Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Central Florida
with not being there, I still think it may be polished brass
with the factory clear finish failing - and the brass oxidizing.
I would very carefully try to safely pry it off with different
spatula type tools as not to damage the wood.
if it is impossible to get a pry tool to work, see if you can drill
a hole in the back near the end of the brass strip so you can
push it out with a screwdriver or something.
if it is brass, you can remove the finish with a hot solvent
polish, new clear finish, and reinstall.
ask the missus to look at the gold foil tape in the auto store
and if she approves of that, just clean the existing and stick
on the gold foil tape and call it a day.
(if she doesn't want to go to the auto store, you go buy a roll.
save the receipt, if she doesn't like it, return it for a refund).
I am a painter: that's what I do, I like to paint things.
Last edited by John Smith_inFL; 04-09-2020 at 08:58 AM.