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      05-13-2011, 02:17 PM   #1
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window rubbers... help (cleaning) !!

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my window rubbers, pretty much for all 4 corners have this strange effect on them... difficult to explain so please see below !!




does anyone know what is causing this and if it is possible to clean it ?? nothing i am using seems to work. i don't really want to replace them but will if i can't get rid of it !!

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I have the same problem, it's water staining.

I used Black polish - it's not got rid of it all, but it does look better
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Do you ever use those hand car wash places? It could be the trafffic film remover they use as a pre-wash.
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      05-13-2011, 03:27 PM   #4
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have done over winter, but have done it myself the last few times...

can't help but feel i'm going to have to replace the lot...

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using a wax such as collinite 476s will remove the oxidation
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That's not the rubber that's discoloured, it's the shadow-line trim; I get it too, and I think the comment about car-wash stuff is spot on, except I think it's the spray wax they use.

No need to replace anything, you can clean it off. Try quick detailer on a microfibre, if that doesn't work, try isopropyl alcohol, or a mild metal polish. If you're in a hard water area, maybe also try white vinegar on a cloth. If none of that works, try machine polishing, but I suspect you'll be able to clean it up by hand.

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thanks chaps for all of your advice. will give it a try on Monday and let you know how I get on !!

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That's not the rubber that's discoloured, it's the shadow-line trim; I get it too, and I think the comment about car-wash stuff is spot on, except I think it's the spray wax they use.

No need to replace anything, you can clean it off. Try quick detailer on a microfibre, if that doesn't work, try isopropyl alcohol, or a mild metal polish. If you're in a hard water area, maybe also try white vinegar on a cloth. If none of that works, try machine polishing, but I suspect you'll be able to clean it up by hand.

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excuse my ignorance, but what do you mean by 'a quick detailer' ??

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They're like a very light polish/wax that can top up a car finish after a wash. Amongst other things.

http://www.meguiars.co.uk/product/219

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/s...egoryId_165682

http://www.meguiars.co.uk/product/215
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Quick detailer spray (I use the Megs too) is very handy. You can get light dust off with it, it's a lube for clay and generally keeps the car looking tidy. Obviously don't rub it in too hard but overall, a worthwhile addition.

Bought some shelves (four shelf unit) from Wickes to tidy up my cleaning/general car stuff and filled up every freaking one!! And there's more in a big plastic box too. And a big bag full of MF towels. And oil. And and and...!!!
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Autosol does the job for me (chrome rather than Shadowline)
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I used Autoglym Super Resin Polish on mine when i had the same problem and it worked great, they are shiny and black again.
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      05-16-2011, 01:40 PM   #13
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Just to let y'all know I found some Auto Glym tar and other nasty stuff remover on the shelf in my garage and gave that a go...

I'm happy to report the rubbers are now perfect - thanks so much for your help and advice to those who've posted, it's very much appreciated...

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And whatever the temptation don't use those car wash places.
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