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Afternoon all

I'd like to throw this one out there for thoughts and suggestions.  The brightwork trim (plastic and lacquer?) on various Jaguar models, specifically the trim above and/or around the windows, can, over time, become somewhat "milky" in appearance. It's not a tarnish, and neither does it respond to any form of polishing etc.

It is not apparent on our '07 XK but is beginning to appear on our '07 S-type.

Firstly, what have any members done to stop this effect starting in the first place?

Secondly, if it is apparent, is there any way of bringing the brightwork trim back to "as new"?

We were informed by one S-type owner that a fellow in the Midlands Jewellery Quarter area had managed to remove his window trim and chrome plate it.  Any views on that possibility?

The obvious remedy is to replace all the trim with new, but that's quite a costly exercise, as we are talking OEM here....no reproductions available as yet.

Thoughts and comments very welcome, to be filed away until needed!

As always, happy growling

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Post some pics up of the parts your talking about

re-chroming is more than likely dearer than replacing with new

I'd look on eBay for good second hand ones, second hand ones can go very cheap and there's plenty of people out there breaking cars, so they can be had for a bargain

also the younger generation of people having s-type because there retro look and been cheap, are replacing the chrome for the black gloss look, as its more modern, so chrome trims are on eBay regular

once you find good ones, if there cleaned regular and a good wax put on them they should last




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Hi Carole,

I have the same problem with the  C type.  I have tried everything but without success. I have even thought of painting the trim.

I will start trying other things when I have come cack from Italy and the weather is better.



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Thank you Joe.......I shall post some pics later..........we are just about to get up to eyes in garden fence replacement so car matters will not need to get mixed up with lump hammers and saws!    It seems this is quite a common problem; can't beat the old-fashioned chromed metal (as on Mk2, Mk9 etc etc) but in these days of keeping costs down....my partner remembers working on his '65 S-type where everything was screwed or bolted together, and there ws hardly any plastic anywhere.

Cheers and happy growling

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