Cleaning and Dressing Plastics & Trim
Exterior plastics & trim should be regularly cleaned to ensure that dirt and contaminants do not become ingrained in the surface. It’s also important to dress them after cleaning to prevent premature fading which can occur from sunlight exposure and from the weather in general. It’s important to keep your interior plastics & trim clean for hygienic reasons.
Dirt, particles and odors sit on the surface and if left uncleaned will build up in layers over time providing the ideal environment for undesirable germs and bacteria to form and be transferred. If your car has light colored interior plastics & trim even any small marks can leave it looking grubby and unsightly.
Once clean, dressed interior trim will help to restore an ‘as new’ look and also help to protect it from harmful uv sun rays and from anything else that might be spilt/deposited on them accidentally. Dressing your interior trim will also make it much easier for you to clean and restore next time.
If your car has any exterior plastics & trim it should be cleaned along with the rest of the exterior every time it is washed. After an initial thorough clean with either a designated plastic cleaning product or a diluted all purpose cleaner, a regular shampoo product can be used to suitably maintain them. Dressing/protecting your exterior plastics & trim every time your car is washed may not be required, however a good time time to do it would be when you are giving your paintwork a wax top up in between polishing.
Interior plastics should initially be thoroughly cleaned and properly protected, then simply maintained and spot cleaned whenever the rest of your interior is being regularly cleaned. You should reapply a dressing/protectant whenever the rest of your interior has had a thorough clean or simply when the finish begins to diminish.
Plastics & trim should initially be thoroughly cleaned using either a designated plastic/vinyl cleaning product or a diluted all purpose cleaner. Cleaning products can be worked into the grain if necessary with a stiff bristled detailing or nail brush. Exterior plastics can be followed up using a normal shampoo product and wash mitt whilst washing the rest of your car but interior plastics & trim should be dried off with a micro fibre towel.
Once clean, plastics & trim should be dressed with a designated interior/exterior dressing/protectant product. This should be applied with a micro fibre applicator pad and any excess product removed or buffed over with a clean dry micro fibre towel.