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Vinylex reviews? Anyone use it? #2617662 05/04/12 02:05 AM
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I bought some Vinylex a couple months ago to try out. The thing that caught my attention was that it says it replenishes the plsticizers in plastic trim and keeps it from cracking or becoming brittle. After a couple months it seems to work well and there was still a nice coating all over the inside of the car. The weather stripping seems to like it too and it stays put and lasts.
What do you guys think of Vinylex?

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Have used it for years and really like it. It works good on tires also.


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Pretty good stuff and available OTC. If you can get a hold of some 303 aerospace protectant either online or in a Marine/RV store grab it. Less shine and great a protecting everything from dash to leather seats (it is approved for leather.)


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I prefer it to any of the other protectant sprays out there. Vinylex leaves the dashboard clean with only a slight matte sheen, like the way it was when new. Most of the others (Armor All, et al.) leave everything mirror-shiny with a very greasy feel.

It also works nicely on door seals before winter!


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I use it on tires and exterior rubber/plastic trim. Works well. A little on the greasy side.

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Originally Posted By: scurvy
I prefer it to any of the other protectant sprays out there. Vinylex leaves the dashboard clean with only a slight matte sheen, like the way it was when new. Most of the others (Armor All, et al.) leave everything mirror-shiny with a very greasy feel.


Interesting. In my experience, it is Vinylex that's way too shiny, unless they've changed the formulation in recent years. I much prefer 303.


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Used it in the past. Not bad. Doesn't leave a bad greasy film. Currently use leather/plastic from Optimum


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Good stuff but it was too "shiny" for me.

I use 303 Aerospace Protectant now. Almost a totally matte finish so it doesn't look like you coated the interior with something. I also use it around the house and even on exterior trim parts.


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Eagle One. There's a product that basically does nothing in my experience. I'd swear it's 99% water after using it.

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The plasticizer part is of interest. Ive found with both it and 303, a lot ends up on the glass as a smeary residue.

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Originally Posted By: JHZR2
The plasticizer part is of interest. Ive found with both it and 303, a lot ends up on the glass as a smeary residue.


Try spraying 303 on your applicator pad or cloth instead of the dash. Also, try a good ammonia FREE glass cleaner (Sprayaway, Invisible glass, just NOT Windex) to clean off the residue. Might take a few hits to clean off the residue.


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Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
Interesting. In my experience, it is Vinylex that's way too shiny, unless they've changed the formulation in recent years. I much prefer 303.


303 definitely gives a more matte finish than Vinylex, but it's far more matte than Armor-All.


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The plasticizer part is of interest. Ive found with both it and 303, a lot ends up on the glass as a smeary residue.


Try spraying 303 on your applicator pad or cloth instead of the dash. Also, try a good ammonia FREE glass cleaner (Sprayaway, Invisible glass, just NOT Windex) to clean off the residue. Might take a few hits to clean off the residue.

What also helps is wiping the area with a clean dry cloth a few minutes after 303 was applied. This removes any excess 303, helps further reduce shine, and minimizes off-gassing.


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I have used 303 for many years and decided to try the Vinylex. So far I like it. I can't say for sure but I have had some cracks form in older cars hard plastic trim, not the soft/padded type of trim. A 1997 Tahoe I had the trim around the rear glass/piller area creacked a little and the trim at the corner or the passenger door cracked. I used 303 on it for yest so I hope the 303 did not cause the crackes to form. I did not notice any other problems and I currently have a 1007 GMC Sierra with very similer interior trim. I have used 303 on it for a while and have no cracks anywhere.
I'm going to use the Vinylex since it says it keeps plastic from cracking and drying out by replacing the plasticizers in the materials.
Any thoughts on if 303 does the same by replacing plasticizers or if it can cause cracking or drying over time?

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