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After rain I have noticed the black wheel arch extensions, and other black plastic parts, seem to get stained by water running over them which spoils the look of the car, to say the least.

They are easly put back to normal using one of the "back to black" type of things but I wondered if there is an established Mini way of preventing water marking these bits.
Polish is not on as they don't want to be shiny, but is there some other magic stuff that will stop the staining?

Maybe it is because the rain here is radioactive or something, and no-one else has the same problem, of course!
 

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Donna has promised to post a detailed 'How To' in Hat's Polish & Tings thread...maybe there will be something useful in there?
 

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The latest product from carbon collective called orical would be ideal for this. It's a sealant for the paint work and plastic trim. From the videos I've seen it looks really good. But it is a tad pricey although it does claim to last 2-3 years
Here's a vid on the paintwork
And here's there Instagram, if you look through the pics/videos there are a few of a blue audi which is sealed with orical showing the hydrophobic properties on the plastic trim.
http://instagram.com/carboncollective
 

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Thanks folks, some of these new products seem to be amazing and what I am looking for.
I'll see what I can get hold of locally and if that fails go the on-line route.
 

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I use Chemical Guys new look trim gel.

Very economical to use and seems to last ages with a really good looking result.
CG trim gel lasts about 3 months and I think it very good.

However I found gtechniq C4, it's unreal!

It doesn't stain with rain like some of the plastic treatments.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=acwE3vwhoRQ
 

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Had you put anything on them prior to the water marks?

I think treating the plastic, unless you have to, makes it more likely to stain in this way.
 

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They began to show marks after rain very soon after I got the car, and I used a back to black thing to restore the colour. Hasn't lasted though.
 

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Mine seem fine so far. On my last 2 r56 cars I did not use anyrhing on them and they looked OK.

I have never found a bumper trim product that has been worth the effort, always just led to more streaks.
 

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I've heard folk use peanut butter!!! Smooth not crunchy! But I can imagine the bugs like it ....yuck!

I used GTechniq Tyre and Trim but it doesn't last that well - maybe 6-8 weeks. I was gonna try Nanolex Trim Rejuvenator or Gtechniq C4 Permanent Trim Restore next.
 

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I've heard folk use peanut butter!!! Smooth not crunchy! But I can imagine the bugs like it ....yuck!

I used GTechniq Tyre and Trim but it doesn't last that well - maybe 6-8 weeks. I was gonna try Nanolex Trim Rejuvenator or Gtechniq C4 Permanent Trim Restore next.
They do, but it's the oil in the product that makes it work. Ditch the peanut butter and use a small amount of olive oil-it works a treat, promise.
 

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Humm olive oil seems like a no brainer.. I must try that when the rain is gone. My front wheel arches are stained by the water running off the front bumper
 

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I've always used autoglym bumper gel. Ok but not perfect so have just bought a bottle of mini bumper care as they ought to know. Let you know how I go with it when I have to use it but the plastic is lovely at the moment. Black wow is raved about on many mini forums but is very expensive. It's next if the mini stuff is no good but at over double the money it will need to be very good!
 

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After rain I have noticed the black wheel arch extensions, and other black plastic parts, seem to get stained by water running over them which spoils the look of the car, to say the least.

They are easly put back to normal using one of the "back to black" type of things but I wondered if there is an established Mini way of preventing water marking these bits.
Polish is not on as they don't want to be shiny, but is there some other magic stuff that will stop the staining?

Maybe it is because the rain here is radioactive or something, and no-one else has the same problem, of course!
NeverWet Water Repellant Spray Now Available From Home Depot (video)

1:47 pm June 25, 2013 By Julian Horsey

If you have been patiently waiting for the new Rust-Oleum NeverWet spray on water repellent coating to arrive in stores after it was first unveiled to the world nearly two years ago. You will be pleased to learn that this week it has arrived at the Home Depot stores throughout the US.

Maybe in the US only.
 
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