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Front grille help

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Arjxh56

Original Poster:

322 posts

44 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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Hi,
My car came with a front grille that has water marks or some kind of stains on it. Its now starting to annoy me!
I had the car detailed by swissvax and they couldn't get rid of it?
Anyone had this problem and solved it without spending silly money on a new one?

Thanks

AMDBSNick

4,936 posts

67 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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Works Service used Autoglym Metal Polish on my old V8V and it came up a treat

tonyhall38

3,643 posts

121 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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get a better detailer....

Arjxh56

Original Poster:

322 posts

44 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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Hi Tony, it was supposed to be one of the best detailers in the UK that did it? Glyn ODonnell

mikey k

11,373 posts

121 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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It is oxidation of the aluminium, detailing it won't get rid
As Nick says it needs metal polishing them sealing
This is one reason I opted for the standard grill on my current car
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Arjxh56

Original Poster:

322 posts

44 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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Thanks.. I have some Autosol polish that is used on chrome wheels, I will give that a shot.
Someone mentioned coating it with Vaseline but this would collect dust and grit surely??

yeti

10,523 posts

180 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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mikey k said:
It is oxidation of the aluminium, detailing it won't get rid
Are they ally or stainless?

I remember my Chiltern-fitted DB7 grille was stainlness.

Either way, metal polish, yes!

And yet again... if you don't clean your car, you don't get this issue wink

Arjxh56

Original Poster:

322 posts

44 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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I wonder if shot blasting it and then powder coating would sort it out?

AMDBSNick

4,936 posts

67 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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yeti said:
Are they ally or stainless?

I remember my Chiltern-fitted DB7 grille was stainlness.

Either way, metal polish, yes!

And yet again... if you don't clean your car, you don't get this issue wink
WS even gave me the polish for future use. Never left my office rolleyes


George H

13,409 posts

69 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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AMDBSNick said:
WS even gave me the polish for future use. Never left my office rolleyes

I use that! Can get it off eBay for about £3. Works well on the exhausts never tried it on the grille.

Baron Von Alders

296 posts

186 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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To get rid of some marks on mine I purchased a tube of Autosol off of the Bay:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/290639325120?ssPageName=...

Worked fine.

mikey k

11,373 posts

121 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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Arjxh56 said:
I wonder if shot blasting it and then powder coating would sort it out?
That is how the standard grill is done

Lunablack

3,494 posts

67 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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I split my grill down, and polished each bar with autosol..... Came up a treat and it easy to do....

But watch the sharp edges....smile

drcarrera

481 posts

130 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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When I first washed my V8V with bright grille, I spent ages trying to clean the 2nd, 3rd and 4th slats. Then I realised they were reflecting the wet undersides of the slat above! rolleyes

tonyhall38

3,643 posts

121 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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remove , strip , and re plate as required....cost about 200.....as oppossed to 850 for new grill...

robgt

2,128 posts

67 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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Try Solvol Autosol, it works brilliantly!!

snuffy

3,467 posts

189 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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robgt said:
Try Solvol Autosol, it works brilliantly!!
I did mine just after I got it with that stuff ( I'd taken the plinth off, so I thought I might as well five it a good clean before I stick the number plate on ), and it worked a treat.


SHIFTY

438 posts

141 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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The 6 slat bright finish grills fitted to the later cars are electro plated, earlier cars were just polished aluminium.

marceltay

452 posts

61 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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SHIFTY said:
The 6 slat bright finish grills fitted to the later cars are electro plated, earlier cars were just polished aluminium.
I think so too. We attempted unsuccessfully to clean the water marks of mine. I think the only option on the later grills are to replace, or re-plate.

Neilc123

258 posts

48 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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So the shiny upgraded grills are Aluminium? What are the non-upgraded ones?