Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

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tomix
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Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Post by tomix » Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:09 am

gojoholo wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:07 am
Microfibre towels are great for drying the car. Stops these sort of stains from happening.
You are right, but it should be done immediately after washing process.
In some cases can help some citrus based water spots remover gel or some special acidic products dedicated for car washing use only. But be very careful, because some car brands use not real chrome trims, but just a chrome colored plastic strips. I dont know, if these on Kodiaqs are the real ones, or just a plastic ones. The plastic strips can be easily damaged by citrus based acidic water spots removers.
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Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Post by tomix » Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:08 am

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Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Post by gojoholo » Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:07 am

Do we need to revise this for the exam? :shock:
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Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Post by bobster » Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:33 pm

Hello DK54
Some car wash places use TFrs (Traffic film removers) and can cause the problem. Using Autoglym SRP could possibly help.
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Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Post by silver1011 » Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:36 pm

The OP has tried polishing the chrome trim so this isn't water marking.

These hand car washes are great for convenience, but not for your car.

As mentioned above, for them it's all about time and cost, so a lot of them use TFR (Traffic Film Remover). The cheaper versions are extremely acidic and aggressive, also known as truck wash.

It is the first stage, as you're sat queuing the guy comes over with a hand pump and sprays a fine mist over the car, this is TFR, it basically makes it easier (and therefore quicker) for them to wash the car. It is extremely important that TFR is not allowed to dry, this is when the damage is done. I'd imagine in this weather that is exactly what has happened.

It has essentially stained the chrome trim, and is probably irreversible now. This is what it does to the grey plastic wheel nut caps...

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Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Post by tomix » Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:45 am

silver1011 wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:36 pm

It is the first stage, as you're sat queuing the guy comes over with a hand pump and sprays a fine mist over the car, this is TFR, it basically makes it easier (and therefore quicker) for them to wash the car. It is extremely important that TFR is not allowed to dry, this is when the damage is done. I'd imagine in this weather that is exactly what has happened.
I can not imagine that anyone left to dry it on the car without rinsing. But under certain circumstances this can happen. If that's true, we got the answer to the question whether it's really chrome or just chrome colored plastic.
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Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Post by Alan Chapple » Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:03 am

tomix wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:45 am
silver1011 wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:36 pm

It is the first stage, as you're sat queuing the guy comes over with a hand pump and sprays a fine mist over the car, this is TFR, it basically makes it easier (and therefore quicker) for them to wash the car. It is extremely important that TFR is not allowed to dry, this is when the damage is done. I'd imagine in this weather that is exactly what has happened.
I can not imagine that anyone left to dry it on the car without rinsing. But under certain circumstances this can happen. If that's true, we got the answer to the question whether it's really chrome or just chrome colored plastic.
I read that as they didn't deliberately not rinse off the TFR, rather with it being so hot it dried almost instantly on contact with the car before it was rinsed off during the next stage of the hand wash process.
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Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Post by darkKnight54 » Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:42 pm

I bought some of the Autosol a previous poster mentioned, make it nice and shiny but didn't remove the blemishes, also tried Mothers Mag metal polish and also some plastic polish, none worked.

I did try a tiny bit of WD40 which seems to have the most success but overall the problem still remains.

I phoned Skoda Customer Services who were not really interested and said take it into your local dealer. Now.. my Kodiaq was actually in at the local dealer 2 weeks ago for a different issue, my wife took it in and happen to briefly mention to the agent about the chrome trim and they said it wouldn't be covered as its wear and tear. She didn't follow it up as it was only a 'mention' during conversation and the car was in for a different reason but I will be making an appointment specifically for this chrome trim to see where we get.

My wifes Focus (also with chrome trim) and nearly 5 years old looks pristine (trim) compared to my 12 month old Kodiaq,and the kodiaq was about £43k new (with my options)!


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Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Post by colmar51 » Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:14 pm

Largely as a result of the recommendation by the previous poster mentioned above, I purchased a tube of Autosol and eagerly applied it to my chrome effect window trims. Didn't do a bloody thing!

I don't give up that easily and in the far reaches of my tool cupboard I found a small tin of Brasso and an even older tin of Duraglit wadding (Duraglit wadding in the famous orange tin no longer exists as a stand alone product but the name lingers on under the Brasso banner). I poured a small amount of the Brasso liquid on a very dry piece of wadding and rubbed very gently on the affected area.

In short it works - most of the little white spots have gone, the rest have faded significantly and may need a further application. If the problem returns it'll be a warranty claim.

There is no doubt in my mind that the eastern european car wash jockeys are using TSR or a variant thereof but the underlying cause is the crap material Skoda are using. My 7 year old Mondeo had similar chrome coloured highlights and using the same EE car wash I never had the problem.
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Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Post by Elephantstone76 » Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:42 pm

I have the same issue, its a know issue and my dealer has ordered new trim parts for replacement.


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