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Old 05-11-2021, 12:16 AM
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I have a 72 camaro with standard black seat belts. I had them restored. When I got them back I was surprised that they painted the plastic parts of the receptacles . Is that the usual way they are typically restored? I could tell immediately they were painted. They are more of a flat or at the most a medium like 60% gloss. I would appreciate any advice . They did say they would take them back and replace them with non restored buckles. They said they have been doing it that way for 30 years. Thank you

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No,they were not painted originally,they were molded in that color plastic.
I've seen others paint them,(Don Krebs & Ssnake-oyl) and know what you speak.You can tell they've been painted a mile away.
Maybe you can scotchbrite the paint off,and then polish out the luster of your original plastic.
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Charlie Santorelli, aka Seatbelt Sity, did my original belts for me. That's NOT paint.

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I use a buffing wheel on the plastic covers to bring back some sheen.
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I used the Novus 3 step polishing liquid on mine, and they turned out perfect. For the belts, I used TSP. They looked pretty bad, so my plan was to clean them, and then dye using RIT, but after 2-3 wash-rinse cycles with TSP, they looked brand new, no need to dye them.

Labels looked terrible, so I bought repro ones from KevinW, and sewed them on.
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I sent mine out to Charlie Santorelli too, Seatbelt Sity. Great guy to work with and did a wonderful job on my deluxe 67 belts.
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I would not be happy if I sent mine out for restoration and they came back painted
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Anyone painting plastic buckles and calling it restored is total.
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