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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-21-2016, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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cleaning rubber trim outside TH windows with 303

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so on the outside of our windows is a rubber seal / molding that runs the length of the front and passenger side windows. i was detailing my TH and wanted to hit those rubber areas with 303, just to keep them black since they look off black.

im not sure what happened but my micro-fiber towel came up black after i ran it across the top and then bottom. in a panic i went to the drivers side with just a wet towel and hit the same areas but nothing transferred on my towel.

so WTF happened? 303 is rubber safe, what is the material that this trim/ molding is made of ? the photo shows the bottom of the trim just above the door handle. would love to be able to rotate it.

any help much appreciated!
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303 Aerospace Protectant (the white and blue bottle), right ? They make a bunch of different 303s...

All necessary details here : https://www.goldeagle.com/product/30...tectant#tabFaq
(should be safe no matter what that piece is made of...)

Getting *black* on a microfiber or any cloth can just be a sign there was a benign chemical reaction that occured. This protectant does react with the surface it protects... and I'm sure nothing is *melting away*, if you will.
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hey thanks Mark_ for the info and rotating the photo. okay so the 303 i am using is 303 (30382) Automotive UV Protectant for vinyl, rubber, plastic, tires and finished leather.

https://www.amazon.com/303-30382-Aut...ace+protectant

yes nothing melted however not sure why it would react in the way that it did. appreciate the help as always...

**should have included a photo of the cloth as evidence of what came off the molding. so weird that it would do that.

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Often, cleaners will have a surfactant to aid in the action of getting 'dirt' off of a surface. That could be why the 303 pulls some oxidation or dirt off the trim when plain water does not.

I would consider this an 'OK' situation and don't think any damage is being done. Kind of like when you clean your wiper blades and the cloth come away black, it's getting the dirt and oxidized rubber off.
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hey thanks Mark_ for the info and rotating the photo. okay so the 303 i am using is 303 (30382) Automotive UV Protectant for vinyl, rubber, plastic, tires and finished leather.

https://www.amazon.com/303-30382-Aut...ace+protectant

yes nothing melted however not sure why it would react in the way that it did. appreciate the help as always...

**should have included a photo of the cloth as evidence of what came off the molding. so weird that it would do that.
Thanks. Yep, this stuff is kinda new in the 303 lineup. But... likely the very same as their Aerospace Protectant. It's marketing, some people won't buy "Aerospace Protectant" for a car... I like the first review on Amazon :
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5.0 out of 5 starsPossibly identical to 303 Aerospace Protectant?
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Size: 16 fl. oz. Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )

My 10 year old Prius has that gigantic, black dashboard that almost dwarfs the car itself. It constantly threatens to be destroyed by too much sun. Although I try to keep it shaded, the shade often slips and leaves the expanse exposed to UV rays and their damaging effects. I have long used 303 Aerospace Protectant to give it some protection and it has worked beautifully. This 303 Automotive Protectant seems to be exactly the same as the Aerospace. I couldn't find a chemical breakdown so I don't know for certain, but they are both milky liquids, water-based, and leave all surfaces looking exactly the same. So, unless I hear otherwise, I'm guessing they're the same. I highly recommend both. They are easy to apply and protect a wide variety of surfaces including vinyl, rubber, finished leather, chrome, alloy, plastics, synthetic & natural rubber, gel coat & fiberglass. Of course, you can do the price comparison yourself, but my research showed lower prices on the 303 Aerospace so I will continue to buy it unless the 303 Automotive price goes down. Highly recommended!
Yeah. Good stuff either way, with exactly the same product description as the Aerospace Protectant.

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I have gotten the same transfer using a 2/3 different brand protectors.
I believe they all use a little black in the solution to help maintain the color. Some of it does rub off as the rubber seals /moldings do not absorb well as you wipe.
Once completely dry I have not really had an issue with transfer that I have noticed.
But keeping those items, especially the rubber seals treated is a good idea to prevent hardness developing with age.
My microfiber cloths are black also when I finish detailing those areas.
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If you know any printers, Blanket Wash works wonders on rubber trim and wiper blades. Just don't get it on the paint!

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Been using 303 forever. Normal. Surface contaminants and oxidation as @SkipW suggests.

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appreciate the replies everyone. i know 303 makes a specific product: 303 (30324) Rubber Seal Protectant and Conditioner for Weather Seals. i think i may give this a shot to protect those. thanks again
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