How to clean car plastic properly

Cleaning and protecting the car plastic is an equally important aspect of regular car maintenance. Knowing how to correctly clean car plastic to keep it’s shine without leaving an oily residue or waxy build will have it’s benefits, your interior will look great, dust wont settle and grime wont build up.

What’s required to clean your car plastic?

  • Vacuum with soft brush attachment
  • Clean Microfiber cloth
  • Soft Rag
  • Applicator pad
  • Very soft bristle brush
  • Auto plastic cleaner of your choice
  • Spray bottle
  • Plastic wax/protector

Cleaning your car plastics in the correct order is important as you wan’t to remove any dead bugs or grit from the plastic or from within tight to reach places. failure to do so may mean you will scratch the plastic by dragging grit around or worse, on vinyl covered foam areas (Typically on early 90’s cars) this can tear.

First you should remove any objects from pockets and doors then using the vacuum with the soft brush attachment clean out any easy to shift debris that will get sucked up. Should you have trouble removing grit from hard to remove areas you can use a soft bristle brush, don’t push too hard or you can scratch or tear your plastics.

Once you are satisfied that all grit and dead bugs are removed you can use a damp microfiber cloth to remove any dust. in areas of the car with thicker plastic that’s textured you may use your bristle brush again to agitate the dust then wipe it away with your damp microfiber cloth.

Next you are ready to use your plastic cleaner of choice. You should follow the manufacturers instructions if you need to dilute the concentrate. Typically you should apply the plastic cleaner with a spray bottle. Allow the product to settle before wiping it off with a soft rag. Allow for the area to dry before moving onto the next step which is applying protector or wax.

When applying protector or wax you should use an applicator pad, this will allow the protector or wax to be easily worked in and distributed evenly. You should take care not to apply too much pressure as this can cause the plastic to stretch or vinyl to split and sag.

Once you have applied your wax, wipe over the surface with a soft microfiber cloth to remove any residual build up from the process. If you cannot easily wipe any excess wax that has built up in joins in the plastic of within the texture, use the soft bristle brush to remove it before wiping away.