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    Default Best thing to keep plastics alive

    I have become addicted to Vaseline. An old auto trimmer friend of the family swore by Vaseline to use not Armour oil. The reason is Armour all only covers the surface but does not soak through the hole plastic. With Vaseline, it replenishes the vinyl/plastic and gives it a new life. I have been using this on my plastic fantastic BX and it really shows still no cracks in the dash board and the molded plastic exterior trim looks good. you must try it, and it is soo much cheaper....

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    isnt it sticky?
    how does the dust wipe off?
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    you'd think so but it soaks straight in and you just wipe dust off as normal

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    The plastic in my 16 valve isn't so wonderful so I will start doing this. I think it's also very important to keep plastics out of direct sunlight and avoid rapid temperature change; for example, getting into the car parked in the sun and switching on the aircon causing cold air to come through the de-mister vents.

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    Default Dont worry, gazelle, no one will believe you.

    I chew through the stuff at an amazing rate.
    Not only does it help my dermatitis and make my skin water proof to wash, It is also used to lube my trumpet slides, I use it on the plastic in my car and all the electrics on both the car and boat.
    There is something about a product that you apply to the car with your fingers and get left with a great soft feeling, unlike say armour all which causes blisters under my skin.

    The only problem is the gang who think they get a better product by spending big bucks for a spray can will never believe the properties of humble old vasso, so they keep disbelieving, and keep using the expensive inferior product that is often toxic.

    Mort, any product you apply to a dash will hold dust.
    Vaso is not sticky, as much as it is greasy.
    Eventually the vaso will soak in, depending on how much you use of course.

    Suffice to say I dont use the same rag for cleaning the dash as I do the windscreen.

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    I so want my ac to work hopefully next week!

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    Default Good stuff, but....

    G'day,

    good gear the old vasso, but don't leave it in your glovebox.

    The factory land cruiser developed this growing oily mark on the passenger side mat a while back, and a rather nasty smell. The boss was a bit concerned and booked it in for it's service.

    Turned out there was a bottle of vasso in the glovebox that had upended. When the truck was parked in the sun in the hot spell we had a while ago it managed to melt the vasso and leak out.....

    BTW, Jo, it works on the electrics cos the film excludes air and moisture from the contact surfaces and hence corrosion, but it's not tough enough to prevent the desired metal to metal contact. Wonder if it also clogs up the pores in the plastic/vinyl and prevents the leaching of the plasticisers - that usually end up on the insides of the glass.

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    Do you use it on your door rubbers as well? I've been using Gummi Pflege on mine.

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    Does vaseline make the dash shiny?

    The original Armour All did that so I stopped using it as the reflective dash was a driving distraction. The "new car" version of Armour All doesn't make the dash shiny.

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    Yes, at first.
    Obviously any product that leaves a slight film is going to effect light reflectivity.

    Repeating what has been said a few times, it soaks in fully, and provides the semi gloss freshly moulded look.

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    Vaso on the dash of a late D replenishes it quite well. To quote Madge "it really does get in".
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    Quote Originally Posted by UFO View Post
    Vaso on the dash of a late D replenishes it quite well. To quote Madge "it really does get in".
    You mean Mrs Marsh??

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    I recall some years ago an acquaintance who used sump oil on the vinyl roof of his Ford Fairmont successfully for years came to grief when he switched to Armoural. The chemical reaction with the mineral oil destroyed the top. As Vaseline is a mineral based product I would suggest not mixing the two products without first testing it on a small inconspicuous area first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jo proffi View Post
    You mean Mrs Marsh??

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    ah, didn't you know Mrs Marsh's first name was, coincidentally, Madge. That's why they called her Mrs Marsh - so as to not confuse the kiddies and have them brushing their teeth with Palmolive
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    Quote Originally Posted by UFO View Post
    ah, didn't you know Mrs Marsh's first name was, coincidentally, Madge. That's why they called her Mrs Marsh - so as to not confuse the kiddies and have them brushing their teeth with Palmolive
    THats worth about 3 out of 10 for effort.

    What was the 'fab lady's' name??


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    Quote Originally Posted by jo proffi View Post
    THats worth about 3 out of 10 for effort.

    What was the 'fab lady's' name??


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    Quote Originally Posted by mnm View Post
    Do you use it on your door rubbers as well? I've been using Gummi Pflege on mine.

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    Nah not on the rubbers I don't, but I do use it on the door knob to stop the kids from bursting into the bedroom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jo proffi View Post
    THats worth about 3 out of 10 for effort.

    What was the 'fab lady's' name??


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    Betty. Betty Marsh in fact. The sister of Madge and sister in law of Mrs.
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    Do you use it on your door rubbers as well? I've been using Gummi Pflege on mine.
    Funny you should mention this.

    I'd never thought about Vaseline on car plastics. I had a look on Wikipedia and noted that Porsche actually recommended its use on door rubbers...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petroleum_jelly#Uses


    Tried a bit on the Xantia - very impresssive - if you let it soak and then wipe off the excess you do get a nice satin finish.

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    What was Mr Sheen's first name? No, not the current charlie who is named as such. The one that was "quicker than quick". Even quicker than a teenage boy with vaseline, to bring this back on topic.

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