Plastic Restoration Product
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Like Armor All but WAAAAYYY cheaper is Baby Oil.
I use it on plastic light lenses (improves colour and optical quality) and all plastic interior and exterior trim (improves appearance).
I have some lenses for my Daimler project that have been treated and left for some months and they have improved and returned to a very acceptable standard. Cheap, effective and pleasant to use.
Unless it is a long term 'store for restore' apply only a very light coating as for the daily drive more is not better.
I got the tip from an ex-RAAF transport bloke. They use it all the time.
                                   
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Yeah baby oil has a lot of automotive uses. I have used it to put a rubber mounted, slip in taillight on a semi trailer, when it was 20 degrees outside, and I couldn't get it to go in because the rubber was to stiff. Also the guys at the local dirt track spread it on their race cars before the nights racing, makes the car shine and allows the mud to wash, or fall off easier. Cool stuff baby oil. JTS 71 Mach1
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I never thought of the idea of using baby oil as a substitute for Armor All. I would have guessed being "oil" based it would attract more dust and dirt. Although both you and JTS both have provided some practical and economical ideas for automotive uses.
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That is where M1FF's statement "Less is more" Idea comes from, to much and yes it will attract dust. Be sure to use a small amount and rub in well. A good way to do it is take a typical terrycloth dishcloth, put a small amount near each corner and 1 in the middle. fold the cloth and then try to wring it out, as if it were soaked with water, turn and refold the cloth a couple different ways, being sure to wring it each time. This will spread the baby oil more evenly into the cloth. If you lay it on the dash for a couple seconds and pick the cloth up and it leaves a lot of oil you have to much oil. If after a few seconds you can see just a trace of the baby oil that is about perfect as you will have to apply pressure to spread the baby oil into the vinyl, leather, rubber, etc. This won't leave a lot for the dust to stick to and if you got to much oil, a quick wipe every couple days with a clean cloth will make it look fresh again. Hope it helps. JTS 71 mach1
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1994 Ford F150 Shortbed
1986 Honda 450 Rebel
1995 Honda Pacific Coast
1989 Jacobra / Jag xjs
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(03-25-2016, 03:13 AM)JTS71 Mach1 Wrote: That is where M1FF's statement "Less is more" Idea comes from, to much and yes it will attract dust. Be sure to use a small amount and rub in well. A good way to do it is take a typical terrycloth dishcloth, put a small amount near each corner and 1 in the middle. fold the cloth and then try to wring it out, as if it were soaked with water, turn and refold the cloth a couple different ways, being sure to wring it each time. This will spread the baby oil more evenly into the cloth. If you lay it on the dash for a couple seconds and pick the cloth up and it leaves a lot of oil you have to much oil. If after a few seconds you can see just a trace of the baby oil that is about perfect as you will have to apply pressure to spread the baby oil into the vinyl, leather, rubber, etc. This won't leave a lot for the dust to stick to and if you got to much oil, a quick wipe every couple days with a clean cloth will make it look fresh again. Hope it helps. JTS 71 mach1

Excellent...will give the baby oil a try this season. Thank you for the tip!
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