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Old 08-29-2013, 08:35 AM   #1
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SES Lower Grille and other plastics

Here's a tip guys:

The SES lower grille and other black plastic pieces require special cleaning attention because they are cheap plastic. I'm tired of seeing so many people completely ignore their lower grilles; driving around like their car has mouth herpes or something.

Don't use tire shine.
Don't use waxy soaps.
Don't use quick detailer.

Do wash it by hand with non-waxy soap.
Do condition it with a non-greasy plastic protectant.

If you go through the car wash on your lunch break, keep a bottle and rag with you to finish up the plastics because if you let the waxy chemicals from the car wash bond and dry on the plastic, it will oxidize and look like trash. It will also be much harder to clean once it's got dried wax on it. duh

If you're on a budget I highly recommend Meguiars Natural Shine Protectant. Cleans and shines. Be sure to wash with dish soap, rinse and dry COMPLETELY before use.

If you can swing it, Adam's Super VRT is more expensive but will actually repel moisture once it's bonded to plastic/vinyl/rubber. Again, be sure to wash and dry the plastic completely before application.

I see way too many members throwing cash at their cars for wheels, body kits, paint, ebay lights, etc etc, but they can't even be bothered to clean plastic.

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Old 08-29-2013, 09:43 AM   #2
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I completely agree with this Mac! many people completely neglect the plastic on the fog light housing, lower grill, mirrors, door trim, etc. Little details like that are what makes the difference with how good your car looks, even at a glance.
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many quick detailers now are safe for plastics, and don't leave the residue. make sure to read, never assume. I'm not saying it's the right way, but it isn't necessarily bad.

now my car (2000) has been abused all her life, and i'm trying desperately to get the black to shine again.
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:25 PM   #4
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Most (if not all) quick detailers contain wax/polymer of some kind. Just because you can't see a white residue on the black plastic the morning of your car show, does NOT mean that it won't eventually dry out and oxidize the plastic.

Do it right or don't do it at all. (As I have always said.)

For getting your trim back, I would definitely try the Super VRT I linked above. It's amazing stuff.
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What about "Back to Black" ?

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Back to black doesn't condition the plastic. Back to black will actually wash off immediately if it gets wet. It's also very greasy and difficult to get off of paint. It's not a good product.
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Thanks guys I'll have to look for something here in Canada.

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Back to black doesn't condition the plastic. Back to black will actually wash off immediately if it gets wet. It's also very greasy and difficult to get off of paint. It's not a good product.
THIS!

I hate when Back to Black got on my paint on my Camaro. Grease caused all the dirt to stick to my car 100x more too.
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i use the Meguiars stuff. really good for the dash & such!
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