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Old 07-01-2005, 01:33 PM
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What do you use to shine/clean the black plastic trim?

I'm not a big fan of Armorall at all. What are you using to keep the black plastic trim clean, shiny and protected against UV graying?
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Old 07-01-2005, 02:06 PM
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that looks like great stuff. How often do you have to apply it?
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Old 07-01-2005, 02:11 PM
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I use Aerospace 303. Very happy with it. Use it once a month or so.
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Old 07-01-2005, 02:21 PM
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Don't forget to use the Vinylex on your dash, doors, and tires.
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Old 07-01-2005, 03:08 PM
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What to use on black trim

Thanks, I need to go to Pep Boys anyway so I'll be looking for Vinylex.
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Old 07-01-2005, 03:23 PM
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I use Aerospace 303. Very happy with it. Use it once a month or so.
Great product, although hard to find in my area
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Old 07-01-2005, 05:15 PM
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For little more than the cost of a little less 'butter in your snack-wich, I use the peanut butter, and than cleans like a champ! I'm in the South Florida sun too, and no fading once it does its magic. It truly cleans the wax off. Maybe PB and vinylex for protection? Yummy .
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Old 07-01-2005, 07:19 PM
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My tries with peanut oil gets the wax white streaks gone, but they come back fast if it rains alot.
Getting the bulk of the wax covered with any oil will work, and it looks good for a few days. The main thing seems to be keeping the oils on/in the plastic.
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Old 07-01-2005, 08:11 PM
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I'm using Mothers - "Back to Black" which does pretty good
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Old 07-01-2005, 08:21 PM
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I'm using Mothers - "Back to Black" which does pretty good
I have heard that over time it tends to go grey.
I have no experience with it.
Anything that leaves an oil /protective cover would be best.
Just my guess.
I'm playing with stuff:smile:
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Old 07-01-2005, 08:39 PM
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Any one familiar with BLACK BEAUTY??

Checkout this rubber treatment product info sheet on Black Beauty by Well-Worth Products at http://wellworthproducts.com/tech/2002t.pdf
This stuff looks like it would be a winner for MINIs. I'm going to get some and try it.
Any one familiar with this stuff or used it??
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I use Forever Black on my plastic trim. It supposedly re-dyes the plastic. Whatever it does, it works great, and the best part is that it lasts through numerous car washes before you need to do it again.
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Old 07-01-2005, 08:52 PM
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First, I'll state that I'm a 303 user, and happy so far.

Now, here's a less-than-likely source for 303 you might have in your neighborhood -- REI. Yep, Recreational Equipment Incorporated.

They keep it in the kayak section, for treating said marine portage devices.
12(?) and 16-oz sizes, I believe.

Finally, a note about peanut butter -- it rocks! Just remember to clean thoroughly, and you won't get squirrel footprints on the cladding from little buggers trying for that last smidgen of buttery goodness you missed when you last washed your MINI.

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Old 07-01-2005, 09:23 PM
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i use autoglym bumper care.. great matte finish, just a bit of shine to it but looks great after an application

every 2 wash though i'd need to reapply it... it also seems to attract A LOT of dust
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Old 07-01-2005, 10:29 PM
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The reps at the Meguiars shop I was at had no clue about peanut oil
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Old 07-01-2005, 10:38 PM
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Meguires Gold Class trim detailer it is a cream not liquid works great. Side note: Meguires nxt Tech protectant for tires.
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Old 07-01-2005, 10:49 PM
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Meguires Gold Class trim detailer it is a cream not liquid works great. Side note: Meguires nxt Tech protectant for tires.
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Old 07-03-2005, 03:11 AM
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what do people use for the textured plastic gutters and windshield moldings? and also the rubber weatherstripping of the doors and boot?
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Old 07-03-2005, 04:39 AM
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Well I will have to try this stuff out sounds like it is well worth the purchase.
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Old 07-03-2005, 06:53 AM
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303 Protectant is great stuff. For the exterior plastic, BradB put me on to this stuff, which lasts longer on the exterior. I still use the Zaino plastic/rubber treatment or 303 on the interior.


Meguiar’s #40 Rubber cleaner/conditioner: BradB’s recommended engine rubber conditioner. I believe he also favors it for the wheel arches (exterior textured hard plastic) on his MINI’s arches. http://store.yahoo.com/cgi-bin/clin...meg-m-4016.html 30oz for $10
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Old 07-03-2005, 09:08 PM
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I use Vinylex and very happy with it.
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Old 07-03-2005, 10:42 PM
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I've been using Mother's "Back to Black" and am NOT happy with it, dulls in about a week in Nevada, I was going to try something else and will try the Vinylex. I've used 303 on a Miata vinyl top and it lasted pretty well but had a film which transferred to the window when the top was folded. Don't know if it would attract dust.
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Old 07-05-2005, 09:32 AM
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3M Adhesive remover to remove white wax marks from black trim.


Trim Shine to shine and protect black trim.

Rain - X for rims to prevent brake dust from sticking
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Old 07-05-2005, 09:47 AM
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I like the Rain-X idea.
Dust be a pain.
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Old 07-06-2005, 12:31 PM
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Another vote for Meguiar's #40 cleaner. Great stuff.
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