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    Established Member Two Rings Bobbyru's Avatar
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    WD-40 Cleaned my Aluminum trim like new

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    I have a silver 2004 S4 Avant with Aluminum roof rails that were milky and spotted looking.
    Tried everything to clean it.
    Can't remember who previously posted this information but well worth repeating....WD-40 made it look like brand new!
    Thank you Audizine forum members...great exchange of information.
    BTW, if anyone is interested I'm cleaning it up and selling this car starting next week.
    Just bought a new Ibis White 2011 S4.

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    Established Member Two Rings Merlin00069's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbyru View Post
    I have a silver 2004 S4 Avant with Aluminum roof rails that were milky and spotted looking.
    Tried everything to clean it.
    Can't remember who previously posted this information but well worth repeating....WD-40 made it look like brand new!
    Thank you Audizine forum members...great exchange of information.
    BTW, if anyone is interested I'm cleaning it up and selling this car starting next week.
    Just bought a new Ibis White 2011 S4.
    Pics please. I'd like to try also.

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    Senior Member Three Rings poop_on_jdm's Avatar
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    WD-40 does wonders on so much especially when it comes to cleaning. I use it at my work to clean up stainless steel and it shines it up real nice

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    would WD-40 work on exhaust tips also?

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    Established Member Two Rings Merlin00069's Avatar
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    Just did this. Worked exceptionally well. Lets see how long it lasts and how often i have to do it. Looks brand new. And yes it worked for my exhaust also.

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    I've used this on the exhaust tips and it worked great.

    http://www.amazon.com/Eagle-One-1035.../dp/B000CNBI1A

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    Established Member Two Rings Sebap3's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by naemcivic View Post
    would WD-40 work on exhaust tips also?
    I use this http://www.amazon.com/BlueMagic-400-...1888261&sr=1-1 for exhaust tips and it works great. You only need a little to get the exhaust shining like new. I bought a can like 6 years ago and still have more than half left.
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    Quote Originally Posted by s_car_go View Post
    I've used this on the exhaust tips and it worked great.

    http://www.amazon.com/Eagle-One-1035.../dp/B000CNBI1A
    I use the same. :)
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    Petroleum jelly also works to shine many things Especially plastic parts. The petroleum distillates in these products help clean, and the oils in them help keep further corrosion/oxidation at bay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SquiddyB6S4 View Post
    Petroleum jelly also works to shine many things Especially plastic parts. The petroleum distillates in these products help clean, and the oils in them help keep further corrosion/oxidation at bay.
    would it work on taking wax off plastic pieces?
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    Anyone else tried this? Any pics of before or after. I'm at the point where I'm about to vinyl wrap my chrome trim b/c I'm sick and tired of how it looks.
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    Veteran Member Four Rings dparm's Avatar
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    If the oxidation is heavy, WD40 won't work.
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    Registered Member Four Rings B6JoeS4's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by feelgood156 View Post
    would it work on taking wax off plastic pieces?
    use peanut butter to remove wax of plastic. im not kidding it works. it's an 'ol detailers trick

    Also, the OP said he cleaned his roof rails which are bare aluminum as far as i know. this wd-40 trick will NOT work on the window trim. this is because the window trim is clear-coated and the aluminum oxidizes under the clear coat. to remove the oxidation on the window trim, you must first strip/sand away that clear coat and then polish and re-clear it. or just leave it bare and polish as needed
    Last edited by B6JoeS4; 04-05-2011 at 09:43 PM.

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    Veteran Member Four Rings beemercer's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by B6JoeS4 View Post
    use peanut butter to remove wax of plastic. im not kidding it works. it's an 'ol detailers trick
    giving that a try soon, my window seals are all waxed up >:(!
    You represent the idiocy of today.

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    Veteran Member Four Rings dparm's Avatar
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    What you're doing is using oil to remove oil. This is an old cosmetics trick.
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    Okay, to correct what I'm 99% sure is misinformation of various sorts:

    The aluminum trim on this car, and indeed many, many cars on the road, is not "clear coated". A clear coat typically implies a paint of some sort. The aluminum trim is anodized with a clear layer. This is why it lasts so well, this is why it's so hard to remove the finish and get to polishing, and this is why it looks like it does when it starts wearing out. The clear anodized layer is very hard, which makes it hard to remove. But the material underneath is thin, so going at it rough is necessary, but it takes a sharp eye to know when you've removed the anodized layer and have started removing aluminum. And the microcracks in the anodized layer are why it looks like it does when it starts looking bad. You may put some surface treatment on it, like an oil, to help fill the cracks, but the cracks are still going to be there. The only real, honest fixes are to replace the trim with new or used in good shape (very expensive), strip the anodized layer and reanodize (very expensive), strip the anodized layer, polish, and seal with something less permanent than anodizing (high-maintenance), or continue applying bandaids.

    Now, maybe the band-aid method works for a long time, and that would be great, as I'm sure many of us have or will have this problem before long, but I'm just preparing you for the long term. Pretty much all shiny trim pieces these days are aluminum, not chrome, and are hard anodized clear, and not "clear coated" with some form of paint or sealant.
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    Veteran Member Four Rings dparm's Avatar
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    Probably easier to just remove the clear anodizing and let it be bare metal. It would require some regular maintenance (polishing), however, or it will tarnish.
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    WD40 and fine grit wet and dry sandpaper. I used to polish my motocross exhaust with it and it came up like a mirror.

    Use gloves though, that black residue crap stains, especially your nails

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbyru View Post
    I have a silver 2004 S4 Avant with Aluminum roof rails that were milky and spotted looking.
    Tried everything to clean it.
    Can't remember who previously posted this information but well worth repeating....WD-40 made it look like brand new!
    Thank you Audizine forum members...great exchange of information.
    BTW, if anyone is interested I'm cleaning it up and selling this car starting next week.
    Just bought a new Ibis White 2011 S4.
    funny, the day before you posted this I was washing my avant and commented to myself about the hard water stains on the anodized trim and rails.
    and I remembered that wd40 thread you make mention of. I remember it because the guy was kind of abrasive in his 'I know best' sort of tone about it. but he did.

    After reading your post I went out and hit it with a rag and some wd40... and viola... like brand new. no elbow-grease... just wipe it down.
    If you don't have it all ready, go buy a $4 can of WD40 and try it for yourself. yeah, you'll probably have to go over it every month, but who cares it take literally 45 second to go over all the trim. It even cleaned up my side mirror caps.



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