Posted by Gilbert on February 17, 1999 at 18:10:41:
In Reply to: Aluminum trim, comment? posted by ian on February 17, 1999 at 16:57:18:
I personally don't like how plastic modern wood trim looks. (no matter if it's BMW's, Mercedes', Bentley's)They have to poly it so many times that it looks plastic to me. (just wanted to let you know about my personal bias.)
I have the aluminum trim. Love it. I have even been considering getting the aluminum shift knob to complete the interior. Mike is right about the glaring. If the sun catches it right and you are not wearing sunglasses, it can be a nuisance. As far as finger prints are concerned, I don't have any problem buffing them out. Aluminum, however, can scratch easy. (probably not any easier than finish on wood.) I haven't yet had scratching problems, but I assume at somepoint the piece around the shifter will get scratched. My bicycle is burnished aluminum as well, and I have no problems with it's finish. (Other than scratches from rocks, dirt, mud.) Aluminum is fairly corrosive resistant. (Not as resistant as stainless or Ti.) I can't imagine sweating on it to an extent that would seriously affect it. (My bicycle doesn't have any sweat 'burns' on it.) It should last a long time if you care for it correctly.