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#1 (permalink) Old 01-06-2014, 10:52 PM
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Question Hood Decal Care?

Are you guys waxing your trailhawk hood decals or using armor all on them? How are you keeping it looking a nice matte dark black?
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havnt been able to find it under the ice yet but think ill just wash it and no wax
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I was thinking 303, they make some good stuff

http://www.303products.com/303r-fabr...p-cleaner.html
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Like on the 303 . Use it on our boat vinyl decals. Its sweet :-)

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Got some of this, good for the cladding too.
http://www.autogeek.net/1z-einzett-v...rotectant.html
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Will use ProtectAll-Best product I've used since 1992. Can be used on flat-matt-gloss-paint-wheels etc. '92 was also the last time I washed a motorcycle, as you can dry wash with this stuff also. It's a spray on, just remember to keep shaking can. Light mist, wipe, flip rag, buff, done.
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I've had a hood blackout on my Land Rover Discovery for a while, well, two actually. Needed to replace the first one. I usually used Turtle Wax Ice clear liquid wax on it and all the black plasticky bits. It lasts a decent amount of time. Just make sure you put this stuff on before you wax the rest of the car otherwise the paste wax will muck up all the plastic and the hood decal just won't look right.

Keep in mind this decal is a 3M or some similar manufacturers product, or at least I assume so. Typically, these things are designed to last 5-7 years at the most before they need to be replaced. That's why I mentioned I've replaced one previously. Even with all the good love you give to these with any product, (my luck with 303 was not very good, and I've stopped using it on the boats I manage), the decal starts to dry out and crack.

Removal at this point is a bit of a pain then a lot of elbow grease with Xylene and all the adhesive residue will be gone and ready for a replacement.

Back to the original question though, anything you do it will keep it looking good, otherwise it just starts to look dark and bland. The Turtle Wax stuff I used just kept it looking deep black without losing the matte finish.
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