E90Post
 


E92-lighting
 
BMW 3-Series (E90 E92) Forum > E90 / E92 / E93 3-series Technical Forums > Wash, Wax, Detailing and Cosmetic protection/repairs > DIY: Restoring Chome/Aluminium Window Trim



Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      10-04-2012, 01:09 AM   #1
swc945
Enlisted Member
 
Drives: E92 325i
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Melbourne

Posts: 36
iTrader: (0)

DIY: Restoring Chome/Aluminium Window Trim

Hey Guys

This is my first thread on this forum, and I'm still pretty new to the world of BMWs. So I thought I'd try to help others with this as I've just come across a really good product.

When I bought my second-hand E92, one of the most annoying issues I had with the car, was the chrome/aluminium trim around the windows. The trim was faded and dull with blotchy cloudy white marks all over it. I tried to clean, polish, and wax it to return it back to its original condition, but nothing would work.

I finally had a chat with my panel beater/auto body mech who suggested I use some Autosol Aluminium polish. Needless to say, I'm so happy with the result that I'm posting about it for the benefit of others who have the same irritation with the chrome/aluminium trim.

So the product is Autosol Aluminium Polish (silver and black packaging). Make sure you DON'T get the Metal Polish (gold and black packaging) as that's for other applications. To save from any confusion, this is what I used:
Name:  Autosol.jpg
Views: 2839
Size:  92.2 KB

Instructions:
Step 1
Make sure the surface is clean and dry.
Name:  1 Before.jpg
Views: 1892
Size:  168.0 KB

Step 2
Apply small amounts of the product and work in circular motions. This is a fine 'cutting' polish, so instead of going crazy by cutting into the surface too much, I stopped and wiped the product off to check the results. In the end, I did 3 applications over the surface to achieve these results.
Name:  2 Treated.jpg
Views: 1904
Size:  164.2 KB

Step 3
Clean the surface again, before applying sealant polish/wax (I used carnuba wax). This final step gives the trim some sparkle and luster.
Name:  3 Done.jpg
Views: 1932
Size:  156.9 KB

The images above have been taken with the same settings, camera position and framing, with no digital alteration to illustrate the raw results so that you guys can judge for yourself. Obviously I had to choose a camera position before I started, so I really didn't know what the best angle was to capture a good "after" shot. But the trim is nice and shiny now and practically as-new condition.

This is a super easy restoration of the chrome/aluminium trim.
Cost: $10
Time: 1 hour total
Skill level needed: 1 out of 10
Result: 9 out of 10

I hope you guys find this useful!
swc945 is offline   Australia
0
Reply With Quote
      11-27-2012, 12:04 AM   #2
Frasdl
New Member
 
Drives: 335i MT
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: SC

Posts: 16
iTrader: (0)

Thanks for posting. I have this problem on my secondhand e90 and it drives me crazy. Where did you pickup the autosol?
Frasdl is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      11-28-2012, 03:53 AM   #3
swc945
Enlisted Member
 
Drives: E92 325i
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Melbourne

Posts: 36
iTrader: (0)

Im from australia, and i bought it from a retailer called Autobarn.
Looks like you're in the USA... So i cant really help you apart from saying that i alao saw it on amazon.com - not sure if thats a good option for you or not though.
swc945 is offline   Australia
0
Reply With Quote
      12-04-2012, 11:53 PM   #4
ladius
Private First Class
 
Drives: '06 bmw 330i
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: SoCal

Posts: 139
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by swc945 View Post
Step 3
Clean the surface again, before applying sealant polish/wax (I used carnuba wax). This final step gives the trim some sparkle and luster.
Attachment 759547
That looks really nice, like a matte finish. I was expecting it to be a shiny, almost mirror-like look but I like this better.
ladius is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      12-08-2012, 01:11 PM   #5
Battleship_335
New Member
 
Drives: 2007 BMW 335i Sedan
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Miami, FL

Posts: 13
iTrader: (0)

You can order this @ Eastwood.com here in the states
Battleship_335 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      12-17-2012, 12:43 AM   #6
Brian_TII
Second Lieutenant
 
Drives: 06 e90 330i 6spd
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Atlanta, GA

Posts: 202
iTrader: (0)

I had great results angling my porter cable on mine with a yellow pad and megs swirl remover. Looks like new and I've only used wax to maintain it for the past two years.
Brian_TII is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      12-26-2012, 05:51 PM   #7
thenewrick
Lieutenant
 
Drives: 2007 E93 335i Black Sapphire
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: USA

Posts: 586
iTrader: (2)

Looks good, I'll try this.
thenewrick is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

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
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:22 PM.




e90post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST