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Old 17th June 2020, 05:23 PM
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Default How to keep your rings shiny.....

Following on from Amar's thread ( http://forum.a8parts.co.uk/showthread.php?t=15719 ) about the placement of missing boot rings and badges....
As well as realising my S8 badge was misplaced I also noticed the rings were grubby and surrounded by a horrible hard patina on the adjacent paint.

Then I remembered refurbishing some wheel caps a few years ago where the chrome 4-rings logos were equally encased in hardened crud.

The solution there (literally a solution!) was descaler. It brought them up shiny as new!
We live in a very hard water area and even though we have a water softener descaler solutions get regular use.
In this case it was HG Hagesan Blue which I buy in semi-industrial quantities and then "dilute as instructed".

It was very effective on my grotty-looking rings today (cunningly cropped from all photos of my boot badges) so I can at least show you the outcome after literally 2 minutes of work - spray on, sponge gently, rinse off and wipe dry! They were truly horrible before.
They still need a bit more attention to be perfect, maybe more descaler and an old toothbrush, but it's a massive improvement.

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Old 21st June 2020, 09:45 AM
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I cant help but feel that the Finbarr Saunders among us will be gagging over this post this morning ...... that said, thanks for the info Andrew. Even in soft water areas its hard to get rid of the usual accumulation of wax, dirt etc around, er, such trim. Do you have any "before" piccies? Also, doesn't the de-scaler, being, I guess, an acid based solution, do any harm? I must admit i would have hesitated before putting that on the trim or paintwork.
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Old 21st June 2020, 10:10 AM
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I cant help but feel that the Finbarr Saunders among us will be gagging over this post this morning ...... that said, thanks for the info Andrew. Even in soft water areas its hard to get rid of the usual accumulation of wax, dirt etc around, er, such trim. Do you have any "before" piccies? Also, doesn't the de-scaler, being, I guess, an acid based solution, do any harm? I must admit i would have hesitated before putting that on the trim or paintwork.
+1, particularly on the "before" pics. I'm very much a before and after man (he says, shamelessly hijacking the thread with unrelated pics ...)
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And my sauce too.

PS Sorry, but no before photos, I cropped them on my phone. But there was lichen...…. (say no more).
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2016 Volvo V40 T5 Cross Country (4WD) with ALL the toys including adaptive cruise etc. etc. Osmium Grey with Blonde/Charcoal leather interior. Polestar performance "optimisation". (A much rarer model than a D2 S8 by the way!)
Finally: gone, but not forgotten.....
1998 D2 PF S8. AgateGrey/Platinum. Every option (I think) except electric rear seats, tiptronic steering wheel, ski hatch, towbar & dimming door mirrors.
e.g. Cruise control, NavPlus/TV, Bose, GSM, Xenons, Solar roof, Parking sensors, Alcantara/leather everywhere of course. (internal dimming mirror added later)
1998 (very early) Ford Focus 1.8 Zetec; ABS/TCS, Heated screen/mirrors, Aircon, Auto-dim mirror, Leather, Trip computer, Cruise control, OEM Ford SatNav with CD changer.

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