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Old 06-23-2002, 03:32 PM   #1
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I need Vinyl cleaner for my door scuffs, but I don't want a greasy shine "shine"

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Old 06-23-2002, 03:41 PM   #2
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not sure how it will work on vinyl but look at the post I just created.
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Old 06-23-2002, 04:12 PM   #3
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I use that stuff from Meguiars that comes in the plastic cylinder...I can't remember the name of it but it looks greasy for like 10 minutes and eventually evaporates leaving a nice new looking finish. I use it on my whole door panel...leather and vinyl.
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Old 06-23-2002, 05:15 PM   #4
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I have been using the 3M Vinyl/Leather Protectant. I love it because it can be applied (I use the 3M detailing cloth) without having to be wiped down again with a clean cloth. It has a faint lemony scent and isn't greasy/oily.
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Old 06-23-2002, 05:19 PM   #5
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Vinylex does give a slight grease look, not nearly as bad as say Armor All..
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I have been using Vinylex since I bought my car. If you use it on the door panels there is no greasy look at all. It gets everything really clean plus it has a sunscreen to help protect the plastic. I swear by that stuff
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Old 06-23-2002, 08:42 PM   #7
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The FAQ here at E46 fanatics notes a mixture of shoe polish and Lexol protectant.

At first, I doubted this combination for fixing door panel scuffs. The door panels are mostly non-leather, so I didn't see how a mixture that involved a leather protectant would work.

So I bought the shoe polish. (Angelus brand just as the instructions says, its only like 3 bucks for a small bottle) and mixed up myself some. Tried it on a hidden area of the door panel first. let it dry for a while, then buffed it with a clean rag...

I was suprised to find that the color did match pretty well. Then I tried it on the scuff. Same process (read the FAQ for more info). It works pretty well. Even on a small spot repair (mine was a long scratch), the mixture made a pretty nice blend into the normal leather.

Next time I clean my interior, I'll probably use the mixture on the entire door panel, to insure an even color.

My results were acceptable. You can still see the scratch, but at least its closer to the color of the door panel then it was orignially.

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