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Old 05-30-2012, 03:29 PM   #1
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Question Cleaning the black soft plastic by the windows

So in washing my focus, I've found that cleaning that damned soft black plastic that goes up against the windows is a pain. Not only does the side facing the glass pick up parts of my microfiber cloths (little fabric/lint balls), the side facing outward is difficult to clean and fades almost instantly. If I ever accidentally hit it with my foam glass cleaning, my microfiber cloth is left with a black residue, that I'm assuming are from the chemicals in the cleaner breaking down the plastic. They also have some water spots on them that I'd very much like to get rid of.

On a side note, does anyone else have problems with the plastic folding down and getting stuck in the window when rolling it down?


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Old 05-30-2012, 03:40 PM   #2
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Are you talking about the rubber weather strips around the windows on the outside, or the seals on the inside of the car?

It has been suggested that Mr. Clean Magic Erasers work well on the outside weather strips.

See here: http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...t=magic+eraser

Regarding the seal folding down and getting stuck--no, that doesn't happen to me. However, if it did I would clean the windows really well and possibly add a little Silicone spray to the offending seal so that it may reduce the friction between the surfaces.
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:47 PM   #3
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This is excellent! Thanks so much!
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Old 05-30-2012, 07:25 PM   #4
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A picture would help

I clean the inside and outside channels with terry cloth and windows rolled down. Do not spray silicone on these window seals, it will streak the glass forever. There should be no friction that causes the seal to get caught as the glass rolls down, unless it's the microfiber balls. Vacuum it while windows are down.
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:26 PM   #5
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I use 303 aerospace protectant on it as well as all the plastics/dash. That stuff is amazing and was an awesome suggestion by someone on these boards.
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:29 PM   #6
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Excellent tip about the eraser, my wife has dozens of those!
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