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Hey all,<p>What are you using on your side trim molding and dash pads? I have been told directly from Volvo NOT to use Armor all, and the dealer told me to use baby oil on the trim. What is the best set up?
 

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I use my 6:1 water:woolite solution. A little goes a long way (maybe small spray on dash). Wiped down with a microfiber cloth.
 

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Re: Side molding and dash pad care? (CM2RAS)

Dash: non-leather parts, Vinylex. <p>Leather part: lexol. <p>Exterior side trim: clean with Griot's Garage trim cleaner (forget what it is, removes wax, etc.) or a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (really) and then use Griot's garage bumper and trim re-conditioner (it's a dye) or paint them with bumper paint.
 

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Re: Side molding and dash pad care? (CM2RAS)

Back-to-Black on the exterior moldings and Vinylex on the dash pad portion that is not leather. Can't go wrong IMHO!
 

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Re: Side molding and dash pad care? (bb vign)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>bb vign</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Back-to-Black on the exterior moldings and Vinylex on the dash pad portion that is not leather. Can't go wrong IMHO!</TD></TR></TABLE><p><B>NEVER</B> use <I>Back to Black,</I> it's <B>JUNK</B><br>The BEST black product out there is <I><U>FOREVER BLACK</U></I> However,<br>do yourself a favor, mask the side trim off, prep and <U>paint it</U> with <B>bumper paint </B>that you can buy at any auto store.<p>It will be new again and last <B>for years</B>! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Side molding and dash pad care? (JRL)

Question: 6:1 woolite & lexol for cleaning/treating Atacama? There was some discussion previously about it being different than the Nordkap and Gobi leathers.
 

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Re: Side molding and dash pad care? (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p><B>NEVER</B> use <I>Back to Black,</I> it's <B>JUNK</B><br>The BEST black product out there is <I><U>FOREVER BLACK</U></I> However,<br>do yourself a favor, mask the side trim off, prep and <U>paint it</U> with <B>bumper paint </B>that you can buy at any auto store.<p>It will be new again and last <B>for years</B>! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>So no one has ever heard of this baby oil idea the dealer told me about? They said since it is a petrolium base product the plastic will like it. Is this guy smoking crack? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Side molding and dash pad care? (Arbelac)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Arbelac</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Question: 6:1 woolite & lexol for cleaning/treating Atacama? There was some discussion previously about it being different than the Nordkap and Gobi leathers.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Worked well for me. It wasn't "amazing" like many have hyped it to be, but then again, my atacama is in great shape to begin with. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> I could definately see dirt on my terry towel after cleaning with woolite, but it was only slightly greyish. I used 1/5th of the bottle of solution when I cleaned the front, back and door trim (with shift knob, steering wheel, and center console). the 1:6 ratio was a good mix and made my car smell great!<p>For God's sake, go and buy a new spray bottle with hatch marks for 3 buckaroos. Do not just empty out a spray bottle that holds harsh cleaning agents and re use it. I would not want traces of ammonia to come anywhere near my atacama. Now I have a bottle of great smelling solution that works better than febreze. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>This is what I did with great results:<p><br>Step 1. Spray white terry towel with 1:6 solution<br>Step 2. Wipe leather with damp towel with very slight pressure (don't forget the seams and stitching)<br>Step 3. Wait a few seconds<br>Step 4. use another white terry towel to wipe off woolite solution before it drys.<br>Step 5. Buff your leather dry with very slight pressure<br>Step 6. Repeat 1-5 with Lexol CONDITIONER and two new towels (I used microfiber for this step).<br>Step 7. Leave car overnight.<p><br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by SHOlover at 9:02 PM 4-1-2009</i>
 

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Re: Side molding and dash pad care? (CM2RAS)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>CM2RAS</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> Is this guy smoking crack? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yup.
 

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Re: Side molding and dash pad care? (CM2RAS)

Forever Black on the moldings and a bit of Lexol on a cloth for the dash.
 

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Re: Side molding and dash pad care? (MagoonR)

I second, or third, or whatever the Vinylex for the non-leather parts.<p>I also use it to detail my engine. It works really well on all the plastic parts and hoses and lasts a really long time to repel dust and dirt. I find it works best if the engine is just a little warm, maybe it helps the plastic soak up all the Vinylex goodness.<p>I use Lexol on all the leather surfaces too.
 

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Re: Side molding and dash pad care? (5sqrlfury)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>5sqrlfury</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I second, or third, or whatever the Vinylex for the non-leather parts.<p>I also use it to detail my engine. It works really well on all the plastic parts and hoses and lasts a really long time to repel dust and dirt. I find it works best if the engine is just a little warm, maybe it helps the plastic soak up all the Vinylex goodness.<p>I use Lexol on all the leather surfaces too. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Okay I give, can I get these wonders of nature at like Kragen or do I need to go to the dealer or something?
 

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Re: Side molding and dash pad care? (CM2RAS)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>CM2RAS</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Okay I give, can I get these wonders of nature at like Kragen or do I need to go to the dealer or something?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Plenty of places online, but Lexol and Vinylex are carried at most normal parts joints. <p><br>
 
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