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Polish my shift knob (clean)

Discussion in '456/550/575' started by Knightowl, Jun 25, 2020.

  1. Knightowl

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    Aug 11, 2019
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    Christopher Lee
    Has anyone every tried to refinish a shift knob or similar part? Mine has a ton of scratches and I'm curious if there is a way to polish it or refinish it so it looks new again.
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  2. tazandjan

    tazandjan Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Has been done with the 3 pedal knobs/balls so no reason it will not work on yours.
     
  3. Knightowl

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    Any leads on where I might take it to get that done?
     
  4. tazandjan

    tazandjan Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Any machine shop can use a buffing wheel and compound to make it shine. Good idea to clear coat afterwards. Or you can use a drill with a buffing wheel and a compound stick yourself. Not hard to do at all.
     
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  6. hwyman

    hwyman Karting

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    It has a clear coat that comes of in patches and looks like crap. I sanded off lightly with a 600 grit then used compound to polish it to a mirror shine
     
  7. 456M GTA

    456M GTA Karting

    hwyman, is spot on judging by the photo - likely the clear coat - I also have a is a patch on my own gear shift which is hard to stop picking at!!
     
  8. ixlr8

    ixlr8 Karting

    Aug 24, 2015
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    The clear coat on mine is coming off in chunks, but the knob is also scratched up like a previous owner was wearing rings on their right hand. It is going to take some sanding/buffing to clean up the mess I have. Might be easier to just replace it with new.
     
  9. brogenville

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    I’ve done several gear knob refurbs. Top tip is to get an M10 bolt (I think- need to confirm), then mount the bolt in a drill press, and use the spinning drill to do most of the buffing work. Start with a coarse compound to cut the lacquer off, then when it’s away start going finer. I used a DA polisher on the knob with it spinning in the drill at the same time to get the final mirror finish.


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  10. hwyman

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    Thats what I did too, mounted it in a drill
     
  11. 308 GTB

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    I didn't know these shift knobs came in a highly-polished mirror finish. Both my F355 Challenge and 550's shift knobs are a satin anodized finish...


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