Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

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Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Post by bobster » Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:25 pm

One suggestion could be that you apply a sealant so the chemicals attack the sealant and not the surface of the trim.

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Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Post by u668857 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:07 pm

Hi...just bought an ex-demo Karoq (Reg Dec 2017) from Skoda dealer in Slough. It appears I have the same pitting on my chrome window trims. I wonder if you ever heard back from Skoda re. what trims are made of and how to remove engrained stains/marks??
Car still under warranty but sounds like getting them to accept the fault as theirs is tricky! I haven't even washed the car, just had it 3 days now and noticed the quite bad pitted stains on certain parts of the chrome window trim. Hope there's a solution to what seems like a growing problem (Kodiaq and now the Karoq!).

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Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Post by Hamjam » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:10 pm

About 2 weeks ago I noticed exactly the same thing on my kodiaq. (1 year old now)
I thought it would wipe off but clearly not, it appears ingrained in the chrome (plastic) trim.
I popped into my local dealer to see if they could help or recommend how to get it out. Sadly they don't have a solution and they immediately blamed the hand car washes and specifically Traffic Film remover. (TFR)
I got a quote to replace the affected trims which was silly expensive with labour (£1000+), however whilst talking to the parts man he mentioned they have had the same problem when they wash the cars....(apparently if they do it then they will replace the trims for free). Looking at the various posts it appears the driver and passenger door lower trims are the most frequently affected.... seems a bit odd to me.

It feels like a poor quality trim and skoda should take some responsibility... any suggestions on how I can progress this with my local dealer?
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Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Post by Old and Grumpy » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:30 pm

I've been following this thread for a while and have been thinking that I've not noticed this on my Skodiaq. Then washing it today I realised that it's because I don't have the chrome trim round the windows on my SE spec. However, my previous Superb Greenline did have them and at five years from new it never suffered from the dreaded pitting. The present Skodiaq has chrome trim round the grill and it's still perfect at a year old. My cars have always been hand washed by me using either Triplewax wash and wax, or more recently Halfords wash and wax. (I wouldn't risk my car with these "hand wash" businesses having seen the mess they've made of my brother-in-law's Jag!). I'm always careful to rinse all the soap off and dry with a microfibre cloth before the water spots have a chance to dry. Perhaps I've just been lucky or by chance I am using the correct products to avoid the chrome damage. Sod's law dictates that I will now get infected. 😮
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Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Post by old man » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:42 pm

Looking at the various posts it appears the driver and passenger door lower trims are the most frequently affected.... seems a bit odd to me.

With regard to this comment, many car components are not made in house but are outsourced to other companies. Baring that in mind, I don't suppose it's beyond the realms of possibility that all of the trims are not made by the same company and therefore standards could vary.

It's still a pain in the butt though and shouldn't be happening. :x

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Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Post by Rob M » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:57 pm

There are numerous tutorials on YouTube on how to get pitted/rusted chrome back to its former self.

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Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Post by Aardvark » Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:53 pm

I think that the above may be fine for proper chromium plated steel, but not for the plastic brightwork. It would most likely scratch it terribly that would require a lot of work to bring it back if at all possible.
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Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Post by Bulletproofbomb » Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:19 pm

Same problem but only on the rear off side door lower trim. Not buying the car wash it to blame when every other bit of trim is still shining. Image

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Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Post by sparkymark » Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:38 pm

After a year of ownership I am yet to encounter this problem, but then I follow a strict regime:
1) I don't use the hand car washes that spring up behind petrol stations, car parks and industrial units - that's more to do with me being cautious about human trafficking and money laundering, but avoiding TFR seems like a sensible thing to do, as it turned my black dust caps to silver last time I used a hand car wash!
2) I don't wash the car very regularly at all - I find I get less scratches from people walking past when the car is dirty.....who wants to get dirt on them when they walk past...best give it a wider berth!
3) When I wash the car myself I use Triplewax waterless wash & shine - never had a problem with it.
4) I don't wash the car when it's hot & sunny, as the panels dry too quick before I have polished them up....in effect, I never let the cleaners dry on the car.
Touch wood I have so far avoided any chrome trim problems........just my car probably doesn't look at it's best most of the time as it's always waiting for a clean & polish....still drives the same though :D
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Re: Pitting on chrome bits after hand/carwash

Post by Alan Chapple » Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:27 pm

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
These chrome pitting threads seem to pop up every so often and like Colin I always use only IMO car washes and so far have had no issues either.
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