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      07-16-2012, 11:39 AM   #1
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Discoloured Shadowline Trim

Hi guys, my shadowline trim (I think its called this, the window trims in black) is quite discoloured. Is there a way of restoring this or is a new set required?

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      07-16-2012, 12:15 PM   #2
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someone told me t-cut works...thought this was odd and havent tried myself, so apologies if this is duff info...
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      07-16-2012, 12:20 PM   #3
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Discoloured how?

Mine looked like it had watermarks through it - once I'd properly polished and waxed it though, it came up lovely
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      07-16-2012, 12:25 PM   #4
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someone told me t-cut works...thought this was odd and havent tried myself, so apologies if this is duff info...
Cheers mate might give it a try

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Discoloured how?

Mine looked like it had watermarks through it - once I'd properly polished and waxed it though, it came up lovely
Mines is like the colour water goes when petrol/diesel etc. mixes with it. I think I'll give it a polish and see
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      07-16-2012, 01:05 PM   #5
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Apparently its something to do with what BMW use to clean the cars the first time round, (can't say how true this is, info comes from a detailer) but in any case its something to do with the cleaning method someones used on it.

Any polish will fix it and what ever you do DONT use T-cut.
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      07-16-2012, 01:08 PM   #6
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Apparently its something to do with what BMW use to clean the cars the first time round, (can't say how true this is, info comes from a detailer) but in any case its something to do with the cleaning method someones used on it.

Any polish will fix it and what ever you do DONT use T-cut.
Nice one mate, I bought it as an approved used from a BMW dealer and they said they machine polished it etc. before I collected so it may well be this. Hopefully a good polish will sort it then.

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      07-16-2012, 01:12 PM   #7
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They will have probably "mopped it" not machine polished it All garages get easily mixed up with the terms . But its an easy fix with some normal car polish after all its only painted, you could do it by hand as it will get you a good enough finish.
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They will have probably "mopped it" not machine polished it All garages get easily mixed up with the terms . But its an easy fix with some normal car polish after all its only painted, you could do it by hand as it will get you a good enough finish.
Thats not so bad, so worse case scenario if they are wrecked I could just have them repainted? Yeah I doubt it was machine polished but that was me quoting the sales guy haha!

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      07-16-2012, 01:35 PM   #9
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nah won't be ruined they just need a light hand polish will take you 30min max
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nah won't be ruined they just need a light hand polish will take you 30min max
Glad to hear this mate, thanks a lot!! With it being apline white this is ruining it a bit.
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Autoglym Super Resin Polish by hand will do the job. T Cut will ruin it.
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      07-16-2012, 02:11 PM   #12
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Autoglym Super Resin Polish by hand will do the job. T Cut will ruin it.
Thanks mate that was my next question, whats the best for the job. I will be doing it by hand so I'll give SRP a shot.

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      07-16-2012, 06:14 PM   #13
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It's usually old polish or oxidation.

I use either Clearkote Vanilla Moose...





Or Werkstat Prime Strong...

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Thanks mate that was my next question, whats the best for the job. I will be doing it by hand so I'll give SRP a shot.

Thanks
I had exactly the same thing and used exactly the same stuff. Came up lovely!
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Autoglym Super Resin Polish by hand will do the job. T Cut will ruin it.
+1 with plenty of elbow grease.
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Any idea on what to use on the glossy black plastic trim around the mirrors?
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Any idea on what to use on the glossy black plastic trim around the mirrors?
This is supposed to be good although I havent tried it yet!

http://www.elitecarcare.co.uk/carpro...tant-500ml.php
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Any idea on what to use on the glossy black plastic trim around the mirrors?
Autoglym Vinyl & Rubber Care

Honestly, use that for EVERYTHING that's black & plastic, inside and outside the car. It's brilliant.
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Oh, hang on... The wing mirror trims are painted gloss black, aren't they?

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Any idea on what to use on the glossy black plastic trim around the mirrors?
As posted above, Werkstat Prime Strong or Clearkote Vanilla Moose
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      07-19-2012, 03:30 PM   #21
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Apparently its something to do with what BMW use to clean the cars the first time round, (can't say how true this is, info comes from a detailer) but in any case its something to do with the cleaning method someones used on it.

Any polish will fix it and what ever you do DONT use T-cut.
sounds like that could be true, the guy who is detailing mine this week told me exactly the same thing.
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      07-22-2012, 11:46 AM   #22
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Just finished cleaning up my shadowline trim with some Autoglym Super Resin Polish. Pretty happy with the result:
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