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Chrome Trim Cleaning

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I have had my 147 for a couple of months now, and I have noticed that the 'chrome' detail on the front of the car is developing a traffic film.

I am unsure as to the best way to go about cleaning it as I am not sure what exactly it is made of.

Is the Chrome trim completely metal or is it coated plastic, as I really cannot tell, nor am I sure what to clean it with. I have posted a picture of the front of the car, and the areas that require attention are the grille and the 'whiskers' within the air dam.

I have attached a picture of the front of the car, essenstially all of the brightwork needs cleaning/polishing.

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Based on 20+ years in cleaning chems specification/ formulation, I would use a non-abrasive, household cream cleanser.......in the same way as you would use an abrasive carpolish
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Sure thing! Thanks for your input.

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I just use an All Purpose Cleaner with some soft brushes. Lots of them around including Meguiars, Optimum (my favorite), Autosmart G101, Bilt Hamber Surfex and many others. The chrome is just plastic so after a good clean with an APC use a wax or similar to protect them
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Secret with chromium.......which is inevitably found as plated-metal.......is to avoid acidic cleansers, and because of its aggression towards that metal, Hydrocloric Acid and anything containing the Chloride ion (simplest example of this ion is Sodium Chloride or common salt)
Abrasive pastes and cleansers.......goes without saying that the treated surface is challenged. Agree with any post-cleaning practise which applies a coating which is more detergent-sensitive than roadfilm........that practise was widely used by railway companies.
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There is an Autosolvol for plastic chrome called M1 Autosol Products
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Right. Clearly i need to find some soft brushes too! I shall have a look for the Autosol, we have a few shops around here that sell a few bits. Thank you very much for your help!

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Even if you get the Autosol it is still worth some serious consideration to buying an All Purpose Cleaner as these are great for interior trim, leather seats, carpets, door jams, tyres etc etc.

To get into the corners of the trim get some cotton buds, really useful things to own
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I thought our 147 had aluminised brightwork, no chromium plate on steel?
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There is an Autosolvol for plastic chrome called M1 Autosol Products
I've used this as well to good effect. They are a sort of "plastic chrome" so you don't want to use normal chrome metal polish as it will haze them as it is too abrasive.
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I've used this as well to good effect. They are a sort of "plastic chrome" so you don't want to use normal chrome metal polish as it will haze them as it is too abrasive.
It's probably vacuum metalised plastic , so not as durable but won't rust
How to Metalize Plastic
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I have attached a picture of the front of the car, essenstially all of the brightwork needs cleaning/polishing.

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Nice 147 David I've only ever seen one or two Montecarlo Blue 147s on AO.
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Thank you,

It was either the Alfa or a Ford Fiesta ST, but I thought the oppertunity to have an Alfa at my age was far to tempting, and took it while I had the chance!

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