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    Re: How To Maintain Vinyl Graphics/Stickers/Stripes/Decals

    Hello, first time poster.

    I have the same model vehicle and I have multiple vinyl graphics that I added on after I bought the car. Hood, front fascia, and rocker panel stripes.

    I just bought Ultimate Quik Wax. Will this leave streaks or residue on the glossy black vinyl stripes?
    I thought I read somewhere that you shouldn't get wax on vinyl stripes but they were referring to the pasty wax. Does the same apply to the Spray On Waxes?

    Let me know as soon as you can. Thanks so much!

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    Re: How To Maintain Vinyl Graphics/Stickers/Stripes/Decals

    Hi,

    I'm working on a semi that has some black vinyl tape trim that is running on the white paint and making faint black streaks, Is there anything I can do to remove this running of black on the white paint? My second question would be then, can it be done by hand?

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    Re: How To Maintain Vinyl Graphics/Stickers/Stripes/Decals

    Quote Originally Posted by Hypotenus Love Triangle View Post
    Hello, first time poster.

    I have the same model vehicle and I have multiple vinyl graphics that I added on after I bought the car. Hood, front fascia, and rocker panel stripes.

    I just bought Ultimate Quik Wax. Will this leave streaks or residue on the glossy black vinyl stripes?
    I thought I read somewhere that you shouldn't get wax on vinyl stripes but they were referring to the pasty wax. Does the same apply to the Spray On Waxes?

    Let me know as soon as you can. Thanks so much!
    UQW would be fine on a smooth, glossy surface. Just dont use too much, dont want wax buildup around the edges.
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    Re: How To Maintain Vinyl Graphics/Stickers/Stripes/Decals

    Quote Originally Posted by chismca View Post
    Hi,

    I'm working on a semi that has some black vinyl tape trim that is running on the white paint and making faint black streaks, Is there anything I can do to remove this running of black on the white paint? My second question would be then, can it be done by hand?
    Not sure how you will stop the running.

    The stain on the paint should be able removable with a paint cleaner.. SwirlX, #205 would be mild, or whatever other product you were using.
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    Re: How To Maintain Vinyl Graphics/Stickers/Stripes/Decals

    Another 1st time poster, but been doing a lot of reading. This arcticle has caught my eye due to the stripes on my 1992 Camaro RS....

    The car is Arctic White (Orignal Paint) with the Red Hertiage Stripes on the hood and the rearer. The stripes have been replaced one time about 5-6 years ago. But here over the last few months they have started looking really bad again. Looks like large water spots all over them and even some darker areas that all most like like mold/mildue or something on them.

    Tried the Gold Class Trim Detailer as mentioned in this post 2 weeks ago. Probably helped and made them look about 10%-15% better, but now they are back to looking like they were again. Used the Gold Class Trim Detailer pretty liberally on the stripes and let it sit on them for about an hour before I wiped off the excess.

    Should I try to be a little more agressive with the applicator pad when I try it again this weekend and let it sit on there for a longer time, or is there something else you might recommend that I try to get these clean again.

    Awsome forums, here have really learned a lot and love all the prodcuts I have tried, use nothing buy Meguiars on my cars.

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    Re: How To Maintain Vinyl Graphics/Stickers/Stripes/Decals

    Quote Originally Posted by 92-RS-ZO3 View Post
    Another 1st time poster, but been doing a lot of reading. This arcticle has caught my eye due to the stripes on my 1992 Camaro RS....
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    It's entirely possible that the water spots you have on these stripes have actually etched down into the material, which would certainly explain why you can mask them short term. But the problem with vinyl like this is that it doesn't really lend itself to polishing or "leveling" of the surface, which is basically what needs to be done in order to remove an etch mark.

    We would not normally recommend any sort of aggressive application on this material, but if you've resigned yourself to replacing them anyway then you don't really have much to lose by experimenting. If this is not a good time for you to spend the money for replacement stripes then hold off on doing anything crazy as you don't want to make things worse and then have to live with that. But if you're ready to pull the trigger on new stripes anyway, well................

    We've read of people having some success removing swirl marks from clear bra material using M205 Ultra Finishing Polish even though this type of product is generally not recommended by the makers of these films. You might want to give that a shot, either by hand or even moderately with a DA buffer. If that doesn't take care of it, and you still want to experiment knowing full well the results may prove highly negative, then step up to something more aggressive like Ultimate Compound. But, and we can not stress this enough - do NOT attempt any of this unless you're ready, willing and able to replace these stripes on your own. This process is very much outside our normal recommendations. Even if you do achieve success with any of the above, we want anyone else who reads this to know that such a process on this material could very well ruin the vinyl. Experiment at your own risk.
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    Re: How To Maintain Vinyl Graphics/Stickers/Stripes/Decals

    Thanks Michael, I got some Ultimate Polish the other day will have to see if it's the same your talking about. At some point I am going to get them replaced. Just depends on the money. I hope sometime in the next year or so, to just have the whole car repainted (still in good shape, but a few rock dings, and scrathes ect., it is a 19 year old paint job.) I hope at that time to probably just have the stripes painted on.

    Will give some thought to your suggestions and see how I want to handle it.

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    Re: How To Maintain Vinyl Graphics/Stickers/Stripes/Decals

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    Hey guys, I'm new around here

    I didn't want to derail a recent thread on vinyl stripes, so i thought i'd start a new one.

    Here's the situation : a new, 2009 Dodge Challenger with vinyl hood stripes. The stripes are fake carbon fiber, but i'm quite sure they are actually made of vinyl. After a pre-wax cleaner, I noticed tiny spots ... almost like watermarks, but too small ... on, or in, the surface of the stripes. Almost like small imperfections, kinda "inclusions" of sorts but no real signs of contamination that can be felt by gentle touching.

    Anyway, some vinyl cleaner seemed to help. But actually, the vinyl cleaner only seemed to changed the surface "luster" so the spots are now only visible in "indirect" lighting. These spots now appear to be surface imperfections. Remember, the car only has 20 miles on it.

    So, I think I need something a bit more aggressive than vinyl cleaner, but perhaps not quite so aggressive as PlastX. So i'm thinking #17 Plastic Cleaner followed by #10 Plastic Polish on these vinyl stripes. I offer two threads to back-up my thinking :

    1. A thread where Mike Phillips remembers using #10 Plastic Polish on vinyl stripes :

    http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/sho...ghlight=m-1008

    2. A thread where #17 Plastic Cleaner and #10 Plastic Polish were used, quite successfully, on a clear vinyl headlight protectant :

    http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums...ighlight=vinyl

    What do you guys think about #17 Plastic Cleaner and #10 Plastic Polish on vinyl stripes?

    You what's a bit disappointing ... these vinyl stripes & graphics are becoming more & more popular on cars. But yet, it's hard to get good product recommendations for them. Heck, it's hard to even get consistent answers from experts on simple questions like : should vinyl stripes be waxed? For what it's worth, I've always used #20 Polymer Sealant on vinyl stripes on my Fords without any difficulty at all.

    Werewolf,
    How is the trim detailer holding up on your carbon stripes? I have a 2010 Challenger.

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