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    Default Rear Chrome Strip brought back to life

    Originally posted on the DetailingWorld site.

    The chrome strip on my Vectra has been bugging me for some time now. It is very badly scratched and hazy and although I havenít attempted any paint correction on the actual paintwork yet I thought that Iíd make use of some of my free day off and try and make a small improvement to it.

    Iíve previously tried Scratch-x on it with no success at all and although I own a rotary I havenít attacked it with that yet. The car does need a bit of a wash down as itís covered in pollen and a few small tar spots here and there so please ignore those in the pics. This was only about the chrome strip. Also please ignore the dust bunnies that are visible.....really need to clean my camera's sensor

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    Overall pretty awful and it really let any hard work put into cleaning the car down.

    So products used:
    Daisy APC for the initial clean
    Carlack scratch remover paste Ė used initially but didnít have enough cut. Used after the autosol to refine a little.
    Autosol Ė moved onto after the carlack, much better cut.
    AG SRP Ė used to add some shine.
    AG EGP Ė used to seal the finish.
    Meguiars Ultimate detailer Ė used to spritz my MF when removing polish residue.

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    Finals: Taken at these angles as scratches still exist ( you can clearly see them around the button) and I need to hit these with the rotary to cut much deeper. Iím happy with the results of 45 minutes work by hand though!!







    Just thought Iíd share.

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    you can come round and do mine . good job done. khalid

    the vectra has gone , but not far away so ill still see it form time to time

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    Quote Originally Posted by happypostie View Post
    you can come round and do mine . good job done. khalid
    When you finished Mr Postie's pop round to my place after .................

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    Thanks for re-posting this as it was an excellent article there and an equally excellent one on here. Great job and wonderful result.

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    cheers all.

    It was nice and rewarding so you can all do your own

    Honestly though, a bit of Autosol, some hard graft and a little time is all it took. I would say that some less abrasive polish should be used after the autosol as it definitely doent break down completely and leaves marks.

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    Kind enough to show your work with details ? When you have time of
    course . This will make an excellent How -To .
    Very nice work.

    babisskg

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    just done this myself and omg what a difference!! :O very impressed thanks for posting this thread!!

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    Great turnaround mate

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    That is very impressive! How much was all the products u mentioned to do this??

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