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Old 03-10-2011, 06:44 PM
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Chrome mirror covers peeling

So i know the best solution is to buy real WK Chrome or platnum mirrors but that is way out of my price range.

I found a matching set of the platinum overland mirrors on Ebay for $140 each, ive seen them in person and you cant really tell its not chrome. I cant find any OE Chrome mirrors off the 08+ any where and i am sure they are way too much $$ for a poor bastard like myself.

So for the last 2 years ive had chrome mirror covers. Each time after winter the chrome finish degrades. I had one set last year and it was a bear to take them off w/o doing major damage to the oe mirror.

I bought a different brand this time and again peeling, but this is by far the worst its been. Its only on my drivers side mirror for some reason but it looks terrible.

I am sure its directly related to buying cheap ebay ($40) covers but why is this happening?

I am going to remove these and give it one more try and break down and spend the $75 on PUTCO brand mirror covers, unless i end up rolling in cash suddenly and can afford the overland mirrors on ebay.

Is there anything that i can do for chromed plastic to stop this from happening again? Is it just the road salt? I dont use car washes.
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:06 PM
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Re: Chrome mirror covers peeling

my dad has a 2004 f-150 with chrome plastic mirror covers. same thing happens, and IMO u get what u pay for. i think you should sand down the stock mirrors like i did and paint to match. it would look great and be cheaper than buying the overland mirrors. it looks like u like the chromed out look but im just suggesting a more affordable idea before u spend $500 worth on plastic covers.
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:21 PM
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Re: Chrome mirror covers peeling

i have the putco ones and i live in buffalo where winters are horrible and they are not peeling, ive had them on for 3 years now with no problem, i go through the car wash too a good amount and still no peeling or cracking look just as good as when i bought them.
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Old 03-11-2011, 07:13 AM
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Re: Chrome mirror covers peeling

I guess then its because i bought cheap ebay covers and not putco covers, putco seems to be the major brand name in chrome stick on accessories.

I am totally about the chromed out look, i like all the stock chrome and mirrors. I dont even want chrome door handles, i dont want to over do it, the mirrors just look better chrome IMHO on my wk.
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Re: Chrome mirror covers peeling

Are they turning a greenish color? I've seen that happen a lot on chromed plastic accessories. My wife's got some chromed plastic tailight "guards" on her WK that do that. I polish them out with a simple chrome polish by hand (elbow grease) until they are back to new and wax over top...that helps a lot, but I need to do it a few times per winter to keep up with it. If you let it go too long, you'll probably never get back to the original finish. I think it's purely road salt that does it. This only happens in the thick of the winter months.
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Re: Chrome mirror covers peeling

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I bought a different brand this time and again peeling, but this is by far the worst its been. Its only on my drivers side mirror for some reason but it looks terrible.
can you post a pic? I've bought 2 chromed license plate frames. The first peeled after the first winter. I clear coated the second frame and so far it's holding up, but winter is not over yet.
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Re: Chrome mirror covers peeling

I have some pics i took today, i will post them later.

They are not turning green at all, the chrome is literally peeling off the plastic in flakes.
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