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Old 04-24-2006, 12:01 PM
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Peanut oil for detailing..

While browsing, I ran across a thread about using peanut oil to shine up the black rubber trims, like around the bumpers, door bumper strips, door handles....and I thought, "Yeah, right". Well, I had some time and some peanut oil.

The car was already clean. Put a little oil in a small bowl and used a small throw-away paint brush and just brushed it on the rubber. Let it set for about a half hour and wiped it off with a clean towel.

This stuff works great! Very easy, very cheap, and my black stuff is black again!
Anyway, while this is the wrong forum for detailing, I thought I'd pass this along.

I just love a good cheap trick and the stuff you can learn from this site.
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:04 PM
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Peanut butter, or peanut oil, works great on making black trim appear black again. I'm not sure why, but it sure does work.
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:10 PM
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I'm thinking the peanut oil would be alot easier to wipe off! Bet it is the oil in the peanut butter that is doing the work anyway. Still, if you did use peanut butter, I would recommend the smooth kind....who wants chunky looking trim!
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:18 PM
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Forever black is a great product if you want permanent, black, and shiny.

If you live near woodland animals, you might find half of your bumper cover gnawed off if you use peanut oil. That's actually happened.
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:19 PM
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I met someone that told me a story about detailing with vegetable based oils.

Seems the flies were attracted to her car afterwards.
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Old 04-24-2006, 01:28 PM
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I don't know about peanut oil but the wvo I spill on my car becomes glue like and is very hard to remove once dry.
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Forever black is a great product if you want permanent, black, and shiny.

If you live near woodland animals, you might find half of your bumper cover gnawed off if you use peanut oil. That's actually happened.
Hmm, guess I will take extra care wiping the stuff off when I get around to PBing my rubber parts. Plenty of deer around, though the dog peeing all over my yard seems to keep them away for the most part.

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Old 04-24-2006, 03:46 PM
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biodiesel works, too

I was putting a cubee of homemade bio into my tank and spilled some on the car. I, of COURSE, had a soapy wet rag handy as I always do when dumping bio into the tank. I wiped off the bio and when the car dried, the area near the back bumper had gotten some bio on it and the rubber where the bio touched stayed black and shiny. The area it hadn't touched was the grey-black.
I one heard of a guy who was making bio in his kitchen and spilled a large bit on his hardwood floors. the floors were in bad need of refinishing and the bio did that for him.
I've spilled small bits of bio on my 30 year old deck that needs refinishing and it rained last night. You can see the beads of rain on the bio spills. Guess it's also like Thompsons Water Proofer.
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