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Old 07-27-2008, 07:59 AM
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Aluminium Running Board Question?

Was just wondering if anybody else has had a problem with the running boards becoming stained? and does anyone know what to use to clean them?
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Yes, plenty of previous threads on this. I've used an aluminium cleaner then applied a good quality wax.

The stains I have are a milky appearance and appear to weap from the black studs. It started after my dealer used a strong detergent to wash the car after a service.
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Old 07-27-2008, 10:54 AM
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Fastbuck,

I would have made them replace them free of charge.

If the car is still under warrenty then you should be able to get new ones as if it discolours, it is not fit for the purpose intended, Sales of goods act.

Also i will not let the dealer wash my car, all presure washer detergents are that strong that they knock the hell out of paintwork or trim. I would not wash my cabs of my wagons off with them as they knackered the paint and lettering, alright though for thye chassis.
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Old 07-27-2008, 11:01 AM
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Was just wondering if anybody else has had a problem with the running boards becoming stained? and does anyone know what to use to clean them?
3M stainless steel cleaner is your best friend.
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Also i will not let the dealer wash my car, all presure washer detergents are that strong that they knock the hell out of paintwork or trim.
So are you saying I shouldn't go thru that touchless car washing tunnel at the gas station? If it's true, then I guess I'll have to hand wash it myself.
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I would have made them replace them free of charge.
They offered, but I thought they'd probably screw something else up in the process. I got free reign on their accessories book as compensation. They later ballsed up a SW upgrade and I stung them for a free service for that.
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my experience

i went thru this also..
brought to dealer, and had bmw rep inspect the staining.
they wouldnt budge and blamed car wash.
called my local hands free car wash and they actually admitted that wheel cleaning fluid could be the issue, that it can affect alum trims.
i didnt think it was worth a fight with either party, esp car wash, whom ive used for years with no probs, so i have avoided wheel wash in the tunnel.
i spent half hour and a little elbow grease with some meguiars cleaner wax and it looked and stayed better for several months.
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Old 07-28-2008, 04:48 AM
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Thanks you guys. Ive made the dealer replace them once already, and i dnt think they will do it again. I guess i will have to try some good old fashioned DIY this time.
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