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Cleaning vinyl trim?

What do others use to clean their black trim on the exterior of the car, and the weatherstripping?

I cleaned, polished and waxed my car with Meguiars...... but I accidentally got some polish or wax on the black trim - (i.e. near the sunroof, the windows, bottom of the windhsield). I can't seem to get it off... and don't want to use anything too harsh. Soap and water doesn't seem strong enough.

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I make up a little home brew mixture of vinegar, water, and aloe vera. Vinegar and water to keep it clean, and the aloe vera helps keep everything from drying up and cracking.

Sounds weird but it works.
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Are you a mad scientist? My dad is a chemist......

That sounds like a good solution actually. Can you give me any proportions of vinegar, water, etc - that you use?
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If you have a friend at the dealer, he can get you this can of stuff that is a seal conditioner. It also will get the wax stains of of your seals around the doors and sunroofs.
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Any clue if that is a regular Mopar part that can be picked up? Or is it not for sale usually?
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I think it's for dealer use only ut I could be wrong. It's in an aerosol can. I've got some at home, I'll post something about it later tonight when I get home.
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Thanks!!

If anyone else has ideas......... please let me know
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Are you a mad scientist? My dad is a chemist......

That sounds like a good solution actually. Can you give me any proportions of vinegar, water, etc - that you use?
I use about a cup of warm water, mixed with about a tablespoon of vinegar. The girlfriend has one of those aloe plants so I snap off an arm and squeeze out the goo. Give it a stir and voila. I find it works best if I brush it on with an old toothbrush. Set it sit for a few minutes, but don't let it dry. Wipe off with a damp rag.

Add a bit of baby oil to this solution and you have a pretty good tire cleaner and shine in one solution.

And no, I'm not a mad scientist. I'm just the type that doesn't like using a shit pile of chemicals of my car. I'm cheap too.

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I just had to ask about the mad scientist though ;)

I'll have to try that... and see how it works.

It sounds pretty harmless.. I'm sometimes worried about cleaners being corrosive and eating away paint and plastic.

I didn't think that concentrated Castrol Super Clean could eat away paint and plastics.......... but it can!
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