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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-24-2006, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
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Vinyl/plastic cleaner & protector that doesn't shine?

Hey all,

what does anyone recommend for cleaning/protecting your interior and that, also, doesn't leave a shine? I really prefer the soft, satin finish of most modern, stock interiors but it seems like most products tend to leave a shine that's wayyyyyy too glossy for me.

I won't touch Armor All and though I've tried Meguiars Natural Shine it really seems anything but natural even when I quickly buff it off. I've, also, tried Meguiars NXT Tech Protectant on a previous recommendation and wasn't especially thrilled.

So, ideas please?

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You said you won't touch it, but they do have a low gloss version.
http://www.armorall.com/prod_lowshine.html

Then there's this.
http://www.autopia-carcare.com/sw-dressing-16.html

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I've just tried several Armor All products over the years and disliked them all. On top of that i hear so many people with warnings against it's use.

Has anyone tried Meguiars "Quik Interior Detailer" or Eagle One's "Nano Protectant"? Both seems to claim a more satiny luster.

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Did you look at the 2nd link. Looks like a possibility.
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Did you look at the 2nd link. Looks like a possibility.
Yes, I did thanks. I'm over at that site reading now.
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Meguiar's Quick Interior Detailer doesn't give anywhere near as much shine as Armor All.
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Thanks for all the replies. I went with Eagle One's "Nano Protectant" as it specifically mentioned drying to a natural, satin finish and it was available just down the street from me at the local Advance Auto Parts. It seems to work quite well and doesn't overdue the shine at all. in fact, once or twice I had to apply it a second time and leave it on a few minutes longer before buffing it off as it dried completely flat.
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Meguiar's 'Natural Shine' is great if you dont want that glossy greasy shine. Just gives it the natural look.
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Meguiar's 'Natural Shine' is great if you dont want that glossy greasy shine. Just gives it the natural look.
Thanks, I know a lot of people seem happy with it but I tried that stuff previously, as mentioned in my OP, and I didn't have that result with it. Maybe I was doing something really stupid with how I applied it but the end result was too shiny even when I immediately buffed it off. Indeed, it was NOT greasy but it didn't look remotely like a 'factory style finish' finish to me. I've still got a full bottle of it after using maybe 5 squirts of it. lol
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Alittle late on the thread but i figured i'd post my preferences anyway.

Personally I don't use protectant anymore on my vehicles or in details, If the protectent has any silicone in it at all you have to make sure you reapply that stuff every so often for the life of the panel. Once you silicone treat a panel you've gotta keep it up or it will prematurly warp and fade, its just what happens. Stuff thats designed to protect usually has some amounts of silicone in it, and thus you should keep using it, you probably dont have to if its low amounts of silicone (low gloss) but you should. Theres nothing wrong with using protectant stuff and it works good as long as you use it consistently- it does its job as long as its reapplied.

I use my foam away (from vesco oil corp.) to clean everything in the interior and it leaves everything with the flattest shine you can imagine, it all looks amazingly clean because there is such a naturally fresh look to it.
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Thanks for the reply Japy. The previous owner of this car had slathered everything in Armor All from the looks of it. The top of the dash was a big shiny mess.

After cleaning everything throughly, it just looked too flat to me, like some of the panels had lost their factory sheen.

Anyway, the Eagle One Nano-Protectant has been doing really good for me. It leaves a nice satin finish on most surfaces, it doesn't feel greasy at all and it doesn't seem to build up. Going over something a 2nd time evens it out better but doesn't tend to increase the shine.

I, also, tried Meguiar's Quik Interior Detailer out of curiosity and would have to say that it doesn't leave any finish whatsoever. It's, also, not a great cleaner so seems only good for the most superficial clean up. I ended up using it on my windows and gauge cluster. :p
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I really like NuVinyl. Low gloss, lasts a long time, and one bottle goes a long way. I don't know if it's no longer available or just hard to find, but the last time I went looking for it I couldn't find it.
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Maybe you were applying too much of the NXT protectant. I use it all the time (sparingly is the key) and I get a very nice factory fresh look. No gloss and plastics appear very black.
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It's possible some of it depends on the type of vinyl/plastics it's being applied to, as well. The NXT looked quite different when I applied it in my 2002 Saturn vs my 1993 Imperial.

I really wish there was something that would clean the interior, leave a protectant, but no true visible finish of it's own but this doesn't seem to exist. Automotive manufacturer's spend $$$$$$ making flat/matte interiors and protectant makers spend $$$$$ glossing them up. lol
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Meguiar's 'Natural Shine' is great if you dont want that glossy greasy shine. Just gives it the natural look.
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