A quick way to make your Hood and Rear Hatch Struts look like new.
Things you need:
- Sand Paper: grit 320-400-800-1000 and 1500
- Wire Wheel (optional for the 320)
- Assistant/Extra set of hands (Not necessary but definitely helpful when lifting heavy hatch/hood)
- Clear Coat spray paint or
- a can of Fluid Film
Expect Approx. 1 hour per strut
- Remove the strut: On the ball & socket joint that attaches to the actual hood/hatch you’ll see a small slit in the socket where you’ll insert a flat-head screwdriver in place to pop the socket off the ball. Remove the old strut now and have your assistant slowly lower the hood/hatch.
- Clean the black paint off with 320 grit sand paper or a wire wheel.
- Then sand the bare metal with 400 grit…then 800…then 1000…then 1500… wet sanding worked the best once you’re to the 800.
- After that polish with a quality metal polish of your choice (if you have a bench grinder use it with a polishing wheel) or dremel tool.
- Reinstall is reverse of removal.
- Consider finishing off with a coat or two of clear coat, or Fluid Film to avoid any rusting/oxidation to the now exposed metal.
Now stand back and enjoy your new polished struts!