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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 12-10-2011, 06:54 PM   #1
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Outside chrome molding

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On my 04 330XI the chrome molding that surrounds the windows is very oxidized. Especially around the rear windows. I have tried different types of cleaners and polish. The same results it doesn't look good. Anybody have any luck with a product. I am told this is common with these cars.

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Old 12-10-2011, 07:13 PM   #2
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You can try Eagle One's Never-Dull wadding polish. Will work, but be careful not to get the cleaner/polish on any black or painted surfaces. Most auto parts stores carry it as well as WalMart.
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:27 PM   #3
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There's a bulletin that lists a product to help this situation. No time to look it up right now. I'll look up the bulletin tomorrow and report back.
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:47 PM   #4
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PlastiDip .....or wrap....tried all the stuff they selll...no bueno...doesnt last....plastidip time consuming but it does the job....also better to apply when 70 degrees or higher...smooth finish....

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I got some product that really didn't work, but the initial phase of the prep work was sanding with fine grit sandpaper...like 1500/2000. I just polished mine like the metal it is. I followed with flitz (filtz? Some metal polish) and now, just maintain it periodically with magic eraser.

Get the finest sandpapers you can get...and mask adjacent areas...not good on paint! Take your time, use long straight strokes. Work fine on grit as needed.

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You can also pick up a fine grit Scotch Brite Pad to clean the moulding followed with the Never-Dull. You will have to use the Never-Dull once a month or so to keep them looking good. You will definitely want to mask off the painted areas around the moulding (make the tape several layers thick). Scotch Brite Pads can be picked up at auto body supply places and a Grainger (we used them to polish tool steel, they are available in pads and "wheels" for die grinders, I recommend the pads for what you are doing. There are several "grits", you want the finest).
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Old 12-11-2011, 01:31 PM   #7
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There's a bulletin that lists a product to help this situation. No time to look it up right now. I'll look up the bulletin tomorrow and report back.
The bulletin (SIB 51 53 02) specifically describes discoloration of the glossy black shadowline trim. But I have used the same product on the chome trim.

The bulletin states that deposits that cause the discoloration can be easily removed by polishing with a quality swirl removing polish, such as Meguiars #9.

http://www.autogeek.net/meg9swirrem.html
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