Aluminum trip

Kramer79

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Thanks to Mopar Dan I have replaced my two dented wheel well trim pieces. I assume these are aluminum - i tried vinegar and steel wool, any suggestions on how to rebrighten the trip?
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You can't really brighten it up. They are aluminum but are clear anodized over a "bright dip" type of coating. The only way to get it bright and shiny again is to strip the anodizing and bright dip off and then polish the bare aluminum. Problem with that is it then needs constant care and polishing or it starts to turn dull and whitish fairly quick. I stripped and buffed all the window trim on my Aspen, and I need to use a polish (I use Griot's Garage Metal Polish) every couple months, and it spends 95% of it's life indoors. I tried an aluminum protectant (like Zoop Seal) but it didn't really seem to help much.

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Thanks, I think I may just roll with it! It’s not like it’s a rust free wagon so I can’t get too crazy… yet!
 

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I actually just removed mine and kept the rocker trim. I like how it looks on a Fifth Avenue, but it might look goofy on a woody wagon. Don't know.
 

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I really thought the chrome would polish up fine but i guess i was wrong. I got the windshield trim (still haven't put it on) from it and polished it with some Never-Dull but it didn't really do much. The strange thing is the bumpers and the grill are shiny, so go figure
 
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