What do you use on your outside trim to preserve it?

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forlornb4
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What do you use on your outside trim to preserve it?

Postby forlornb4 » Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:11 pm

My vibe is salsa with the grey trim around the bottom of the car. Sorry but I don't know what that trim is called so I found it hard to search for this answer. My trim was looking streaked and dry so I stopped into a car dealership and asked their detailing person what he recommended on the trim. He first said ArmorAll, but I mentioned that I didn't want something sticky since I have to drive on a mile long dirt driveway. He gave me some of his "special mix" and said use this it won't be sticky. Well I did and now my salsa car has TAN dirt trim. Any ideas on a better product that will preserve the plastic but not cause dust to stick?
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Re: What do you use on your outside trim to preserve it? (forlornb4)

Postby victorhasheart » Wed Jul 07, 2010 4:18 pm

I had the same problem. My friend introduced my to this product he used on his truck plastic clad. It not only protects it, but also brings out the refinish color of the clad.


http://www.wickedproducts.com/....html

Its the Great White Protectant

I live really close to the factory, so I was able to drive and pick up a gallon of it, but I think you can order it online. They have it in a spray bottle available online.

PLUS it smells like bananas!

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Postby houseofbugs » Wed Jul 07, 2010 4:25 pm

I use this stuff called refinish restorer. Works great and lasts about 6 months.

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Postby cptnsolo77 » Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:31 pm

6 months? How does it last after a heavy rain? That product is next on my list. Had to do some scheduled maintenance, so protecting the cladding took a back seat lol.
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Re: What do you use on your outside trim to preserve it? (forlornb4)

Postby bassplayaz06 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:13 am

Mothers Back To Black. find it at walmart, advance auto, auto zone, where ever. i talked to the guy at the chevy dealership here and he uses it once ever 6 months on his corvette. i've used it for about a year and it does the job. just dont use too much soap when washing it cause it makes it go away. it's basically silicone in a bottle that you rub into the plastic.

another thing you could do that's fast is spray tire shine on it. instant darkening.

bug and tar cleaner kills the plastic, so never use that crap on it. i learned this from experience.

just a small cloth and the back to black and some time. once you do the whole trim once, go back and put a second coat. that's what makes it last 6 months.

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Postby cptnsolo77 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:53 am

Great job! Its amazing how good the Vibe looks after cladding treatment....on the other hand its amazing how terrible it looks faded. It realy makes or breaks the look of the car. I recently did my annual wash/claybar/wax job & it didnt look REALLY great until I threw some armour all on the cladding.
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* Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597
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* 27 MPG City/Highway with AC on

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Re: What do you use on your outside trim to preserve it?

Postby goodvibesGT » Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:31 am

It all comes back faded after time. I like Meguiar's ultimate protectant. It goes on easy with applicator and lasts a while. Good stuff.

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Re: What do you use on your outside trim to preserve it?

Postby KNINE » Fri Jun 15, 2012 3:26 am

I tried Mothers Back to Black and didn't care much for it. I use a product by Eale 1 that I've been happy with. It's a spray on gel. The exact name escapes me right now, but it should be easy enough to find in any auto parts store that has Eagle 1 products.
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Re: What do you use on your outside trim to preserve it?

Postby Whelan » Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:59 am

KNINE wrote:I tried Mothers Back to Black and didn't care much for it. I use a product by Eale 1 that I've been happy with. It's a spray on gel. The exact name escapes me right now, but it should be easy enough to find in any auto parts store that has Eagle 1 products.


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Re: What do you use on your outside trim to preserve it?

Postby KNINE » Sat Jun 16, 2012 2:59 pm

That's the stuff.
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