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Chrome window trim fading?

Discussion in 'A4/A4 cabriolet/S4 forum(B6 chassis)' started by The911SC, May 12, 2005.

  1. The911SC
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    [May 12, 2005]
    Got my S4 today and the chrome trime around the windows (Which I didnt spec on my A4 !) is going kind of opaque and non shiny underneath the windows.
    Anyone else seen this. The car is March 04 so its not that old...
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    [May 12, 2005]
    Chrome naturally oxidizes, I have to polish mine at least once a year, usually after the first polish it shouldnt stain as quick
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    Thanks Mike; what do you use; I tried using swissol cleaner but it seems quite stained in places.
    Since this is plastic, I am guessing you cant use anything too abrhasive?
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    [May 12, 2005]
    My missus bought some car chrome cleaner by accident and I use that (car plan) which is creamy like car polish and doesnt scratch, then I go over it with MER car polish, works a treat M8!
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    [May 12, 2005]
    I had the same problem on my avant the dealer says it is because of car wash chemicals and very common. I purchased my car at 10 months old and two of the driver side strips were badly faded no amount of polishing helped -the previous owner had it washed at a local garage .Dealer replaced them under warranty now it only gets handwashed with autoglym car shampoo and no more problems. The door frame needs dismantled to replace the trims.
    good luck ivor
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    Thanks all,
    Think I will go the warranty route since I only just bought it and I have a good relationship with my dealership...
    Think that they may be a little bit beyond polishing
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    you have two nice cars there ! When i had mine replaced the dealership said they had problems transporting the aluminium strips safely and had rearranged dates for the work , check also that all the other trim is replaced neatly i had to go back not happy with the finished job - torn rubber door seal got good discount on the next service though .
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    I just bought an A4 S line 57 plate from Bolton Audi, for some reason i didnt notice the fading of window chrome at the time of purchase :keule:. Now the dealer says its not covered under the warranty, they have quoted me over a grand for replacement. if i want to.
    Not sure whats the best way to get it done, should i complaint?
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    mine are fading too. Anyone know how much the two front window trims will set me back?
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    [Apr 17, 2009]
    Have you tired "Autosol"? It's supposed to be quite good for this sort of thing.
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    [Apr 17, 2009]
    i havent tried any abrasive polish as the trims are plastic with chrome coating aren't they? I don't want to make them any worse by rubbing straight through the chrome as the coating alrady looks very thin
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    [Apr 17, 2009]
    hi . my a4 cab that i bought last week had water spots all over the crome trim so i bought some of this http://www.briliant.biz/moreinformation.asp?CategoryId=1&ProductId=5 and wow my crome trims are very clean. i taped up the paint work before i gave it a polish to protect the paint work. i will try and get some pics posted up. they also do alot more products
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