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Old 10-01-2007, 09:21 AM   #1
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Default How to clean/protect the bumper strips on LS Zetec?

Hi everyone,

Newbie question, but the grey plastic rear bumper strip on my Zetec has polish or something on it from where the dealer has prepped the car. Any suggestions on what to use to get it off and how to keep it looking fresh and clean.

The car is black, so the powdery marks really stand out.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-01-2007, 10:03 AM   #2
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2 solutions.

One is called wax blaster

https://www.waxit.com.au/products.asp?cat=9

(Bottom of page) Have just bought some, but haven't used it yet.


The second solution, and this is not a joke, but rub it with smooth peanut butter!!!!!!! I have seen this on a few international websites. Literal rub the affected trim, wait and then wipe off in one direction. I have never tried it, but others swear by it.

Which ever method you use, once done, protect with a vinyl/rubber protector. I prefer Autoglym.

Good luck!
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Old 10-01-2007, 10:14 AM   #3
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lol @ peanut butter!!!

I'll give it a go. I have smooth in the cupboard.

Come to think of it, that kinda fits with the "Smooth New Ford Focus"!
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Old 10-01-2007, 01:49 PM   #4
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And a lot better than the Crunchy New Ford Focus!

Tell me how you go.
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Old 10-01-2007, 11:18 PM   #5
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Use the Crunchy on the mud flaps mate :P
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Old 11-01-2007, 12:24 AM   #6
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Fantastic Plastic (pink gooey stuff) is probably the best stuff to use on all plastics, including bumper strips!
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Old 11-01-2007, 08:46 AM   #7
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ok, thanks for the tip. I pickup the car this afternoon and i'll give the peanut paste a go first.
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Old 11-01-2007, 10:21 PM   #8
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posted a few pics here....

http://www.fordforums.com.au/showthread.php?t=81588
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Old 11-01-2007, 10:31 PM   #9
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I use meguirs Gold Class trim Detailer. Works great
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Old 21-01-2007, 08:51 PM   #10
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Gday fellow Black Sapphirian; Try doing this:
http://fordforums.com.au/showthread.php?t=69029
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Old 21-01-2007, 10:33 PM   #11
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cool mate. ta for pics, love your work.
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Old 21-01-2007, 10:39 PM   #12
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my personal opinion, but theres really no way to protect these plastic mouldings as they sit...
they're unpainted, so dont have any protection from the sun.


the only real way to keep them good is to paint them....... either mask up the panel arround them, rub them back with some fine paper and paint them with a preasurepack, or remove them, take them somewhere to be pro painted and replace...

ive done it to my fairlane by masking the panel up, and IMO they came up pretty good..
they'd started to go light grey/white due to the sun
i used a metalic gunmetal preasurepack can, and masked the panels up with tape/newspaper.

i also did the B pillar trims and door handles in the same way with the same paint

heres the end result

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...8/DSCF6059.jpg
and an old pic to see the difference
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...ights016-1.jpg
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Old 22-01-2007, 09:43 AM   #13
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i have some dash and trim stuff in a spray bottle and i just spray it on a cloth and wipe over the black strips on my doors and bumper
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Old 22-01-2007, 08:57 PM   #14
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I've heard a pencil erasure will remove the polish marks from black plastic trim. I haven't tried it myself but supposedly it works really well and is cheap / easy.
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