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r1ch
Feb 12th, 2006, 01:42 PM
Hi Everyone

Can someone give me an opinion as to which product to use on the interior of my car? I like a matte finish but i cannot find much detail on the Natural Shine product.

I am new to Meguiars products - just purchased my first lot of NXT Car wash and Tech Wax - so far very impressed :).

sneek
Feb 12th, 2006, 01:46 PM
Welcome to MOL :welcome
the choice is up to you on which protectant to use
I'm a huge fan of natural shine! all you have to do it spray it on an applicator or directly on the dash then spead the product and wipe off all the excess with he clean microfiber and boom you have a great looking dash that smells pretty good too!

I have tired NXT and it don't like the glossy look on my dash but it looks pretty good on the other parts of my car

so if you like the matte look i thinky you will like natural shine!

hope this helps

Murr1525
Feb 12th, 2006, 02:07 PM
Different plastics will react differently, so it is hard to say for sure unless people have the same car.

However, for my car, I really like the Nxt Tech Protectant. I spray it on the cloth, then wipe around, doing all the plastic, etc in my car. Then I let it sit for a couple minutes, and buff off. Leaves a rich look with no gloss for me.

LiquidBlack
Feb 12th, 2006, 03:08 PM
<-- Meguiar's natural shine fan here.

A little product goes a long way. I usually use two sprays to do the entire dash, and one spray to get the wheel of my car. I apply it with a soft terry applicator, then use the backside of it to go back over the vinyl/black plastic to remove the excess.

It looks and smells great!

CELL
Feb 13th, 2006, 06:54 AM
I'll swear by Murphy's Oil Soap and some warm water.

It actually cleans the surface, no shine at all...so it ends up looking like it just came from the showroom, and it leaves a great smell.
I used to smoke in my car and even after a year straight of smoking in it, day in and day out, I would simply clean the interior plastics with Murphys and warm water and you couldnt smell the smoke anymore.

Youll have to dilute it to your personal liking.
I was never very good at "1 part this, 2 parts that" kinda stuff.

I just kinda eyeball it and see what works.

SiriusRIMZ
Feb 13th, 2006, 07:45 AM
I love Interior Dash FOAM. It smells very fresh and clean and doesn't leave any oily or greasy resdue, but give a nice satin finish.

Skuz
Feb 13th, 2006, 02:16 PM
It's true that different plastics react differently.

In the Echo, NXT leaves a great look.

In the Tercel, it's not as interesting : it makes the dash too glossy : it reflects in the windshield.

I will try Natural Shine next time, but I'm definitely staying with NXT for the Echo.

Another thing : NXT lasts very long, it's been there for months and still looks good.

sneek
Feb 13th, 2006, 05:35 PM
Nxt Tech Protectant wasn't glossy? when i applyed it, it looked very glossy and kind of slick! I'll give it another try

rdarwa
Feb 14th, 2006, 06:27 AM
I don't like the static I get with the NXT. I love the way natural shine looks on my dash. It isn't greasy or shiney at all. I always get great results from it. :D

LiquidBlack
Feb 14th, 2006, 06:59 AM
My my supple vinyl dash, Natural Shine looks great.

But I recently applied it to a harder (and older) vinyl/plastic dash, and it was way too glossy. Perhaps I should dilute it a little bit to lower the gloss if I'm using it on harder dashes.

r1ch
Feb 15th, 2006, 03:03 AM
Thanks for your feedback guys.

I have a mixture of hard plastics on the door bottoms and soft plastics on the tops of the doors and the dash. Slightly worried that either product will produce glossy results - especially on the harder plastics.

Murr1525
Feb 15th, 2006, 04:38 AM
The main thing for to get lower/no gloss is to apply, let it sit for a couple minutes, then buff offf excess. Nxt would be quite glossy for me if I didnt buff it off.

sneek
Feb 15th, 2006, 05:27 PM
do you use an applicator pad to apply or do you spray it directly on the dash?

i tried sprayed NXT onto a foam applicator and waited a few minutes and buffed with a MF and i still had gloss :(

BTW i think both protectants tend to attract dust

Murr1525
Feb 15th, 2006, 07:44 PM
Well, I usualy will spray it onto a Target brand MF towel. I keep them around for the dirtier jobs like this.

I spray it on the towel ,wipe it around, then let it sit, wipe it off.

With it being a more entry level car with lots of plastic on the doors, I'll sometimes cheat and spray it right in the middle of the door and wipe around.

But I always spray on a cloth if near glass, like on dash board, stuff on rear deck, etc.

sneek
Feb 16th, 2006, 12:10 PM
Hmm ill try spraying it onto a MF instead of the meguiars foam pads that i have (there yellow and round just like a hi-tech applicator pad but there not hi-tech applicators .. i think )

Murr1525
Feb 16th, 2006, 05:55 PM
Well, it could always just be your plastic/vinyl... might not want to go matte/satiny.

r1ch
Feb 17th, 2006, 11:00 AM
To make deciding more complicated I have just noticed the "Quick Detailer Interior". Has anyone had any experience of this product - again as to how glossy this product becomes and easy of use etc...

sneek
Feb 17th, 2006, 12:04 PM
I haven't tried QID ..because I 'am canadian but i think it does not offer as much protection as a protectant but it does offer more cleaning ability and a little bit of UV pretection

sneek
Feb 17th, 2006, 01:22 PM
Originally posted by CELL
I'll swear by Murphy's Oil Soap and some warm water.

It actually cleans the surface, no shine at all...so it ends up looking like it just came from the showroom, and it leaves a great smell.
I used to smoke in my car and even after a year straight of smoking in it, day in and day out, I would simply clean the interior plastics with Murphys and warm water and you couldnt smell the smoke anymore.

Youll have to dilute it to your personal liking.
I was never very good at "1 part this, 2 parts that" kinda stuff.

I just kinda eyeball it and see what works.

isn't that stuff for wood? because I looking at an old bottle right now it says its for wood???

also using this stuff probably will not give you any U.V protection

Pete-FWA
Feb 18th, 2006, 05:42 AM
In the mid-90s, I spoke with several people at Eagle Ottawa, the company doing leather work for Cadillac. Customer Care at Meguiar's concurred.

Every one of them agreed that using such a product would, in fact, rob leather surfaces of essential oils, leaving it prone to cracking and fading. Obviously, this means no UV protection.

Another problem was that Murphy's would leave a soap residue unless rinsed so thoroughly that you were likely to soak the interior. This soap residue would accelerate the cracking and drying process.

Murr1525
Feb 18th, 2006, 11:17 AM
Murphy's Soap may clean well, but it certainly isnt going to leave any protection behind, so you would want to follow it up with something.

As far as the Quick Interior Detailer, it is best to think of it as a duster, not a protectant. It is very nice, leaves no gloss, just picks up the dust, fingerprints. I may use the Nxt Protectant once every two months, with 2 QID uses in between for maintenance.

r1ch
Feb 20th, 2006, 09:30 AM
I have just ordered the QID to try. I live in the UK so not much sun :) - not sure how much protection I will need :). What I definately do not want is to change the appearance of the plastics - needs to look factory fresh - not all glossy. Will try the QID first - then maybe give the Natural Shine a go - maybe on something out of sight. Will let you know how I get on when it arrives.

sneek
Feb 20th, 2006, 09:50 AM
i have a protectant on even though it seems like the sky is always grey :(

Murr1525
Feb 20th, 2006, 10:24 AM
Well, you dont want to think of 'changing the look' as a bad thing. It may well be an improvement. A protectant can make the grey plastic look much deeper and richer. It certainly has for me.

Now lots of gloss, and that fake Armor-All look, thats not so good.

sneek
Feb 20th, 2006, 10:27 AM
oh ya I tired NXT with a MF on my rear door panels and it does make the plastic look glossy it also could have been because there is a coat of natual shine under neath so for now I'm going to stick with natural shine

Murr1525
Feb 20th, 2006, 10:30 AM
Yeah, gotta use what works best for your car. :xyxthumbs

areaseven
Mar 7th, 2006, 10:25 PM
Right now, I use both on my 2005 Mustang. The dash and center console use NXT Tech Protect, while the door panels, rocker panels and trunk panels use Natural Shine (which I had leftover from my previous car). Once the Natural Shine runs out, I'll be using NXT Tech Protect full-time.

sonofjesse
Feb 27th, 2007, 04:33 AM
so is NXT not the same glosses as aromr all that drives me crazy..if its dimmer I might try some on camaro.

NismoStarsky
Feb 27th, 2007, 08:01 AM
If you don't want a glossy dash, your safest bet would be to use "Quick Interior Detailer" I use this product on my Maxima's and Xterra's dashes and it gives them a nice matte shine, and the cool part is you can use it on any interior plastic, audio equipment, wood/aluminum trim and even leather. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it, if you want a matte, non-greasy finish that makes the dash look like the day you bought it!:xyxthumbs

P.S. I have used it to clean my leather shoes and even my laptop!:rofl:
P.S.S. I use the NXT Protectant inside my fender wells and on parts of the undercarriage, it really makes them look good!:coolgleam I also use the natural shine for the rubber hoses and plastics inside the engine bay. Maybe I'm nuts or just CAR CRAZY!

LS1MONSTER
Mar 8th, 2007, 06:34 PM
I really like the NXT TP on my interior...I just wish there was a way to avoid the static. :wall: Natural Shine works well also. It's a tough call!