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Another cleaning question...

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Eeyago, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. Eeyago

    Eeyago Member

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    This may have been asked & answered before, but couldn't find any search hits on the subject. So I apologize in advance if there is a thread on this subject matter.

    Last week I polished my car and noticed afterwards that the long plastic-type piece that runs under the doors is now a hazy white. There are other parts of the car with this same material as well. Anyone encounter this same issue? How did you restore it back to a nice luster black? I'm considering just wrapping these parts of the car, as they are quite bothersome to look at, if no solution is found.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Tacket

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    Did you use a spray on wax? There are some spray ons (Meguiar's comes to mind) that are not supposed to create the white residue on plastic that you are seeing.
     
  3. Eeyago

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    I used that Honda Pro glaze that everyone has been raving about.
     
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    FWIW, Griot's Garage (www.griotsgarage.com) has excellent products including special cleaners for vinyl & rubber etc. Not a paid shill, just a happy long time customer.
     
  5. steve841

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    Im am quite satisfied with the "wax as you dry" product Ive been using....

    Car looks beautiful after a bath and no was on anything...
     
  6. kevincwelch

    kevincwelch Active Member

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    What do you mean with the term "polish." Did you use an abrasive solution to remove swirls on the car? Did you simply wax or put a sealant on?

    I would try cleaning the trim with an all purpose cleaner (APC) such as Meguiars. After you clean it, use some trim restoration products. I like Poorboys Trim Restorer. I recently put on Gtechniq C4, and it looks great. (It also deepened the faded look on my wife's Subaru.)
     
  7. Eeyago

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    Thanks guys for your replies. I cleaned the plastic trim with a citrus APC and then applied a Mother's plastic trim restorer product. Worked like a champ!
     

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