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  • Denim / Levis Button Restoration

    Hello. I'm working on restoring the denim interior for my 79 Golden Eagle Cherokee and have a question about the Denim seat buttons. I have the 79 style buttons that do not say Levis Strauss. I've begun to clean them and remove the corrosion in preparation to have them installed on recovered seats using NOS tan fabric.

    My question is, how clean / polished copper color were these when new? Did anyone on here get to see them new back in the 70's? Did they come from the factory with some oxidation or did they shine like a new penny?

    I've seen restoration photos using them both polished and untouched, being a dark oxidized brown, but I was curious how they came new.
    '78 Cherokee "S" 2-Door N/T
    '79 Cherokee W/T Golden Eagle
    '04 Mustang V6 daily driver
    '66 Mustang Coupe

  • #2
    My recollection is they were bronze colored and not shiny. Even with some very dark areas around the lettering.
    Jim C
    '67 J3000 Dually
    '86 J20
    '79 CJ5(in pieces)
    '86 CJ7 Doesn't need anything(so why do I have it?)
    Correction- it just needed a water pump!


    • #3
      New ones are now available at BJsoffroad, both styles. I am looking forward to using them.
      '83 j10 pioneer 258/t5/208...gone
      '81 j10 sportside 258/t176/208
      '76 j10 shortbed 360/th400/QT
      '81 j10 sportside 258/tf999/208
      '74 j10 shortbed ...gone


      • #4
        All the pictures from the factory literature show them as dark brown, not shiny.
        '78 Cherokee S Levi's 4-Door (SOLD)
        '84 J10 Shortbed
        '83 Cherokee Chief WT (SOLD)
        '82 J10 Sportside Honcho
        '82 CJ-8 Scrambler
        '77 CJ-5 Renegade
        Member, FSJ Prissy Restoration Association


        • #5
          I have a buddy that does metal fabrication. He's got a fairly wide selection of ways to chemically finish both steel and copper based alloys. Its possible to put a nice copper finish onto steel then darken it.
          '85 Grand Wagoneer
          360 727auto, NP229
          body by beer (PO)
          carries wood inside
          no "wood" outside
          My other car is a fish