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Just got my '14 Shelby and after the first wash, I noticed something on one of my stripes. It appears there are smudges or "scuffs" on them. Not sure if anyone else has experienced this, if so what fixes are out there to remedy the appearance?

 

Thx.

 

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Kind of a bad pic, not sure if the problem areas are seen properly in the pics provided but I'm hoping someone has some insight.

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Same thing with mine. Seeing dealers detail guy Saturday. Here's a link about stripes that had good info

 

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=151434

 

 

Yes I know it has camaros. But they have matte stripes too

Great video (despite the camaro, lol). I'll have to look into that as an option. Let me know what the detailer passes along.

 

Thx!

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Unfortunately, there's not usually much that can be done to "fix" scuffed vinyl stripes. The best approach is frequently to replace the stripes. If yours were damaged when you took delivery, I'd push for warranty replacement.

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Ford detailer does not carry anything for the stripes. The head detailer was also a bit hesitant to suggest anything. My salesman is going to call Ford and ask them for me.

RedruM thx for the update. Hope it works out for you!

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Unfortunately, there's not usually much that can be done to "fix" scuffed vinyl stripes. The best approach is frequently to replace the stripes. If yours were damaged when you took delivery, I'd push for warranty replacement.

I was/am worried that was going to be the outcome.

It might be worth a shot to try Adams products on it first? But unfortunately, that'll have to wait 8 months before I can give that a go.

 

Thx.

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I purposely ordered a color with gloss stripes to avoid this problem. If I had the matte stripes and that issue, Id likely replace them with gloss ones.

 

I use aerospace 303 on my external plastics and stripes without a problem.

 

Ive heard from other members with matte stripes that it works well. http://www.303products.com/

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I was/am worried that was going to be the outcome.

It might be worth a shot to try Adams products on it first? But unfortunately, that'll have to wait 8 months before I can give that a go.

 

Thx.

You've got nothing to lose by trying the products recommended here, to see whether they mask the damage to your satisfaction. Even if they don't, you can still use them on new stripes if/when you get them installed.

 

Yes. The scuff isn't as noticeable now that I put some detail spray on them. Made by turtle wax. I will order Adams and keep you in the loop. Replacement will probably be required every few years.

I think replacement timelines will vary by location, driving habits, and how owners care for their stripes. The sun is pretty intense at our ~7K elevation here in CO, but my car is a garage queen and I'm meticulous about how I care for it. I'm hoping the last two factors will outweigh the first and provide me more than a few years of stripe life. When they do end up needing replacement, I plan to ditch the vinyl and have them painted on.

 

I purposely ordered a color with gloss stripes to avoid this problem. If I had the matte stripes and that issue, Id likely replace them with gloss ones.

 

I use aerospace 303 on my external plastics and stripes without a problem.

 

Ive heard from other members with matte stripes that it works well. http://www.303products.com/

I'm not sure gloss stripes are any less vulnerable to damage by careless detailing, which is what the "scuff" marks sound like to me. You should, however, be able to wax gloss stripes without any problem, which would provide them with protection similar to your paint. That said, 303 Aerospace is good stuff too. I used it for many years (on other vehicles/applications) before finding Adam's SVRT. I think they're both excellent choices to protect (gloss and matte) vinyl stripes and plastic/rubber trim.

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Norton's spot on- it depends on the environment and how you take care of them. Living in AZ the sun is brutal, and if mine was a daily driver I'm sure they'd need replaced after a few years. I garage mine and have less than 9k miles on it after 3 years and the stripes are still perfect. The adams quick detail with the adams double-soft detail rag works great on the stripes and removes the streaks that you may see after a wash or dry.

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I used the machine polish on the matte stripes. It's been raining since so the car has been in garage which means no true light. I will say that it is more difficult to see the scuff. But it's still there. I will try to get a picture when it's in the sunlight.

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No real solution. Every product I've tried. Had a detailer work on it and still there. I've been using a Honda Polish now because it's the easiest transitioning over the stripe and paint. Leaves no residue on either and no gloss on stripe scuff is harder to see but there

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I got my 14 GT500 in December of 13. After a few washes, I noticed my matte black stripes were turning kinda "milky" also. I used a Mr. Clean eraser on them and the new looking finish popped right back into them. I have also order some Meticulous Matte Detailer and Spray from www.chemicalguys.com . If you use the Mr. Clean eraser, know that it is an abrasive, so use extremely light pressure on the stripes and make sure you have water available to keep the stripes wet. Once you see the grayish color disappear, wipe it down with a microfiber cloth. The eraser worked wonders!

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The matte stripes are vinyl so car waxes and glazes mess them up. On the wife's black matte stripes we use Adams VRT polishes and cleaners successfully. It is is an extra pain (effort) when detailing the car, especially waxing the metal area between the stripes on the roof. But it is worth the look afterwards.

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I got my 14 GT500 in December of 13. After a few washes, I noticed my matte black stripes were turning kinda "milky" also. I used a Mr. Clean eraser on them and the new looking finish popped right back into them. I have also order some Meticulous Matte Detailer and Spray from www.chemicalguys.com . If you use the Mr. Clean eraser, know that it is an abrasive, so use extremely light pressure on the stripes and make sure you have water available to keep the stripes wet. Once you see the grayish color disappear, wipe it down with a microfiber cloth. The eraser worked wonders!

 

Mr. Clean as in household product cleansing?

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