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Do you guys armorall the dash?? Doesnt seem like if a shiny would be good for whatever material they used on the dash, so far Ive just used a little soap and water...
 

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I don't use ArmorAll on the dash. I bought the protection package, so I use the stuff they gave me in that kit. It's pretty much the same, though. Smells identical.
 

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I haven't actually cleaned the inside of my car yet. Too lazy. I open the windows and sunroof and drive really fast to blow the dust out.
 

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For those of you with Armor All, do you think it would have the same protective properties on the rubber trim on the exterior of the car? I worry that in the TX sun, that's going to get dry and crack pretty quickly. I'd like to start protecting it while it's young.
 

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Personally i wouldnt put ArmorAll on my car its really bad . Maguire's is so much better. DONT touch that stuff on the outside be careful , test a small place 1st my friends turned cloudy white from that stuff. Ask the dealer what they think you should use.
 

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dean said:
For those of you with Armor All, do you think it would have the same protective properties on the rubber trim on the exterior of the car? I worry that in the TX sun, that's going to get dry and crack pretty quickly. I'd like to start protecting it while it's young.
Get yourself some sun shades to put in the windshield to keep the sun off it and the inside cool. That is your best bet and they are cheaper than armor all
 

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Get yourself some sun shades to put in the windshield to keep the sun off it and the inside cool. That is your best bet and they are cheaper than armor all
Got the sun shades already. I'm not concerned about the interior rubber. I'm concerned about exterior rubber seams drying out. I think Meguires or Mothers has some ridiculously priced exterior protection kit, but if something like Lemon Pledge or Armor All works, I'm fine with the ghetto fix.
 

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The Meguiars is awesome on the inside. I hate that gloss finish you get with ArmorAll. I used to work at a detail shop and we put ArmorAll on the outside plastic. That would work for a couple of days and then the shine would fade away after a week or after it rained/was washed again. Interior stuff is meant only for the interior. The only route for lasting protection on the outside of the car is to use something specifically designed for it. If you don't mind going back over your car with ArmorAll every week then I would go with the ArmorAll. Also, I would use the spray not the wipes. Used the wipes to detail my last car just to make it look nice for a while and it lasted a day. I was soo pissed. I don't know why the wipe didn't work well for me, but I sure learned my lesson not to buy them ever again.
 

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The Meguiars is awesome on the inside. I hate that gloss finish you get with ArmorAll. I used to work at a detail shop and we put ArmorAll on the outside plastic. That would work for a couple of days and then the shine would fade away after a week or after it rained/was washed again. Interior stuff is meant only for the interior. The only route for lasting protection on the outside of the car is to use something specifically designed for it. If you don't mind going back over your car with ArmorAll every week then I would go with the ArmorAll. Also, I would use the spray not the wipes. Used the wipes to detail my last car just to make it look nice for a while and it lasted a day. I was soo pissed. I don't know why the wipe didn't work well for me, but I sure learned my lesson not to buy them ever again.
So what is specifically meant for the outside? I'm wondering both for the plastic and the rubber around the windows. Does anyone have any suggestions? I can call the dealer as suggested earlier, but every dealer says something different (not to mention each person at the dealer would say something different), so I'm curious if anyone has seen something actually work well?
 

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Go to your local auto parts store and see what they have. You mentioned you're in TX so i think they have Pep Boys and AutoZone there. Just get something that is specific for the outside of your car. I always get the stuff in the spray bottle (not aerosol) and spray it onto a sponge or applicator. You can buy a dish sponge and cut it into little pieces to use all over the outside of your car. That works really well and it's cheap. You can also use cotton balls but that will leave lint. Anyway, don't spray the stuff onto the car or you will get it all over your paint.
 

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I went to PepBoys and found a product by Mothers that is called Back to Black. You just sqweeze it out onto a towel and rub it in. Works fairly good too. I put it on about a month and a half ago and haven't had to re-apply it yet. I've washed the car 4 times and it has rained quite a bit since I applied it, so I think that it works a lot better than using Armor All on the outside.

I didn't get one of the spray bottles that you talked about. Most of them seemed to have more of a paint quality about them. The Back to Black won't turn everything black and ruin the paint like the spray bottles warn about on their lables. I used it on the honey comb grill and it took forever, so I'm glad the stuff has been holding up as well as it has. I don't think that I could do that more than once every couple of months.
 

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dean said:
For those of you with Armor All, do you think it would have the same protective properties on the rubber trim on the exterior of the car? I worry that in the TX sun, that's going to get dry and crack pretty quickly. I'd like to start protecting it while it's young.
for the outer ruberlike trim i tried using a very small amount of that armorall stuff that is used to shine the tires i hope it doesnt do anything bad i guess i will see and update at a later time when i have a chance i t did make it really nice, black and shiny though dont know what the long time effects are though but it looks nice for now
 

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I went to PepBoys and found a product by Mothers that is called Back to Black. You just sqweeze it out onto a towel and rub it in. Works fairly good too. I put it on about a month and a half ago and haven't had to re-apply it yet. I've washed the car 4 times and it has rained quite a bit since I applied it, so I think that it works a lot better than using Armor All on the outside.

I didn't get one of the spray bottles that you talked about. Most of them seemed to have more of a paint quality about them. The Back to Black won't turn everything black and ruin the paint like the spray bottles warn about on their lables. I used it on the honey comb grill and it took forever, so I'm glad the stuff has been holding up as well as it has. I don't think that I could do that more than once every couple of months.
Back to Black +1 for you!
 

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armor all tire foam works well for exterior parts of the car. its got silicon in it and it seems to hydrate it pretty well.
havent had any problems with it yet
and i use armorall alllll over the interior :]

For those of you with Armor All, do you think it would have the same protective properties on the rubber trim on the exterior of the car? I worry that in the TX sun, that's going to get dry and crack pretty quickly. I'd like to start protecting it while it's young.
 

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303 is a good protectant, used a lot in marine applications. And its not greasy or petroleum based. Just put it on, let it sit, and wipe off the excess :) Sunscreen for your stuff.
 
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