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As you can see from the photos, my driver's side door sills is appearing brown and rusty. From what I've read it can't actually be rust so what is it?

Today I peeled off the plastic protective film to clean it off but I don't seem to be able to shift it with white spirits or Autoglym metal polish.

I'm sure there is a product out there to help me.

If you look at the photos there is what appears to be a patchy effect to the aluminium too. I think it might be residue from the plastic film but that doesn't seem to be very easy to remove either.

Can anyone advise products/techniques to remove it. I'd rather repair than shell out for a whole new set of door sills £££!
 

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I had the film left on mine on one side (the other came off cleanly). It is the glue of the protective film.

I ended up using the rough side of a washing up sponge / scrubber and soapy water. I didn't press too hard (very very gently) and made sure I scrubbed in the same direction as the brush lines on the aluminium. It took a while to get off (about an hour) but didn't leave any marks.

Don't know what you could use on the brown area, perhaps this may come off with a scrubber?
 

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I had to peel the film of mine due to coming off in places, this was a long hard job and was not best pleased as it took me around 45minutes each side but to remove the glue I used nail varnish remover but you have to get the film of first
 

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I'll give that a go, thanks.
Lots of elbow power needed then!
 

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some aluminium reacts with some chemicals so i would tread carefully with this one especially citrus based products , im presuming your on about the plastic protection that comes on the sills from factory?
I had it on mine, its the plastic that is over the aluminium strip. The dealer told me I should have taken it off upon delivery of the car. Alas, they failed to tell me that & I did not know it had a film over it. I spritzed some tardis on it & it wiped off straight away.
 

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Ok , alot of cars i see keep this on and for its full ownership , Its really hard not to accidently peel just a bit off as i know its like a religious thing to keep it on :)
I have seen some shaun with milky stains on from chemicals so always worth being a little cautious with these strips and window strips aswell...
 
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