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Like most members on this forum the "chrome" trim on my 2004 330ci was badly oxidized when I bought the car two years ago. I quickly found out that the trim was not chrome but was in fact anodized aluminum. Over the years I have tried several polishes but nothing worked. About a year ago I found a kit offered by Bavarian Autosport made specifically for this issue but the $60 price tag made me hesitate. After a few more failed attempts with other products I broke down and bought the kit. Here are my results.

The kit includes a bottle of cleaner, a roll of masking tape, 2000 grit sandpaper, a bottle of aluminum deoxidizer, an applicator, a bottle of aluminum deoxidizer remover and an instructional disc.

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Here is what the trim looked like before.

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I am not going to make this a how to because the supplied video does a good job of walking you through the process.

However, I will tell you to go ahead and tape all edges. I have some buffing to do on one side because I was a little sloppy with the sanding.

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Here is the finished product.

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I am very pleased with the results. It is not perfect but it is a huge improvement. Overall, I would give the kit a B+. I will update the thread once I see how well it holds up. If anyone is interested in the kit it is part number 07500100002 at Bavarian Autosport.
 

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Nice job. FYI, Klasse AIO is an excellent de-oxidizer as well on chrome & aluminium. You can try that as a final step on top of this product.
 

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Nice results. Makes be wonder, though, if simply wet-sanding w/ 2000 grit would do the trick.
After I finished wet sanding it didn't look bright and shiny. It was like polishing your paint but not applying sealant or wax. The "aluminum deoxidizer" is a water based sealant that dries on the trim like a clear coat. This appears to be what you are paying for. I have tried the $4 Noxon product as well as several other polishes but they just temporarily make it look better because they do not protect the trim.

Below is a link to the "how to" videos.

http://www.classictrimcoat.com/testimonials.html
 

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Nice job. FYI, Klasse AIO is an excellent de-oxidizer as well on chrome & aluminium. You can try that as a final step on top of this product.
The final step up this kit is a sealant so the Klasse would most likely remove it. It may be a good first step to eliminate some of the sanding.
 

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Noxon metal polish will do the same thing for about 4 bucks
Noxon was one of the last things I tried before buying this kit. It would make the trim look better for a short period of time but then the oxidation would come back. This kit seals the trim so hopefully it will keep the oxidation from coming back.
 

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So far WD40 is the best temporary solution I've found.

I was thinking about brushing my trim instead of restoring or painting it. Probably just wetsand it with 1500 slowly
 
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