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Re: Wood Treatment

Yes, the "pledge"-type treatments often produce a dust-attracting buildup
over time. If your late-model Audi's wood trim has had no more than a
penetrating-oil treatment (which I doubt), then an every-so-often
application (6 mo-1 yr?) of something like "danish" oil (which is a
hardening, penetrating linseed-oil based concoction) might be the ticket.

However I'd imagine your trim does likely have a thin coat of surface
finish--possibly lacquer, which protects but doesn't hide the wood grain.
In that case, I'd still suggest no more than the occasional wiping with a
soft cloth (very slightly dampened, esp. if some surface soiling needs to
be removed). Avoid wax, oil etc.


>There doesn't appear to be any resin over the wood.  When brush your fingers
>over it you can feel the grain.  I want to keep it that way so I am trying to
>figure out the best way.  I thought that once heard something bad about pledge
>but I can't remember exactly.
>Phil Rose wrote:
>> >Date: Wed, 10 Mar 1999 15:15:03 -0800
>> >From: David Lola <djl@alanex.com>
>> >Subject: Wood Treatment
>> >
>> >Any good suggestions on what to use for maintaining the wood in our
>> >Audi's?  Will Pledge
>> >some type of wood oil suffice?
>> >
>> >David Lola
>> >'99 2.8 A4Q
>> If this is similar to the glassy-smooth "wood" trim as we have in older
>> Audis, you really don't _have_ wood to maintain. You have to deal with the
>> thick, plastic resin finish, which covers (obscures, IMHO) a beautiful
>> wood-grain surface below it :(.
>> Mainly avoid scratching, or cracking the finish--dust gently with a
>> (slightly damp, if possible) cloth, and, if needed, clean with a mild
>> cleaner--probably the manual gives suggestions. But there's no need (or
>> benefit) for traditional wood maintenance such as rubbing in tung or
>> linseed oil, etc.
>> Phil Rose                               Rochester, NY
>> '91 200q                                mailto:pjrose@servtech.com
>> '89 100

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