When I purchased my Fiat 500 Abarth last year, the Business Manager Mr. Chris Lauzon and I were discussing proper care of the new Abarth. I had explained that I would not drive it in the winter and so on. Somehow we came to the topic of proper care of the vinyl and plastic parts and he gave me a warning about using Armor All because it is silicone based. Apparently Armor All leaves the plastic with a very nice finish and feel but also bleaches out the natural oils from the plastic to make it brittle and eventually crack and fade. How often do you bring in your car to a car wash and they ask you; “Armor All on the tires and plastic?” It seems like this stuff will contribute to your tires prematurely cracking. OMG!
This started me to thinking about what I should use other than a mild soap and water to clean and protect my plastic, rubber and vinyl. As you can see, I have much that needs protecting.
I spent quite a bit of time researching this subject only to find two products that were recommended consistently and one always recommended as the best. The two products were 303® Aerospace Protectant and Pinnacle Black Label and it seemed that most preferred the 303 Protectant.
I decided to order some online and expect to have it today. I plan to be cleaning and protecting those areas displayed above.
303 Aerospace Protectant really is like “SPF 40 Sunscreen … For Your Stuff.” Regular use gives 100% Prevention of UV caused slow-fade with regular use. No other “protectant” beautifies as intensely, protects as powerfully or lasts as long.
Originally engineered for aerospace and aviation applications, 303® Aerospace Protectant™ is a premium surface treatment that provides superior protection against harmful UV rays that cause discoloration, fading, embrittlement, cracking, chalking and/or loss of mechanical properties.
- Keeps treated surfaces looking new
- Prevents fading and cracking
- Restores lost color and luster
- Powerful UV blockers
- Anti-Static, repels smudges, dust, soiling and staining
- Matte finish with no oily and greasy residue
- Easy to use, simply spray on and wipe dry
Safe and effective on vinyl, clear vinyl, gel-coat, fiberglass, carbon fiber, synthetic/natural rubber, plastics and finished leather. Good for use on: dashboards, automotive leathers, black plastic fenders, plexiglass, vinyl decals, door & trunk seals, vinyl convertible tops, boats & RV seats, Tonneau covers, Dacron sails, inflatable boats, spa covers, and much, much more!
GS Lev said:
There’s also Meguiar’s D-171. I found that also after a lot of research. 🙂
GS Lev said:
(It’s also water-based to avoid the disadvantages of those that aren’t.)
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