Best Way to Protect/Restore Different Parts?

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Best Way to Protect/Restore Different Parts?

Post by chrispbacon » Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:59 pm

I want to protect/restore different parts of rubber, plastic, or metal on the exterior of my Vibe and I'm not sure what to use? So for example:
  • Bottom Window Seal - I believe this is rubber but I'm not sure what to put on it? Also, for some reason, there's like white stuff on it that won't come out? I believe this might be paint but I'm not sure.

    Roof Rails Base - I'm not sure but I think this is metal or plastic?

    Windshield Perimeter - I think this is rubber too?

    Sun Roof Gasket/Trim - I also think this is rubber? Not sure?

    Inner Door Weather Seal - Also think this is rubber?
I read somewhere else that people use dielectric grease to protect some parts. Just not sure what to use where or what they are made of. Any insight would be very helpful. I've attached pics for clarity.
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Re: Best Way to Protect/Restore Different Parts?

Post by Caretaker » Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:36 pm

once our nearest star dries out the rubber and it begins to get a crusty hardness, I don't think much can be done. I use Mcguiar's Back to Black with some success; but the sun always wins.
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Re: Best Way to Protect/Restore Different Parts?

Post by vibrologist » Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:32 am

There is a youtube channel on detailing that may be of interest to you:
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Re: Best Way to Protect/Restore Different Parts?

Post by jolt » Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:35 pm

It is the UV that does rubber in. You what to find something that has a lot of UV blocker in it. I have used Meguiar's M5716SP Marine/RV Vinyl & Rubber Cleaner & Protectant in the past; ... B0000AY4YJ . 303 products are also good for this purpose ; ... 20Products . Do not use interior UV protection products for the outside rubber parts. Most of the interior stuff is water based, while the exterior UV protection stuff is oil based. On the outside, the water based protection will wash off.

I pour the liquid into a small dish or cup, after shaking the spray bottle, and apply the liquid to the rubber with a small foam painting brush. That way I have a lot better control of where the liquid is going. Spraying this stuff on just makes a mess all over the place. By bushing the stuff on, I can get nice even coverage of the rubber. I leave it on over night and then wipe or buff the next day as most of it will be gone and the rubber parts will get maxim amount of the product soaked in. The foam paint bushes are cheap at the hardware store and work very well for this application.

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Re: Best Way to Protect/Restore Different Parts?

Post by chrispbacon » Wed Mar 27, 2019 5:25 pm

Thank youh for all your suggestions. i read up on 303 folling your advise and everywhere i looked it had phenkmenal reviews so I just order a bottle. Apparantly it treats and restores plastic amd rubber. This is perfect.And thank you for the project sweet cars channel link. did not know about it but awesome chamnel. they had one video explaining how 303 extends tire life. mucb appreciated.

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Re: Best Way to Protect/Restore Different Parts?

Post by ColonelPanic » Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:11 am

303 is fantastic stuff. There's also a version with a sponge applicator that makes quick work of applying it to weatherstripping. Link
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