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What do you use on your chrome wing mirrors to clean them

Discussion in 'Detailing - Sponsored by Slim's Detailing' started by drfeelgood, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. drfeelgood
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    [Jul 8, 2010]
    Maybe simple chrome cleaner is to be used, but just checking before i use some autoglym chrome polish and end up takeing the finish off lol
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    Werkstat prime would work extremely well matey.
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    Cleaning Methodology
    • Thoroughly rinse surface to remove any loose surface dirt or dust.
    • Wash the surface with a d-Limonene-based (citrus) APC cleaner (P21S® Total Auto Wash)
    • Use a cleaner (Simichrome or Klasse All-In-One) to remove any surface blemishes
    • Use a mild polish (P21S® Multi-Surface Finish Restorer) to prevent re-oxidation and provide a water-resistant coating and restore lustre to the chrome
    • To restore chrome that is pitted or has rust spots, remove with #0000 synthetic bronze wool and /or a metal polish (Auto Wenol Blue, or use Red for chrome restoration)
    • Finally apply a polymer sealant (Zoopseal) to provide lasting protection

    Due to the softness of the metallic plating it is very easy to induce a swirl marks to the finish so use straight-line motions only. Use a soft brush to remove any dried polish from seams or folds. For both chrome and highly polished aluminum, use a mildly abrasive metal polish (Iz™ Einszett Metal Polish or Groit's Chrome Polish).
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    Thats a very comprehensive write up mate, but i doubt very much they will actually be metal, just chrome coloured plastic (i will stand corrected if i'm wrong). In which case, your method would not do them much good at all.
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    1animal1 The Clar!! it mouves!!! VCDS Map User

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    Rowdy, my 8L S3 mirrors are definately not plastic..... which i think are the ones being referred to ;)
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    I always answer on the assumption that the person who asks the question knows what the material is or what the surface finish is. If you cannot answer such a fundamental question you should not even attempt to clean it
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    my ones are solid chrome, you can feel the weight and denisty, i used some auto glym chrome cleaner, came up quite nice
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    theres no such thing as solid chrome, chrome is an electro plated finish less then .5mm thick. i think if it is the same as mine.......they are polished aluminium
    regards dave
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