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So I guess our last trip to the mountains with some dirt and salt on the road seemed to leave some grey colour on the panels... this picture is AFTER washing the car!<p>What do you guys do? Oddly enough, after 4,000 miles and 6 months of ownership, this is the first time the panels have gotten this dirty and didn't simply wash off. Hoping they're not going to be a pain to keep clean!<p><IMG SRC="http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/qq266/Lotus100/Dirtyplasticpanels.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Keeping plastic body panels clean (Lotus99)

For my XC90 that I'm selling (with way too much cladding) I use NXT from McGuires?. It all but obliterates the dirt, but when wet it can attract dust. I always put it on at the end of the day any by the next day it is pretty much dried.
 

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Re: Keeping plastic body panels clean (Lotus99)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Lotus99</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">So I guess our last trip to the mountains with some dirt and salt on the road seemed to leave some grey colour on the panels... this picture is AFTER washing the car!<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>I can't remember what product I use, but it has lasted 6 weeks, still looks fresh and has held up to weekly washings. I'll post what it is this weekend.<p>Do not use Back to Black or whatever its called. The panels looked like crap within days.
 

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Re: Keeping plastic body panels clean (Lotus99)

Strange, since here in Ontario it is big-time salt-galore, yet my car did not become like this.<p>I agree with the previous poster who said not to use these blackening products which make things worse in the long-term.<p>May only suggestion would be repeated washing with a good quality car soap and a spot trial of a product such as "simple green", something that does not leave a residue.
 

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Re: Keeping plastic body panels clean (rovermark)

Lotus, wash the trim first then apply this<br><IMG SRC="http://www.meguiars.com/estore/productthumbs/product_G13415.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Meguiar's exterior trim detailer coating. The stuff has been on six weeks and still looks great.
 

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Lotus, here is a close up of the body cladding I took at lunch today. The Meguiar's coating was applied six weeks ago. The car receives weekly washings. There has been some "rain" here but not much. The car hasn't seen any heavy weather or gravel roads since the application, still I am impressed with how long it has lasted.<p><IMG SRC="http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p280/jgrotz/closeup.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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My XC90 started to deveop a similar issue, but instead of white spots, they were brown and gray. I'm glad to read that there is a solution. I kept scrubbing with my wash mitt, but it didn't help much.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>rovermark</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Nice ruby red colour... not available here in Canada</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thanks Rover. I don't think it is available in the US as a stock color either. It was a custom build through overseas delivery. <p>There are a couple of more pics <A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=117013" TARGET="_blank">HERE</A> if you're interested.
 
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