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Black plastic around lower body?

I have had my trailhawk a little over a month. It has rained in Pittsburgh like 30 out of the last 35 days. I have just been blasting the jeep at the car wash like once a week with the wand. I have hand washed it now twice in a week. I have never owned a vehicle with black plastic body parts. The black plastic body parts have dirty like water spots all over them even after i shammy it dry. Whats the deal with this? I have wiped it down twice after the wash today and they come back. Any help would be nice.

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Need to treat it with some plastic conditioner. Turtle Wax Ice is one I have used quite often on my JK guards. Just started using Maguires Back to Black too.

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Here's what I use. I've always had good results and it lasts a long time. Also doesn't collect dirt which tends to happen with a lot of coatings I've used in the past. Works on tires, plastic, ect. Just apply to panels in the shade. Direct sunlight when applying can cause streaks. Oh and definitely wear gloves!
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Thanks everyone. I am new to this black plastic stuff.

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I just used this product on my 2002 Ford Explorer (164k mi) that had NEVER had the plastic treated before. Way too many automatic car washes on this old girl.... Lower body plastic Shines Like New now. Its up for sale, and looks much better than it did without treating.... Thanks.

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A friendly word of warning; be careful what you use to clean the black plastic trim as some solvent based products will damage it. Tar is a tricky one as some tar and bug removers that you would normally use on paint will turn the black to cloudy white.

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A friendly word of warning; be careful what you use to clean the black plastic trim as some solvent based products will damage it. Tar is a tricky one as some tar and bug removers that you would normally use on paint will turn the black to cloudy white.

In the past I have used kerosene to remove tar from paint and plastic. But we should always remember when using a new or different product for the first time, try it on a spot that will not be obvious first. Murphy's Law...

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I have had my trailhawk a little over a month. It has rained in Pittsburgh like 30 out of the last 35 days. I have just been blasting the jeep at the car wash like once a week with the wand. I have hand washed it now twice in a week. I have never owned a vehicle with black plastic body parts. The black plastic body parts have dirty like water spots all over them even after i shammy it dry. Whats the deal with this? I have wiped it down twice after the wash today and they come back. Any help would be nice.
The spots are either hard water spots or the dealer may have applied some dressing that's come off in spots.

Grab some 409 or Fantastik, gently spray the black trim in the shade, wipe it down. Everyone has a preference. I've used Mother's Back to Black for years, but recently gave "WIPE NEW" a try. Frankly, I'll never go back. Came out great on my Wrangler, lasts for years. I'm just a lazy old guy these days and have better things to do than fart around with my vehicle trim.
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In the past I have used kerosene to remove tar from paint and plastic. But we should always remember when using a new or different product for the first time, try it on a spot that will not be obvious first. Murphy's Law...
100% agree with you Edward; try in a hidden area first before using any new product.

I’ve used Kerosene or a water dispersant like CRC 5.56 to remove tar but I’m going to confess here for the benefit of others… I have never owned a car with black plastic trims so the first time I got a spot of tar on the trim I “didn’t try in a hidden area first” then used a common brand “Tar and Bug Remover” and when I went to wipe it off there was a cloudy white mark left on the trim. I could cover it up with a trim protector (303 Aerospace Protectant - great product) but a protector would not remove the cloudiness and as soon as the protector wore off the white spot would reappear. After trying a few products, I found with a bit of elbow grease Mothers Naturally Black Heavy Duty Trim Cleaner removed the cloudiness.
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