looks great.. Good catch.
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Very nice and good job. I have to do same with my burlwood.
Thanks! If you need to wet sand it, prepare to take at least an hour to get it nearly perfect by hand.

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Next time you see a felt tray take it and sell it to me.. I got a plan and need one to sacrifice. BTW a good brushing and air spraying from compressed air and or some SEM could restore any felt tray.. That burlwood looks great.. Good catch.
Do you guys not have a lot of trays in your yards? because I find several per trip. And thanks! I'm excited to have found this burl wood.
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Tools used:

-HD UNO
-sand paper
-HD TOTAL
-tooth brushes
-screw drivers
-patience

Not too bad for 19 year old wood, give or take a year.
What are the HD products that you used? What do they do?

I assume you didn't strip the clear coat, just did some clean up and then buff work.

Patience is a necessity when doing a complete strip off, stain and then poly coat spraying.

You did a great job with your console.
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What are the HD products that you used? What do they do?

I assume you didn't strip the clear coat, just did some clean up and then buff work.

Patience is a necessity when doing a complete strip off, stain and then poly coat spraying.

You did a great job with your console.
Nope, it's still the original clear coat. HD TOTAL is basically a kicked up degreaser that is safe for all surfaces in or on a car. HD UNO is a weird polish that starts out as a fairly heavy compound and breaks into a very fine polish. It can't finish out Honda paint very nicely, but it works great on GM paint and burl wood. Thanks!
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Holyyyyyyyy... that was just restoring the original clear!?

I need to do this.... If I had the patience XD
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I need to do this.... If I had the patience XD
Yep! Do ittt!
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