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      01-18-2015, 08:00 PM   #1
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Why is the finish on interior trim pieces so f'in soft?

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Seriously, if you just look at it wrong it will scratch. I scratched the trim piece around the shift lever, iDrive wheel, etc using my finger to try and lightly rub out a smudge. Knowing that this piece is in a high traffic/use area why wouldn't Bmw make the finish more durable? Ridiculous.
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I find the b pillar trim is the worst

I rec using the ultrafine MF towels
The ones for fine polishing

Maybe prior use some detailing spray. And a MF towel super gently
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6500 miles on my car and not a single nick or scratch to be seen inside...and it's my beater. I don't know WTF you guys are doing in your cars...
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With my burl wood trim it can take a beating and 14,000 miles later it is in oerfect condition. I can see the aluminum or hex maybe scratching more easily though.
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Had that concern about the walnut burl so I replaced with m-performance carbon fiber.
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Its clear coated and it swirls very easily. It can be polished using a buffer I believe.
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6500 miles on my car and not a single nick or scratch to be seen inside...and it's my beater. I don't know WTF you guys are doing in your cars...
Same here and I drive it at least five days a week. Don't know what all the fuss is about.
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Its clear coated and it swirls very easily. It can be polished using a buffer I believe.
Yeah, that's what I'm going to do, polish out the scratches.
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6500 miles on my car and not a single nick or scratch to be seen inside...and it's my beater. I don't know WTF you guys are doing in your cars...
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Its clear coated and it swirls very easily. It can be polished using a buffer I believe.
Yeah, that's what I'm going to do, polish out the scratches.
I noticed the same on mine. When the sun hits the wood trim (which creates quite the glare) you can really see the swirl marks. Question is. How the heck did they get there? Microfiber cloth = sandpaper?
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I have piano black trim... I can tell you all about scratches. If it's just the clear coat, the below stuck works very well. You don't need to buff or rub to hard, a soft cloth and you are done in 10 secs (if it is deep ... past the clearcoat) it won't help but I was surprised by how well it works.

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I noticed the same on mine. When the sun hits the wood trim (which creates quite the glare) you can really see the swirl marks. Question is. How the heck did they get there? Microfiber cloth = sandpaper?
Honestly have no clue, I think its like that from the factory to be honest. A microfiber shouldn't cause that. Would be interesting to take a buffer to your wood trim and see what it does Dan!
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I have piano black trim... I can tell you all about scratches. If it's just the clear coat, the below stuck works very well. You don't need to buff or rub to hard, a soft cloth and you are done in 10 secs (if it is deep ... past the clearcoat) it won't help but I was surprised by how well it works.

Meguiar's G10307 ScratchX 2.0 - 7 oz
Yup, ScratchX and a microfiber towel easily sorts out most swirls.
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I got the aluminum trim from the M-Sport, it is very solid, after almost 2 years I haven't had a single scratch
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Anybody put a ceramic coating on it to see if that deters marks/swirls?
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I got the aluminum trim from the M-Sport, it is very solid, after almost 2 years I haven't had a single scratch
What about your steering wheel?
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6500 miles on my car and not a single nick or scratch to be seen inside...and it's my beater. I don't know WTF you guys are doing in your cars...
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The gloss black plastic bits are very swirl prone on every car I've seen. Same goes for the outside B pillar. Oh and dash cluster screen.
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The gloss black plastic bits are very swirl prone on every car I've seen. Same goes for the outside B pillar. Oh and dash cluster screen.
thats my experience too...getting the outside b-pillars to swirl-free perfection doesn't take a lot (5 mins w/ M205), but the swirls come back as fast as you can take them out. But that's the outside. The inside shouldn't be getting much traffic. Maybe you're wiping too often?
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I have piano black trim... I can tell you all about scratches. If it's just the clear coat, the below stuck works very well. You don't need to buff or rub to hard, a soft cloth and you are done in 10 secs (if it is deep ... past the clearcoat) it won't help but I was surprised by how well it works.

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I got the aluminum trim from the M-Sport, it is very solid, after almost 2 years I haven't had a single scratch
What about your steering wheel?
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In that pic it was wet as I just had washed
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Not sure what people expect in a cars interior. It's a place where you spend hours and we are not talking about diamond coated surfaces. They are plastic or painted with a water based clear coat. They are going to scratch. It's impossible to keep a car's interior (or exterior) perfect.
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