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Old 06-28-2012, 04:49 PM   #1
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Chrome trim around windows

Just wondering what's the best thing to clean/ shine the trim. I noticed it's plastic and the chrome on it looks like it's turning white/oxidized. Will regular chrome polish fix this and will it not hurt the plastic?
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:05 PM   #2
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no, it's anodize aluminum. Best approach is to wax it to prevent it from further oxidizing. Orrr... if you are feeling dangerous you can go by these recommendations below. They are listed from costly to cheapest:

1) Buy brand new ones to replace
2) Take off your existing trims, sand off the anodize coat and redo it
3) Buy restoration kit which shaves off a thin anodized layer and use water-base sealer annually to prevent oxidation
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:56 PM   #3
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I have the same problem. Wax didn't do much for me.
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:20 PM   #4
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Please check the earlier threads about this. It's discussed every few weeks!
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Old 07-21-2012, 02:17 PM   #5
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claybar and detailer spray. cleans up most things. if its oxidized bad u need to sand it with a low grit 2000-3000 and polish it up

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