What do you guys use to keep the panels looking good??
I have a 2005 Element with Blue plastic panels. As far as plastic panels go, the Blue ones are the most difficult to maintain and keep clean.
Believe me, I've tried everything and the only product that really works is the 303.
I've used Back to Black but on my blue panels but it just pushes the seemingly unremovable road film and underlying dirt around creating swirls and streaks. Yuk!
303 Protectant is expensive and not easy to find.
I had to go to Marine supply store in Marina Del Rey to find it. A medium size bottle cost me $21.
Yeah, but how did it work on those Blue panels?
It worked just great! Spray it on and wipe it off. It's that simple!
My Blue panels look like new, the original color is back and my E looks beautiful again.
I specfically bought my Blue panel E for the color which I love.
I've owned it for going on six years and only recently used 303.
Wish I used it from the get go as I've spent a lot of money over the last few years on Back to Black and long list of other products before breaking down and purchasing the more expensive 303 product.
Don't waste your money on anything but the best and that's 303.
In the long run it cheaper and your E will look as nice as the day you bought it.
Nothing happens. Just wipe it off the paint. It's safe and will not effect the paint finish.
The 303 needs to be wipe dried immediately and you need to pay a little attention to make sure it's throughly wiped and completely dry.Thanks
But, I really need to ask, as we got a lot of rain, snow etc here in the north, do the 303 come of the bumpers caused by water and weather?
After the small amount of rain we had here the next day, a lot of the Meguiars tire shine-products oil came down from the roof panels and on to the paint and windows.
I can sweep it off, but back it comes after some water splashing.
303 Protectant = no oily spots all over the car after rain/wash?:|
Edit: yeah, the blue panels look stunning -when taken care of, like yours
Ive changed the Meguiars tire shine to Meguiars bumper shine instead. And, the bumper shine comes off the panels as well, but not as much as the tire shine do. I guess it has to dry a bit before trying watering.I've been using 303 and only 303 on my panels since I got my E in early 2004, applying it in spring and fall.
My panels' finish looks the same as the set of new roof garnish access panels that I keep in storage, just in case I decide to remove my roof rack.
Formula 303 works by chemically bonding with plastic. It's not intended to make the plastic surface shinier. If applied to clean bare plastic according to directions 303 prevents further UV damage.
I apply 303 one weekend, and use Meguiar's® Gold Carnauba Plus Wax on the painted panels the following weekend. I've had no problems with wax getting on the plastic.
If streaking occurs when exposed to rain 24 hours after applying 303, it's because either the surface wasn't completely clean, or the excess wasn't properly wiped off per the directions.
But 303 won't stick to glass or wax, and it won't reverse damage. If your panels have been damaged by UV or abrasion, all you can do is cover up the damage.
If panels' texture is even across all the panels and still looks dull after washing, considering that the polypropylene used for the panels was selected for UV resistance, I would suspect that some wax product was applied previously, dried out or oxidized, and isn't being removed by the car wash products subsequently used.
I would try using Dupli-Color Grease & Wax Remover on a test patch to see if that's the case. Peanut butter would work, though it would take much longer. If I could clean off all the surface contaminants, I'd use 303, otherwise a panel dressing.