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With the big bumpers on the late '02s has anyone tried this product: Marine 31 Finish Cut Metal Restoring Polish?  

 

http://www.superiorcarcare.net/marine-31-metal-polish.html

 

It would only work on bumpers that have had the anodizing buffed out, as the bumpers on both of our '02s have.  If you've used it I'd be interested in your review of the product.

 

In the past I've been using both Flitz and Semichrome, but this looked like an interesting product.

 

Bob Napier

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On a related subject, I'm having the anodization removed and and the bumpers polished but the shop can't clear coat. My question is whether they should be clear coated or not? I read an earlier comment by Bob Napier, that he did not clear coat his.

 

Thanks. -Raine

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On a related subject, I'm having the anodization removed and and the bumpers polished but the shop can't clear coat. My question is whether they should be clear coated or not? I read an earlier comment by Bob Napier, that he did not clear coat his.

 

Thanks. -Raine

I wouldn't do it (apply a clear coat) if it were my car.  I'm presuming you keep your car in the garage most of the time anyway.

 

Can you pm me where you got your bumpers polished?  I'm considering polishing my sunroof pieces myself but am curious about local places.

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I just sent this to another member of this board a few minutes ago:

 

 
Regarding our annodized bumpers, what we've had done on both our cars is have the annodize buffed out at a professional shop across the line in Mexico, where they have few, if any, EPA-type restrictions. Living right on the border allows us this kind of access. Cost about 7 yrs. ago for both the front and back on my car was around $75, with Malicha's about $100, 5 yrs ago.
 
Since then about once a year, or less, I clean the wax off with a good "Wax & Silicone" remover (that does not harm cured paint), rub out the bumper by hand with either Semichrome or Flitz metal polish, then re-wax by hand with One Grand Carnauba Blitz Wax. This keeps our bumpers nice and shiny.
 
Bob Napier
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I just sent this to another member of this board a few minutes ago:

 

 
Regarding our annodized bumpers, what we've had done on both our cars is have the annodize buffed out at a professional shop across the line in Mexico, where they have few, if any, EPA-type restrictions. Living right on the border allows us this kind of access. Cost about 7 yrs. ago for both the front and back on my car was around $75, with Malicha's about $100, 5 yrs ago.
 
Since then about once a year, or less, I clean the wax off with a good "Wax & Silicone" remover (that does not harm cured paint), rub out the bumper by hand with either Semichrome or Flitz metal polish, then re-wax by hand with One Grand Carnauba Blitz Wax. This keeps our bumpers nice and shiny.
 
Bob Napier

 

Thanks, Bob.

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A few days ago I was passed by Car that appeared to entirely chrome plated. I know this i done with some kind of plastic film.

Worth checking into.

It was probably a wrap. There IS a method to do a chrome-like paint, but it's expensive. If it was a Cadillac CTS coupe, then it was a wrap. That guy works at my building.

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Yes, it was a Cadillac CTS and I'm amazed that you know about it. Do you know if that process is suitable for bumpers, who does it and what is it called.

Never mind, I just googled "car wrap" and it's everywhere.

Must be several of these running around.. I've seen one (possibly with DC or MD plates) driving on the Capital Beltway several times...it also has an President Obama picture on the sides. 

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In case anyone is contemplating actually chrome plating aluminum bumpers, CoupeKing restored mine that way.  It looks pretty good from a few feet away but the finish has a few small waves and there are a couple of small chips.  The underside, however, has plenty of irregularities.  I'm not a fan of chrome-plated aluminum.

 

Thanks Bob and Scott for the photos.  By the way, these were taken at Swap & Show, coming up on 3 May in 2014.

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