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So I just bought a 2011 Altima 2.5 4dr Sedan in silver and its a base model. Trying to do a little detailing and can't seem to figure some things out.

1. There seems to be what looks like water spots on the outside of the front and back side windows. They do not come off with RainX window cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Anyone else have this problem and any idea how to get them off?

2. Does anyone know if my molding/trim is actual chrome or if its the chrome colored plastic? Whatever it is, its discolored...almost looks like water spots but someone told me it could be oxidation which I don't really know what that is. Anyways, when I wash the car its looks beautiful and flawless but as soon as it dries it back to being ugly again. Any suggestions?

3. Before I got it there was a dealership sticker on the back and someone peeled it off. Now its just ugly black glue there in the shape of the sticker...how do I get that off? I was thinking Goo Gone but not sure if it will take off the paint.

4. The piece on the outside of the rear driver's side door is missing. Not sure what its called but I'm assuming maybe a bumper guard or something. The front driver's side piece needs to be replaced too. So where would I order there from and about what is the cost of each piece?

Sorry for all the questions and to sound so nit picky but I'm an Uber driver and like my car to look flawless if possible. Anything you can answer would be extremely helpful. Thanks in advance!
 

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Do your window spots have texture? Do they come off with a razor blade? Trim is always plastic these days....

I would invest in some of the water based GooGone (plastic spray bottle, not the lighter fluid tin) and try that on the window spots too. It should also remove the dealer badge glue safely from your paintwork. Just use it on the affected area in case you have some kind of polish that it dulls.

The door trim pieces are called 'Side Guard Moldings', check out EXT page EXT-48. You can get them online from folks like Tasca. Only problem is painting may be required.

HTH

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Thanks for the advice! The spots on the windows do not have texture. You can only see them and mainly when the sun is shining on them. Should I try the goo gone for the discolored chrome colored molding/trim too?
 

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Thanks for the advice! The spots on the windows do not have texture. You can only see them and mainly when the sun is shining on them. Should I try the goo gone for the discolored chrome colored molding/trim too?
No, the glass will be much more resilient to chemical 'attacks'. Figure out what works first there, then try a little on a corner of a chrome coated plastic part to make sure you don't remove the chrome!

Your best bet for the chrome and guard pieces might be a wrecker if the spots are stubborn.

I'm wondering if the spot might actually be an acid etch--in which case googone won't work (I though originally it might be old pine sap drips). Try polishing/buffing a small section of the glass with toothpaste to see if it start to slowly vanish.
 

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Thanks! Any kind of toothpaste in particular or any kind to avoid? Yes the discoloration on the plastic chrome is looks like it might be acidic related. Also, you said I may need to use a wrecked...what is that?

One more question...what forum would I post under to ask about possible causes of engine vibration?
 

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Thanks for the advice! The spots on the windows do not have texture. You can only see them and mainly when the sun is shining on them. Should I try the goo gone for the discolored chrome colored molding/trim too?
Can you post pics of the items?

Maybe the window was tinted before and all the glue was not removed. Hard to think what would mark glass like that.
Make sure you clean goo gone areas with soap and water after to wash off the 'chemicals'.
Goo gone works great, use your hair dryer to heat up the glue makes it faster to remove. Use low heat and move it around in circles or high heat and move back about 12 inches and move in circles to even out the heat.

You can also buy chrome spray paint, remove the parts and spray in your garage before you buy new ones or go to a salvage yard.
 

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Thanks! Any kind of toothpaste in particular or any kind to avoid? Yes the discoloration on the plastic chrome is looks like it might be acidic related. Also, you said I may need to use a wrecked...what is that?

One more question...what forum would I post under to ask about possible causes of engine vibration?
If it doesn't harm your teeth, it's ok to use on glass.

'wrecked' = Recycled Automotive Parts

Post under your model and year range, but I can almost certainly tell you to check your engine mounts for tears for starters.
 

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I'm attaching a pic of the plastic chrome discoloration and a pic of the water spot type marks on the windows. My windows are tinted but the spots are on the outside of the glass.

I'll YouTube how to check the engine mounts tonight. Thanks again.
 

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Look like hard water spots. If buffing with toothpaste doesn't help, try a mild solution of CLR on a soft cloth.



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Oh I would have never thought of that! Great idea! I'm gonna give the toothpaste a try tomorrow and if that doesn't work I'll try the CLR. I'll report back in a day or two and let y'all know how it goes. Thanks again ?
 
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