Cleaning and polishing Tips for the chrome plastic
Posted 05 March 2009 - 12:49 PM
Specifically I am referring to the grill and trim of a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Do I treat it just like i would normal metal? Any product recommendations that have worked in the past
Posted 05 March 2009 - 01:07 PM
Posted 05 March 2009 - 01:14 PM
No you can't treat it like it was metal chrome like a muffler tip or anything you'll ruin it. Muffler tips you take glass cleaner and steel wool and polish it up to a brilliant shine. You need to treat it like it was the plastic in the interior. Best results I've gotten is taking some diluted APC and a soft bristel toothbrush and gently aggitate it until clean. Rinse, check, repeat if needed.
I agree...anything else, and you will start to get a "copperish" color discoloration to your silver plastic. I just use regular car wash soap, my wash mit and dry with mf towel. I will, however, use a light spray wax just to add some protection to it.
Posted 05 March 2009 - 01:32 PM
poli-seal and a 4" finishing pad or do it by hand. I also just worked on a Jetta and used DG105 with a MF pad.
not the best pic but.
That looks great!!!
I certainly do not have that shine or reflection in mine.
Hopefully I can get it looking good again, that really looks nice.
Posted 05 March 2009 - 01:50 PM
You actually have to me MORE careful with that than with uncoated plastic, because certain chemicals and processes will make it start to peel around the edges. Todays vac-metallized plastics are much better than those of the past, but I've still seen damage by those who tried to use a cutting polish with a PC...
Wax or sealant is definitely a good idea... although, depending on the grille you're dealing with, the pattern of the "checks" could make it very difficult to wax.
I will normally just use car wash soap and water with a very soft brush that can get down in the cracks...
If just doing a QD, I'll use my normal QD spray and do the best I can with a soft MF.
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