Hi again. On my door panels for my 240 there is a horizontal "chrome" strip. Actually it is a plastic strip with a chrome covering. Over the years, the chrome has worn off and now it's an ugly blue strip. Can this be fixed?
Go to the hardware store and buy a roll of aluminum tape. They use it for heating ducts and stuff its also very sticky. Just cut a long strip of it and stick it down over the strip. You have to taper the ends in a bit. Then take some aluminum pollish and give it a good rub. Make sure you clean the strip real good first. If there's any (gasp) Armoral on there it won't stick.
This will probably start some sort of flame war / argument and I hope not.
There is a strong division between people who use and people who hate Armor All.
Some people claim it's the fountain of youth for plastics and vinyls.
Others call it heroin for plastics and blame it for cracking otherwise flawless dashes.
I personally don't like the oily and nasty greasy film it leaves behind, and since my dog likes to accompany me on car trips, I'm ensured a FUZZY dash with Armor All. Aside from the fact that I hate the stuff cause you need to reapply it at least once a week with the interval between fixes decreasing each time.
I recommend a product called Clear Guard by Turtle Wax. What I like best about this product is that it lasts an incredibly long time. You apply it with one rag, wipe it down with a clean rag and you're done for months. It leaves a nice deep smooth finish that will make you think your vinyl / plastic is new.
I used to use the stuff when I was in my teens but wouldn't go near now, I hate the stuff!
1) It stinks
2) After a few years the residue builds up in spots you can't reach and it stinks.
3) It seems to be the best penetrating fluid, so much that if you ever need to paint something that has had even a teensy weensy bit of Armoral on it, the stuff soaks right through the paind and embeds itself in the metal, causing fish eye city even if you use metal prep.
4) Did I mention it stinks?
5) I am pretty sure it dries out the vinyl leading to cracking.
I have found some mystery slime by Mcguires that is incredible vinyl stuff, of course I can't find It right now or I would tell you what it is.
I worked in a body shop years ago, when armor all had been around for only a few years. One of the new guys in the shop claimed to have been fired from another shop because he brought a bottle of the stuff into the shop. Apparently the manager there had had several paint jobs go fish-eye everywhere just from a few sprays of the stuff. Apparently he made a rule that if anyone ever brought in another bottle of the stuff he'd fire them.
Can't verify the truth of my co-workers statement, but CAN testify to it causing fisheye, and can also testify regarding getting EVERYWHERE. It is incredibly hard to get rid of and yes it stinks, it's oily it's slimy.......
There is a product used by modelers (airplanes and cars) called Bare Metal foil. It is very thin and backed with adhesive. It's available in a variety of finishes one of which looks a lot better than what's on my 77's trim . Any well stocked hobby shop probably carries it. I'm not sure if comes in anything but sheets that you'd have to cut down.
Micro-Mark, a company specializing in tools for model makers carries it.
Bare Metal Foil, adhesive backed metal .0005" thick. comes in sets of two 6" X 12" sheets. Two finishes are listed Ultra Bright Item # 61636 and Matte Aluminum Item # 60795 at $9.95 per set.
Their number 1-800-225-1066 or www.micromark.com but I'm not sure how extensive a web site they have.
I am waiting for some repairs to be finished on my vehicle to order some, I was going to use this to restore the edging on my Choke Plate and AT shift plate as well as the radio face plate.
From what the little blurp on the catalog reads:
"To use, cut a piece from the sheet slightly larger than the part to be covered. Burnish down with your fingernail, soft cloth or toothpick. Then trim excess with a sharp no. 11 blade. Great for all chrome trim on cars and trucks, brightwork on aircraft, railroads and rockets."
But ad hype being what it is, I have no knowledge of how nice it looks. The picture they show is really bright and shiny, but is it the lights or what?
If anyone else tries this please post what you found.
Go to a hobby shop and buy Model Master Ultra-Bright Krome Foil. One package should be good for both doors. It is a little tricky to work with but the results are fantastic. Buy some new exacto knife blades too. I suggest removing the door panels so you can do it on a table.
ps. I use baby oil on my dash (just a little) it moisturizes and leaves a nice shine. Wipe it with a clean towel and it does not leave any oily residue. Armor-all is the spawn of the Devil!
Wow. Great information. I'm going to get some of that.
Now back to that flame...
I am anti-"AA". I hear it causes addiction. Anything sprayed with it must receive regular doses or they quickly become brittle, begin outgassing in a most unseemly manner, and eventually crack and split like mad.
Well, Core...in addition to the Bare Metal Foil etc you can get plastic "flash-chromed" (that's what was on there originally)...check the 'phone book for shops that specialize in that...few places do...big cities are your best bet...and it isn't cheap...unless you can get them to add your pieces to another, larger batch...the
foil "do-it-yourself" might be the answer...interesting to note that most responses
above are 'way off subject...don't people read ???...even after you reminded readers
of your original question!!!!...oh, well...everyone has their own axe to grind...yes, so do I...and I LIKE ARMORAL!!!...pardon me while I put on my Nomex suit... )
Leave it to an Armor All lover to ruin a perfectly good off topic flame war.....
We did get him some answers! Unfortunately the plastic piece on the panel is hard to find by itself, rechroming it would work if you could get it off the panel, painting it doesn't yield the results he wants, and the other techniques are at best, try it and see if you like it.
So the flame war was fun while we were thinking.........