Aluminum Strips below Doors - Mercedes Benz SLK Forum

AMGs For those high performance Mercedes-Benz R170/R171/R172 cars tuned by AMG

 6Likes
  • 1 Post By jbanks15
  • 1 Post By SunBurst:2018
  • 1 Post By jbanks15
  • 1 Post By Mountainaire
  • 1 Post By Terminal
  • 1 Post By SunBurst:2018
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
#1 Old 1 Week Ago
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Florida
Vehicle: 2015 SLK 55 AMG Red
Posts: 71
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 30 Post(s)
Thanks: 6
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
(Thread Starter)
Aluminum Strips below Doors

My SLK55 has strips of brushed aluminum below the doors, and I noticed some new scratches below the passenger-side door. I’m probably more careful about not dragging my feet over the aluminum strips than most of my passengers. Is there a good way to remove scratches from brushed aluminum or is it better put some wax on the scratches to reduce oxidation and ignore the scratches? I'm guessing that the brushed aluminum is covered by clear coat and rubbing off the clear coat might increase oxidation of the aluminum. Has anyone had a similar problem and found a good solution?
SunBurst:2018 is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 Old 1 Week Ago
Super Moderator/Founding Member

 
jbanks15's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Valrico, Florida
Vehicle: 2009 SLK 55 AMG Kleemann Supercharger, ECU tune, Headers and LSD, CF Diffuser
Posts: 87,944
Country:
Chats: 38
Mentioned: 404 Post(s)
Tagged: 5 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6181 Post(s)
Thanks: 3,195
Thanked 10,712 Times in 8,105 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by SunBurst:2018 View Post
My SLK55 has strips of brushed aluminum below the doors, and I noticed some new scratches below the passenger-side door. I’m probably more careful about not dragging my feet over the aluminum strips than most of my passengers. Is there a good way to remove scratches from brushed aluminum or is it better put some wax on the scratches to reduce oxidation and ignore the scratches? I'm guessing that the brushed aluminum is covered by clear coat and rubbing off the clear coat might increase oxidation of the aluminum. Has anyone had a similar problem and found a good solution?
Sorry...been there...done that....
I had to get replacements for a 'ding' in one of mine
SunBurst:2018 likes this.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Jeff, US Army Master Sergeant Retired
2009 SLK 55 AMG Black/Black
Kleemann Supercharger thread here:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Kleemann ECU Tune, headers and downpipes thread here:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Wavetrac LSD thread here:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Albums:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

ClearBra
OEM MB Plexiglass Draught Stop
Smarttop version 3.22
Previous - 02 SLK 320, 05 SLK 350
jbanks15 is online now  
#3 Old 1 Day Ago
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Florida
Vehicle: 2015 SLK 55 AMG Red
Posts: 71
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 30 Post(s)
Thanks: 6
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
(Thread Starter)
I don’t like seeing scratches on the aluminum, but the scratches are relatively minor and not deep enough to justify replacing the aluminum strip. I used Meguiar’s ScratchX 2.0 to reduce the visibility of the scratches and then waxed the aluminum with Meguiar’s Ultimate Paste Wax. The results are not perfect, but I was satisfied with the results. What surprised me was finding black stains on my microfiber polishing cloth after I used the ScratchX. This indicates to me that the aluminum strip was not covered with a clear coat, which was what I expected. Unlike chrome polish, which tends to make brushed aluminum look shiny, the ScratchX does not seem to have much effect on the brushed-aluminum look.
Avel Du likes this.
SunBurst:2018 is online now  
 
#4 Old 1 Day Ago
Super Moderator/Founding Member

 
jbanks15's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Valrico, Florida
Vehicle: 2009 SLK 55 AMG Kleemann Supercharger, ECU tune, Headers and LSD, CF Diffuser
Posts: 87,944
Country:
Chats: 38
Mentioned: 404 Post(s)
Tagged: 5 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6181 Post(s)
Thanks: 3,195
Thanked 10,712 Times in 8,105 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by SunBurst:2018 View Post
I don’t like seeing scratches on the aluminum, but the scratches are relatively minor and not deep enough to justify replacing the aluminum strip. I used Meguiar’s ScratchX 2.0 to reduce the visibility of the scratches and then waxed the aluminum with Meguiar’s Ultimate Paste Wax. The results are not perfect, but I was satisfied with the results. What surprised me was finding black stains on my microfiber polishing cloth after I used the ScratchX. This indicates to me that the aluminum strip was not covered with a clear coat, which was what I expected. Unlike chrome polish, which tends to make brushed aluminum look shiny, the ScratchX does not seem to have much effect on the brushed-aluminum look.
If you make it to our oct meet in lakeland, you can show the members your handiwork
SunBurst:2018 likes this.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Jeff, US Army Master Sergeant Retired
2009 SLK 55 AMG Black/Black
Kleemann Supercharger thread here:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Kleemann ECU Tune, headers and downpipes thread here:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Wavetrac LSD thread here:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Albums:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

ClearBra
OEM MB Plexiglass Draught Stop
Smarttop version 3.22
Previous - 02 SLK 320, 05 SLK 350
jbanks15 is online now  
#5 Old 23 Hours Ago
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: New Mexico
Vehicle: 2012 slk 350
Posts: 87
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 18 Post(s)
Thanks: 9
Thanked 13 Times in 13 Posts
start with 1000 grit and keep going up and polish it out. If you need a source for the polish disk let me know. I work with plastic which is the about the same. Same disk and polish.
SunBurst:2018 likes this.
Mountainaire is offline  
#6 Old 21 Hours Ago
Registered Users
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: London
Vehicle: 05 55
Other Toys: My little Pony
Posts: 1,531
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 57 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 505 Post(s)
Thanks: 41
Thanked 100 Times in 96 Posts
I thought they were stainless steel....
SunBurst:2018 likes this.
Terminal is online now  
#7 Old 21 Hours Ago
Premium Member
 
Windinmyhair's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Cotswolds
Vehicle: 2014 SLK r172 200AMG blue efficiency petrol Auto
Other Toys: Lots of tools
Posts: 1,397
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 297 Post(s)
Thanks: 50
Thanked 122 Times in 117 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Terminal View Post
I thought they were stainless steel....
The ones on my R172 certainly are.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Windinmyhair is online now  
#8 Old 1 Hour Ago
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Florida
Vehicle: 2015 SLK 55 AMG Red
Posts: 71
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 30 Post(s)
Thanks: 6
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
(Thread Starter)
I was told by several people that the illuminated door sills below the doors of an SLK55 were brushed aluminum. After Mercedes did an outstanding job of researching the question for me, I’m 99.9 percent certain that the door sills are brushed stainless steel instead of brushed aluminum. I would like to thank Terminal and Windinmyhair for mentioning that they thought the door sills were stainless steel.
Terminal likes this.
SunBurst:2018 is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Lower Navigation
Go Back   Mercedes Benz SLK Forum > General Discussion about Mercedes Benz SLKs > AMGs

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Upload your files to MEGAUPLOAD
Upload your images to ImageShack

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes Benz SLK Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 4 (2 members and 2 guests)
Terminal, SunBurst:2018
User Tag List




Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
LSD doors vs Vertical Doors - which is better? Hakaze General Modifications R171 39 08-27-2016 12:34 PM
Mercedes looks to add aluminum in next generation C class Berliner Heckflosse Off Topic 0 08-01-2016 06:00 PM
Anybody have Lambo doors? Have problem with closing shut Pam C SLK R170 General Discussion 14 01-07-2016 05:15 PM
LSD Doors (Need your Vote) noregret4life General Modifications R171 25 03-24-2007 12:07 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome
 

Clubs, Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.