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Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:22 pm
by darkKnight54
So iv just visited the local Hand Carwash and upon returning, to my horror, the chrome bits are really badly pitted. (will qualify 'pitted' with i cant actually feel any depressions)

I thoughts it was just soap/wax but hasnt wiped clear with a rag, I then tried AutoGlym wax with fibre cloth, waited a while before buffing and still nothing. Looks really bad, im on a lease as well so this wont go down well.

Anyone know what it might be or how to remove, I hope its not harsh jetwash thats effectively gone through some of the chrome like plating.

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Last shot is the good side (other side they didn't seem to do as bad / not noticeable)

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Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:48 am
by Colin Lambert
Somebody else complained about this last week. I can't remember who, but I wonder if you both use the car wash.
I am always a bit suspish about hand car washes. I always use IMO. They have a non scratch guarantee and for a number 2 wash which includes manual pre jetwash, wheel scrub and blowdry all for £5. I really can't be bothered to DIY. I have used IMO for years and they have never done any harm to any of my cars.
If you had put your location on your profile I could have told you if there is one near you (that's why we ask for location ;) )
So you'll have to find it yourself I'm afraid! :lol:
https://www.imocarwash.com/gb/search-re ... =UK%20wide

Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:53 am
by darkKnight54
Iv updated my Location :)

Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:26 pm
by Pjmartin
I've experienced the same thing and several people have complained about it.
My thought is to possibly wrap them in either black or chrome vinyl?

If they get damaged again, it would be a simple case of peeling off the damaged section of vinyl film.

I don't think it was the car wash, many others who have washed their own cars have also mentioned the same isssues.

To me it's a manufacturing issue and there's no real reference to it in the owners manual either.

Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:41 pm
by Colin Lambert
Well if it is a manufacturing fault. I will put a £10 note on it that Skoda says, " We know nuffink about that mate, so it doesn't exist!"

Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:19 pm
by Pjmartin
Well oddly enough, I spoke to the salesman who sold me my car and he said “not another one! We’ve had a few of these lately on the Kodiaq and superb”

I’ve asked him to look into replacing for the Sportline trim instead.

Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:38 pm
by stryder
Had the same problem, solved with Autosol Chrome plastic polish.


Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:00 pm
by StephenL
Colin Lambert wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:48 am
Somebody else complained about this last week. I can't remember who, but I wonder if you both use the car wash.
I am always a bit suspish about hand car washes. I always use IMO. They have a non scratch guarantee and for a number 2 wash which includes manual pre jetwash, wheel scrub and blowdry all for £5. I really can't be bothered to DIY. I have used IMO for years and they have never done any harm to any of my cars.
If you had put your location on your profile I could have told you if there is one near you (that's why we ask for location ;) )
So you'll have to find it yourself I'm afraid! :lol:
https://www.imocarwash.com/gb/search-re ... =UK%20wide
Used to use IMO when we had the doubtful privilege of living near Watford - good washes. Now our nearest is about 40 miles away. Come to think of it, there are NO car washes within 15 miles.

No pitting on my chrome trim - don’t have any except front grille. :mrgreen:

Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:31 am
by tomix
These are water stains. After washing the vehicle, the chrome strips were not enough dried. After one day on direct sunlight the stain are etched in the trims clear coat. They can only be removed by polishing.

Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:07 am
by gojoholo
tomix wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:31 am
These are water stains.
Microfibre towels are great for drying the car. Stops these sort of stains from happening.