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Chrome Window Surrounds

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by the_wire, Aug 19, 2011.

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    [Aug 19, 2011]
    I gave my chrome window surrounds a good clean the other day, but have noticed this:

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    It's almost like they've got water on them that's dried and left a water mark, and I can't seem to get rid of it.
    I've tried some generic 'metal/chrome/metal effect' cleaner, but this doesn't seem to have made any difference.
    The pics above are what the chrome is like after cleaning and polishing.

    Any ideas how I can get rid of these marks?
    Cheers.
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    A very common problem.

    In some cases, a good quality metal polish will resolve it, in some cases, it goes beyond repair even working with a Dremel-type machine and quite an aggressive metal polish.

    I recommend using Raceglaze Alutech: Raceglaze Alutech Metal Polish | Raceglaze Car Care & Detailing Products with a Light Cut Hand Pad, cut into chunks to make it more manageable. Lake Country Light Cut Hand Pad | Heavyweight Hand Polishing Pad

    If this doesn't resolve it, I'd either try to live with it, or look at renewing it.

    In many cases, this combination has worked well though. Alutech has a combination of solvent cleaners and diminishing abrasives so is quite powerful.
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    [Aug 19, 2011]
    Cheers, thanks for the advice.

    What's the Alutech like if you (accidentally) get it on the paint? These chrome strips are butt right up against the paint on the doors, rear pillars, front pillars and roof, and I found it difficult, if not impossible, to keep the generic stuff I used actually on the chrome.

    Replacing them isn't really an option - IIRC they're riveted into the doors/bodywork, and require an almost full strip down of the doors and the rear quarters; so replacement isn't an option I'm afraid.

    Cheers for the reply and advice though, much appreciated.:icon_thumright:
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    [Aug 19, 2011]
    I've had a couple of customers locally who've replaced them but I don't know the process they undertook to replace. They 'might' be covered under the Audi 12year bodywork warranty?

    Try to keep Alutech off painted metal: working with a cut-down hand pad you should be able to avoid the paint but a roll of this will be your friend: 3M High Performance Masking Tape | 3M Car Care & Detailing Products

    :)
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    [Aug 19, 2011]
    i have the same problem, as do many others. Replacing all the trim requires smashing the rear window and costs. I have been thinking about wrapping mine in black vinyl to make it look like the black optics kit.
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    Yeah, the rear quater light needs to be smashed to get the trim off.

    I'm not prepared to go down the road of smashing glass just to get these bits of trim looking good, but trimming them in black vinyl wrap might be an option if the stuff recommended above doesn't work.

    If you do yours, could you post up some pics and let us know how you get on? I'd be very interested in the results, any experience you'd have to share etc.

    Or if you get it done by a pro/fitter etc, then could you let us know who you used, any experiences good/bad etd. Like I said, very interested in this option.
    Cheers.

    I'm going to try some of that stuff recommended previously first, then if that doesn't work, I'll try some of the Werkstat. TBH tho, they all appear to be very similar stuff, so if one doesn't work then I'm not optimistic about the other working either.

    I think that if the cleaners don't work, then the vinyl wrap option is a valid alternative. Have to see how much this costs though....
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    [Aug 22, 2011]
    I have the same problem but worse..... I have all the new trim sat in my dining room waiting to be fitted but no one seems to know how :shrug:

    Mines just the window trim, I don't have trim around my rear lights so no smashing required, thankfully.....


    A guy at a windscreen company say's he can fit the trim, Im in two minds but he should know how to strip the door down etc like if he was replacing a side window?
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    Quarter light, not rear light
    When they say quarter light, they mean the small window at the back, behind the door. Not actually the rear lights.
    I haven't got one of these cars, I was just reading the thread, but from the sound of it, you have to smash the actual rear quarter light glass to be able to change the trim.
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    [Aug 22, 2011]
    A guy on here said he un-clipped his.....

    I wouldn't think Audi or any other car manufacture would design something where you have to smash a window to replace trim?

    The guy did mention cutting the rubber seal out but no mention of smashing the window.....

    I'll let you's know when I get mine fitted.
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    [Aug 22, 2011]
    Werkstat and Klasse/Carlack are different products. There is a myth on some of the forums that they are the same but we have written evidence from Werkstat that this is not the case; the products are different.


    Werkstat is a powerful chemical cleaner but Raceglaze Alutech is much stronger as it has both chemcial cleaners and abrasives. If Alutech doesn't work, there's no way Werkstat will.

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    Cheers for the info John, helpful as always.:icon_thumright:

    BTW, I placed an order for the stuff you recommended in this thread. Cheers.
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    It might be a load of tosh, but Carlack themselves claim that the Werkstat stuff is an older version of Carlack 68 NSC. They say that the Carlack used to be the same as Werkstat, but they've made the Carlack more advanced now. Like I say, it's only them saying this, so it might just be marketing talk. I'm definitely not an expert in this, I'm just going by what I've read.

    I've tried both Carlack and the Werkstat Prime and there is one thing that is the same, neither of them did anything on my rails :p
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    [Aug 24, 2011]
    My wifes 06 s-line a4 avant has this problem around the window trims its pretty bad. I have tried various products to shift the staining to no avail. Have given up lol...... was thinking of spraying them black or wrapping sounds good too i just hate looking at it.... spoils the car
    Anybody priced up the trim parts?
    I ve noticed a few vw's and audi's of similar age with the chrome trim fault its like the staining is in the chrome layer by polishing etc you are only polishing the clear plastic outer layer .....fake chrome trim at its best
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    [Aug 24, 2011]
    I got the trim from a VAG part specialist for £240....... I looked into the wrapping but I like the chrome, I think it adds something to the car plus I want to keep this car totally standard so......

    I've been told to keep any harsh products away from the new trim and to dry it properly after washing and apply a sealant to protect it so hopefully it'll fine.
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    Just to add..... I first tried Audi for the trim and they quoted me £350 plus the VAT :puke:

    Yet you go to a VAG part specialist and get them for £240....... You've gotta love Audi dealers :undwech:
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    [Aug 24, 2011]
    is it not possible to get a chrome vinyl wrap? just a thought. Andy.
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    [Aug 24, 2011]
    I've decided to leave mine as they are.... The new trim I have is up for sale on the classifieds on here........ The rear small windows do not have to be smashed to fit the surrounds, they simply clip off/on. I saw it done today but still I've decided to sell them and leave my car as it is.

    Might be getting a new car so no point in spending a fortune on trim is there :blush:
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    They get like this because the stuff car washes use are not properly diluted like tfr thats what causes them strong wrongly dilute wash products!
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