:arrow: Here is the email I got from "Griots Garage" , hope it helps:
Dear Mr. Mullins,
Thank you very much for your email and interest in Griot's Garage. My wife and I have been looking at a Honda element as well (how do you like yours?). For the exterior plastic you will first and foremost want to have some of our Paint Prep at your side, http://www.griotsgarage.com/search.jsp?searchtext=11135
. Paint Prep will help you pull all of the contaminates off of the exterior plastic (silicones, polymers, inferior dressings, etc.)...these are the contaminates that will quickly (very quickly) dull the exterior plastic. Also, with that much exterior plastic, you are going to get wax on it. As a matter of fact, it may happen every single time. Removing the wax will be extremely difficult. What I do for the trim rails on my F-150 is I spray a cotton polishing cloth with a few sprays of Paint Prep and use that to wipe the area down. The wax will be gone and you will be ready to move on. Before you begin, be sure to have some Paint Prep in your garage.
Now, to keep your plastic trim looking its best, use our Vinyl and Rubber Dressing (item 11169), http://www.griotsgarage.com/search.jsp?searchtext=11169
. This is the stuff I use on my trim pieces to keep them looking new but to not give them the unnatural 'greasy' look that some "dressing" products on the market can give. Simply use a blue detail sponge to apply the vinyl and rubber dressing. The sponge will give you an even application but also allow the dressing to work its way down into the pores of the plastic trim. Vinyl and Rubber Dressing is the stuff that you will want to use each time you wash your car. It will give your trim back the "like new" look and keep it as protected from UV rays as possible.
Of course, there is not 100% uv protection in any product. Over time, your plastic will fade and, when most of the body panels on your vehicle are the plastic trim, this process will be very noticeable. If you ever get to the point where the trim looks like it is beginning to fade, you can bring it back with our Bumper and Trim Reconditioner, http://www.griotsgarage.com/search.jsp?searchtext=bumper
. Of course, this is a dye and will turn your plastic back to the factory black color. If you have a lighter gray trim (to begin, not after it fades) or any other color of trim, this is not the product to use as it will turn it black. But, if your trim is black to begin with, this stuff is indispensable.
Long story short, be sure to use silicone free products on your paint. Not only are silicones harmful to your paint, they will destroy plastic trim. Keep the area protected with our V&R dressing and revitalize it with our bumper and trim reconditioner!
I hope this information will be helpful. If you have any additional questions please feel free to reply to this email, or call our Customer Service Department at (800) 345-5789 6am - 6pm M-F and 7am - 3:30pm Saturday PST.
Thanks again for your e-mail and have a great day!
Have fun in your garage!
Internet Customer Care Representative
800-345-5789 ext. 113
From: [email protected]
Sent: Monday, May 19, 2003 3:58 PM
Subject: Ask a Question
Question:I am going to purchase a Honda Element that has alot of exterior vinyl/plastic panels. What product do you recommend? It needs to stand up to rain of course. Say check out this website. You may find a cool way to advertise your products...http://www.elementownersclub.com/forums/viewforum.php?sid=9b3e6fa820886ad352f4825ac5b95813
See what I mean?
Also I need to repaint my garage floor and I previouly used your paint. What do I do now that I have the old paint down?
Thank, Paul Mullins