Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog How To Articles Tech Forums
Call Pelican Parts at 888-280-7799
Shopping Cart Cart | Project List | Order Status | Help




Go Back   PeachParts Mercedes-Benz Forum > Mercedes-Benz Tech Information and Support > Detailing and Interior

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-22-2006, 10:19 AM
scoodidabop's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 381
Chrome trim

How do I polish the chrome trim on my 300tdt?

It's in good shape, but looks very..... cloudy.



Thanks
Chris
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 05-24-2006, 12:25 AM
Hatterasguy's Avatar
Zero
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Milford, CT
Posts: 19,306
Most of it isn't chrome. Stuff like the grill is chrome, just replace that with a new one its pretty cheap. Bumpers are chrome as well, either replace to re chrome if you want them looking good.


Pretty much all the other trim is anodized aluminum. You can't really buff it on a wheel. You can make it look decent for a bit by using a clay bar, then a polish and then put a few coats of wax on it.

The only way to really make the trim look good is to replace it with new trim unfortunitly.
__________________
2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ
2007 Tiara 3200

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
-Thomas Jefferson
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-29-2006, 12:49 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 38
I recommend you use mothers chrome polish on the grill, and bumpers to give them a mirror like finish. But unfortunatly the trim around your windows, and windshield is shot unless you can find some way to grind off the clear coat and the oxidization without destroying the aluminum trim.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-10-2006, 01:54 AM
Strife's Avatar
General Purpose Geek
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: KY USA
Posts: 2,238
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hatterasguy
The only way to really make the trim look good is to replace it with new trim unfortunitly.
This isn't entirely true. I've had good luck as described on this thread:

"Chrome" Brightwork - Theories/Results

I'm pretty sure now, though, that original, new brightwork is coated with clear anodization; stone chips, etc scratch it and this is where the "blotches" start. After doing what I did, I'm careful to wax polished brightwork, because bare aluminum can actually oxidize in minutes. I think the wax can keep oxidation off indefinitely as long as it's there.
__________________
86 560SL
With homebrew first gear start!
85 380SL
Daily Driver Project

http://juliepalooza.8m.com/sl/mercedes.htm
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-13-2006, 04:09 PM
fz500sel's Avatar
Happy now in paradise!
 
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Venice, FL - "sharktooth capital of the world"
Posts: 712
2 words......"GREEN MAGIC"

Do a search here for "green magic" and you will see lots of info on it.
__________________
Frank
84 500SEL EURO 101K ( JUST LIKE MY 1ST WIFE. GLAD TO GET RID OF HER! )
85 300D 310K (sold)
90 350SDL 184K sold
83 300D 118K (sold)
88 300E 153k (sold)
93 400E 105K (sold)
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-13-2006, 10:10 PM
Dee8go's Avatar
Senor User
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Arlington, VA
Posts: 7,190
water spots

Is all of the above true for water spots, too? I have a fair bit of water spotting on my aluminum trim. How's that Green magic work on that? BTW what is a clay bar, Hatteras?
__________________
" The market, like the Lord, helps those who help themselves. But, unlike the Lord, the market does not forgive those who know not what they do."- Warren Buffett

OBK #55

1998 Lincoln Continental - Sold
Max 1984 300TD 285,000 miles - Sold
The Dee8gonator 1987 560SEC 196,000 miles - Sold
Orgasmatron - 2006 CLS500 90,000 miles
2002 C320 Wagon 122,000 miles
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-13-2006, 10:33 PM
Hatterasguy's Avatar
Zero
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Milford, CT
Posts: 19,306
If the anodizing is fadded I don't care what you put on it it can not be brought back. The anodizing needs to be stripped to remove the fadding.

A clay bar is a lump of clay that you rub on your paint to remove dirt. I use Clay Magic, it is an essential step for the perfect paint finish.
__________________
2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ
2007 Tiara 3200

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
-Thomas Jefferson
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-14-2006, 09:07 AM
fz500sel's Avatar
Happy now in paradise!
 
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Venice, FL - "sharktooth capital of the world"
Posts: 712
Green Magic...holy Crap!!!!!!!!
__________________
Frank
84 500SEL EURO 101K ( JUST LIKE MY 1ST WIFE. GLAD TO GET RID OF HER! )
85 300D 310K (sold)
90 350SDL 184K sold
83 300D 118K (sold)
88 300E 153k (sold)
93 400E 105K (sold)
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06-14-2006, 08:32 PM
Hatterasguy's Avatar
Zero
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Milford, CT
Posts: 19,306
Check post 11 and 13. The haze is still their I get similer results with a clay bar and a couple of coats fo wax.

Good yes, shiney as new, ehh not quite.
__________________
2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ
2007 Tiara 3200

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
-Thomas Jefferson
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 07-02-2006, 02:37 PM
Strife's Avatar
General Purpose Geek
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: KY USA
Posts: 2,238
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hatterasguy
If the anodizing is fadded I don't care what you put on it it can not be brought back. The anodizing needs to be stripped to remove the fadding.
This is certainly true, and no ordinary chemical that you could actually use while the trim/etc is on the car will remove it, period.

I recently got a windshield replaced on my SL, and I had earlier purchased the trim around it because it was shabby, and the glass installer put this in also. I asked him to be careful removing the old trim, and he was, although he could not preserve the "corners" (they got bent somewhat). Through various means (drano, fair, the cheapest drain cleaner at wal-mart, pretty good, aluminum jelly,completely worthless for this purpose), and lots of emery cloth and 320 grit sandpaper I removed the anodization and 20 years of stone chips. Then, I buffed then on a wheel and they actually look "too good" - they are more reflective than my new parts. It's like they were made of mercury or something.

Unless you have lots of time or are really broke, I don't recommend doing this. I did this partly as an experiment and partly to increase my spares inventory (the parts aren't getting any cheaper, and someday, they won't be available new at any price).

The trim is oxidizing while I am writing this, and admittedly, without that thin layer of anodization (very hard), they will probably scratch and dent much more easily (the good news being, that the scratches and dents can be removed more easily too). The right way to proceed would be to have the parts anodized, but I've read on another web site about this product (actually, a licencee of Boeing), Boeshield T-9, that will take care of the oxidation problem. I'm going to buy a can for all the engine parts I polished also. This is available on Amazon. On a "high-wear" part of my car like above the door, this would not be a viable option, but on the windshield trim, maybe.

According to the place I found this, a retired mechanical engineer claimed that the first wet weather will strip enough ordinary wax right off to make waxing aluminum ineffective (particularly on a plane going 550 MPH, heh heh).
__________________
86 560SL
With homebrew first gear start!
85 380SL
Daily Driver Project

http://juliepalooza.8m.com/sl/mercedes.htm
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:37 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Peach Parts or Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page