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How to deal with cleaning plastic trim with the rest of the car

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Hi guys. First post.

I’m going to be getting a new Outback and I’ve been researching waterless cleaning. The Outback has some thick plastic trim under the doors. I was looking at the Optimun products and see that they include a shining or waxing agent. I’m wondering if I can use that on the plastic trim without causing it to haze over time? Which product would be best to protect the trim?  I’ve been doing a lot of research online but haven’t been able to come up with a specific plan. My goal is to maintain the car using a waterless method between professional detailing. I’d like to clean and protect it, but not ruin the trim.

Any information is appreciated.

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Optimum doesn't sell a dedicated trim product but you would be fine cleaning it with a waterless wash as you clean the rest of the car.  Opti-Seal won't stain trim but it also won't restore faded trim. 

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I'm a proud Subaru owner as well and very familiar with the black plastic trim you speak of.   After washing with ONR, I regularly use Optimum Car Wax on the trim for its patented UV inhibitors which should help prevent the trim from hazing over time.  I put it on the headlights to prevent hazing of that plastic as well. 

I've also used 303 Aerospace protectant which also claims to protect plastic from the harsh UV rays.  I've heard that you can also use Opti-bond tire gel on the trim, although I'm not sure how well it works to protect from UV.  All 3 products should leave a nice clean deep black look, with the latter 2 also providing some shine.

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Ok. So either ONR or ONRWW would be ok. Then possibly Optimum Car Wax or some other product to protect the trim. I’m surprised your using a “wax” on the trim as I’ve always heard that should be avoided.

Thanks for the the info and direction. 

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It seems that whole "avoid getting wax on the trim" thing is something that has been passed down through the years without taking into account technological advances. One of the reasons I like the Optimum line so much. Not nearly as much redundancy as many other brands, and it's designed with efficiency in mind.

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A suggestion for treating trim, consider Protectant Plus.  Opti-Bond works but is sticky and can be a dust magnet.  Protectant Plus works inside and out, has UV protection and has a nice gloss.

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