The dash, steering wheel, seats, some bumpers, the console, convertible top, door jambs, tires, and the exterior trim–when you stop and think about it, a large percentage of the car’s surface is rubber or vinyl. Issues you face with rubber and vinyl are cleaning, protecting and beautifying. There are a variety of products for each, some overlap categories saving you work and money.
Rubber and vinyl cleaners are formulated to work efficiently on these surfaces without instigating bleeding, drying or fading. Other cleaners, not specifically made for rubber and vinyl can cause irreparable damage.
Both rubber and vinyl are extremely susceptible to sun-provoked deterioration and UV damage. Evidence of this is dry, brittle, fading, cracking and peeling surfaces. Protecting these surfaces is a must, if you want them to keep their new, fresh look. It’s not a chore and it shouldn’t be an option.
On the other hand, dressing these surfaces is an option. Dressing is an aesthetic bonus, though some dressings do double duty. They replenish the look of vinyl and rubber surfaces back to new. However, if you’re a perfectionist, and you want a professionally detailed look and long-lasting life, you’ll want to do all three.