Sep 062012

Here at Padula’s Auto Body in Pompano Beach,Florida we believe you will be more satisfied with your car if it looks great. To that end we are educating you on how to care for it.  This month we will discuss how to take care of plastic chrome.
Plastic chrome is a vacuum-metalized chrome finish applied to many auto parts to look like real chrome. You can tell if the chrome is plastic by lightly tapping your fingernail on the surface.  Metal chrome will make a ringing sound, but plastic will have a dull sound. Do not clean plastic chrome with cleaning products used for real chrome because it will destroy the finish. Use a cleanser designed specifically for cleaning plastic chrome. These products usually contain a pore-filling wax to help protect the plastic chrome from dirt and debris.

What You’ll Need

  1. Plastic chrome cleanser
  2. Soft rag
  3. Soft-bristle brush


How to Do It

Wash your car to keep dirt and debris to a minimum. Use only a soft mitt and gentle automotive soap to wash all the plastic surfaces. Rinse well before applying your plastic chrome-specific cleaner.

Spray the plastic cleaner product directly onto your plastic chrome. Then scrub the surface lightly with a soft-bristle brush to loosen any dirt stuck to the plastic. Be careful not to scrub too hard as this might cause scratch marks.

There is no need to buff with these products.  Use a soft rag and wipe in one direction since swirling motions may leave marks on the surface.

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