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What's the best way to clean and care for all the black plastic trim around the windows and the lower body without changing it's color to shiny black or getting it dull and waxy. Thanks
 

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Re: Cleaning the black trim (Charles847)

Mother's Back to Black has served me well. I often apply it while I have a coat of wax on the doors, so that way any "overrun" from application to the trim goes on to the wax glaze and comes off with buffing.<p>HTH.
 

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Re: Cleaning the black trim (Charles847)

You may think I'm crazy, but the best stuff for black trim is Kiwi (that's right, shoe polish people) Mink Oil. Make the black look like new, not fake shiny and it lasts. Gets any wax off the black. I apply it after applying wax (Mother's California Gold Carnuba is the best I have ever used) ad buff.
 

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Re: Cleaning the black trim (p0cket penguins)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>p0cket penguins</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">i heard the magic erasers work well also. i have a box that im going to try next wash</TD></TR></TABLE><p>i can verify. washed and waxed today, magic erasers really do seem to work! unless you are a really sloppy waxer, 1 eraser should be enough for the car.<p>thanks for the tip!<p>-justin
 

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Re: Cleaning the black trim (Charles847)

Paint 'em.<br>CAREFULLY, mask off the bumpers and trim. (This is the hardest part)<br>Buy a can of grey/black bumper spray paint. Apply a few THIN coats. Your bumpers and trim will be better than new and they will stay that way for years
 

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Re: Cleaning the black trim (JRL)

have you done that personally JRL? it sounds like a good idea, but i'm hesitant to just spray down my trim. <p>of course, pics would be appreciated.<p><br>tia,<p>justin
 

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Re: Cleaning the black trim (sucker 4a volvo)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>sucker 4a volvo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">have you done that personally JRL? it sounds like a good idea, but i'm hesitant to just spray down my trim. <p>of course, pics would be appreciated.<p><br>tia,<p>justin</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Yes, I just did an older XC. LOTS of masking because of the big black bumpers but it turned out beautifully.<br>As long as you spend the time (perhaps and hour or so) to CAREFULLY mask it up, clean the plastic and scuff it all up, the painting itself takes just a few (maybe all of 10-15) carefull minutes.<br>If you are the slowest most careful person alive this job STILL can't take more than 2 hours.<br>Wide, 2" making tape and a lot of newspaper <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>You will also need narrow 1/2" tape for the small edges and corners
 

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Re: Cleaning the black trim (JRL)

did you sand them with a fine grit first? or just tape and spray? clearcoat?<p>krylon?<p>sry for all the questions, but i'm thinking hard about doing this.<p>great idea,<p>tia, again,<p>justin
 

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Re: Cleaning the black trim (Charles847)

A power toothbrush (I used the Oral-B with the round head) and a small bucket of dishsoap and water - or citrus degreaser/cleaner if you want to spend the big money. Cleans it up fast and beautifully. Took me 7 minutes to do the entire car last time (I was removing wax discoloration).
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>sucker 4a volvo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">did you sand them with a fine grit first? or just tape and spray? clearcoat?<p>krylon?<p>sry for all the questions, but i'm thinking hard about doing this.<p>great idea,<p>tia, again,<p>justin</TD></TR></TABLE><br>What did I say, Scuff with a Scotch pad (you can lightly sand if you wish), wipe off and spray with <B>BUMPER PAINT.</B> but he Scotch pad won't sand off the grain<br>Did I say <U>Krylon</U>, <B>NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</B><br>You can buy bumper spray paint at almost any auto store.<br>It says right on the can <B>"spray paint for bumpers".</B><br>and God no, do not use clear coat
 

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Re: Cleaning the black trim (Charles847)

It's a little late to be replying to this thread, so you probably have already found a satisfactory solution, but I have always used Pledge on my trim and bumpers rubbed into the grain with a soft brush. After it dries, I go over with a cotton towel to buff it out. If I use Lemon Pledge, it leaves a nice scent for the bus-stop bench crowd. LOL! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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PAINT IT!
 
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