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      01-17-2012, 09:49 AM   #1
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Shadowline trim cleaner?

Anyone use Britetrim before to clean their Shadowline trim?
I'm wondering how well this stuff works. Is it worth getting?

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      01-17-2012, 11:12 PM   #2
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All you really need to do is polish this area with a light polish and protect it with a sealant that lasts. Wolf's Trim Coat works very well and is proven...
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      01-18-2012, 11:21 AM   #3
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Polished the trim, and also tried vinegar solution, but the hard water stains and oxidation marks are still there. I'm assuming that's what these stains are... as they were seemingly etched onto the Shadowline when I bought the M3. Any other ideas? That's why I'm wondering how well Britetrim works. Anyone use it before?

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Polished the trim, and also tried vinegar solution, but the hard water stains and oxidation marks are still there. I'm assuming that's what these stains are... as they were seemingly etched onto the Shadowline when I bought the M3. Any other ideas? That's why I'm wondering how well Britetrim works. Anyone use it before?

What did you polish the trim with? I mean you tape up everything around the trim, get out a porter cable or flex dual action polisher, and polish the trim.

I would start with a light polish and check the results from there. Something like Menzerna 106 or 85 works very well on these trim pieces.

Where are you in NC? If you are close to Raleigh, come to my house and I will do it for free.

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      01-18-2012, 01:18 PM   #5
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Meguiar's M105/D300. May have to take you up on your offer. I'll PM you.
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      01-18-2012, 01:24 PM   #6
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Meguiar's M105/D300. May have to take you up on your offer. I'll PM you.
And you did this with by machine not by hand? Usually the waterspots will come right off if this trim is polished by machine properly. That is strange...

Was the car rotary polished or compounded before you bought it?

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      01-20-2012, 01:47 PM   #7
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No idea what was done to it before. Tried orbital buffer compound and polish AFTER I bought it. Maybe it wasn't a strong enough cut and needs a rotary? Maybe it needs some kind of chemical correction? Dunno. I'll PM you.

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I did my best to polish out mine, which are highly etched. Nothing worked. As far as I know, I do not have a detailer in my area (Birmingham, Alabama) with whom I would trust my car. BMW (Tom William's) refused to replace. It's sad that a $60,000+ auto would be subject to such a "defect".

Please let me know if you make any progress.
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I did my best to polish out mine, which are highly etched. Nothing worked. As far as I know, I do not have a detailer in my area (Birmingham, Alabama) with whom I would trust my car. BMW (Tom William's) refused to replace. It's sad that a $60,000+ auto would be subject to such a "defect".

Please let me know if you make any progress.
What polisher/pad/polish combination did you try? It stinks you guys are having trouble with this. Usually the trim pieces we are discussing clean up fairly easily with light to moderate polish.

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      02-01-2012, 09:42 PM   #10
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I treat it as I would paint. After all, it's painted no?
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      03-06-2012, 11:20 PM   #11
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I treat it as I would paint. After all, it's painted no?
Evidently not.
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I am still interested in taking a look at this. All of the M3s I have had my hands on could be restored to a like new finish. This is interesting to say the least.

Bring it by sometime, send me a PM.

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      03-07-2012, 09:24 AM   #13
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Yea, it's really odd...

I first tried the Chemical Guys water spot remover by hand. It seemed to take a small dent out of the water etching but not enough...

Next I got out my PC and the CG scratch and swirl be-gone. That did the trick. Not only were the water marks completely gone, but the small swirls that were there also disappeared.

Wondering if you guys are using the right polish/pad combo... Also, your results with an orbital like a flex or PC will be much MUCH better than applying by hand.
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Meguiar's M105/D300. May have to take you up on your offer. I'll PM you.
That's funky that it didn't work! I've taken that stuff out with scratch-x and 205...didn't even need the 105.

As far as I know it is painted as well. I say that because I have a chip on mine and it looks like aluminum where the paint chipped away.
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i use m205 on it by hand, gets water spots out. I'll toss jetseal 109 on afterward.
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