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Old 6/27/08, 11:17 AM   #1
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Rocker Panels

The rocker panel on mine is not painted - its the black plastic kind of textured look of the base Mustangs (2007) but after only 10 months its looking somewhat worn. What is the best way to clean it? You can't use clay or Zaino Z2 on it, right? I wash it with soap every time I wash the car but it seems to have some stains/road crap, even some scratches, and the color seems to be a little lighter in some spots like its faded. Should I use Armor-All on it to protect?

Also....does using clay on the paint remove any of the clear coat?
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Old 6/27/08, 11:29 AM   #2
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so it's not painted...therefore I assume it's the same plastic looking stuff that they use for a lot of SUV lower panels, you can use products like mothers black to black (idk how it works, never used it), you could try tire protectant, or just get a dye kit. Armor All might work, but will most likely fade the first time it rains. - wait, scratch that, I just realized you meant the inside rocker panels, yeah, you can just use AA or Gold Class interior protectant
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No, I meant the outside one! The black panel at the bottom here: http://www.pbase.com/bruceleibowitz/image/85277999
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Mother's Back to Black is a God-send for anyone with black plastic on their car. I've used it on my mirrors and the cowl cover on my 94 multiple times, and every time I do they get noticeably darker.

All you do is goop it on thick, wait until it gets "dry" (it never actually looks dry, it has a wet look to the end product) then wipe it down with a terry cloth, and if you don't think it's dark enough, just do it again.
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oh, I forgot there was one on the outside like that. Try back to black
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They need to make back to black in a wipe.
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The rocker panel on mine is not painted - its the black plastic kind of textured look of the base Mustangs (2007) but after only 10 months its looking somewhat worn. What is the best way to clean it? You can't use clay or Zaino Z2 on it, right? I wash it with soap every time I wash the car but it seems to have some stains/road crap, even some scratches, and the color seems to be a little lighter in some spots like its faded. Should I use Armor-All on it to protect?

Also....does using clay on the paint remove any of the clear coat?

No, clay does not remove clear coat, it removes the contamenents? that are in the clear coat.
Sort of like the facial mask products the wife uses to pull dirt out of her facial pores.

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clay just takes the stuff off the top of the clear coat, but it will strip off old wax
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