Cleaning & Waxing with the carbon fiber stripes

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  1. Poorhorse Cat

    Poorhorse Cat Senior Hellcat Member

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    So far, I have only cleaned my 2016 PCP cat at the car wash. It needs to be clay bar'd and waxed. I've used Zaino in the past and have been happy with it, but with the carbon fiber stripes that have a matte finish, I'm wondering what people are using to keep these awesome looking machines as good or better than when we first got them. I don't want to make my stripe glossy. Any other products out there that maybe aren't as expensive as Zaino that work as well? Any help or suggestions would be highly appreciated!
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    i use blue painters tape to mask off my matte black side stripes
     
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    C. Charles Hahn Silver Member Hellcat Supporting Vendor

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    Masking the stripes off like huggytree suggested is a good idea if you're polishing or doing anything of that sort, to prevent changing the look of the finish.

    As far as protecting that vinyl, I have not seen or heard of any serious negative effects with using CarPro Reload sealant on matte vinyl or paint. The main thing to be aware of is that you don't allow any streaks or high spots to dry since you can't polish them off. Apply the sealant to your towel and then wipe it into the surface, instead of spraying directly on the finish to help with even application.

    I should have a Hellcat with the carbon stripes coming here sometime next month; I will try to put together a guide with some care instructions specific to this application when I do.
     
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    i have used a spray wax on my spoiler and rims....it darkens things a bit and does make a slight shine to it...PM me if your interested....it gives some protection to flat finishes and makes your car's color pop more
     
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    That would be great! I really like the look and I don't want to mess it up by applying something wrong or a poor product.
     
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    I buy my detail equipment from auto geek.net. They have a lot of videos and advice that has helped me a lot. They also rec to mask off the stripes and to not wax over them. I didn't think about the increased maintenance that is required before I ordered the stripes!! This is how I spend some of my waiting time until my go mango arrives!
     
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    If you have matte finish vinyl, all you can do is protect them with a back to black type product that has an FPS in it.
     
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    The stripes sound like they make the car a pain to clean. To bad they did not offer the same style stripe in paint.
     
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    I don't get why everyone is so worried about how to clean/protect the stripes. Its not rocket science.
    They are just pieces of vinyl. I've had stripes on my various cars for over 30 years with no maintenance issues at all.
    Any decent exterior vinyl care product works fine.
     
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    I don't have the carbon fiber stripes, but do have a vinyl bumble bee stripe that I use Griot's spray wax on from time to time. Seems to work well and leaves no residue or waxy look on the seams.
     
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    I do not have stripes on my HC, but have had them in the past. I would not recommend waxing them or using a traditional sealant. CG Matte Spray detailer is what I would use. The issue isnt protecting them as much as it is keeping them streak free.
     
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    Ok, so... I see what everyone has written...

    Has anyone had their stripe pull up with the painters tape?

    I've been just washing my cat with the wash and wax stuff to avoid using paste wax... but I want to use a real wax on the car... This whole painters tape masking stuff seems a little crazy. I don't remember having to do that kind of protection with my Camaro.

    What happens if you just end up waxing over the stripes? Bad things? Can you wax the whole car and then go over the waxed stripes with something else?

    If you go through a car wash (no way!!!) they'll just put wax on the whole car anyways, so is there really a big deal here?
     
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    Wax away, I would just avoid the stripes. Nothing 'bad' is going to happen if you wax them other than ending up with streaked stripes. I know this from experience.

    Personally I think painters tape is unnecessary, but if you tend to apply wax sloppy then use it. I am VERY into detailing and have been for many many years and have never once taped, but that's just me and personal preference. The tape most certainly will not pull up your stripes though.
     
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    MABBRYFL30 NYS President Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member

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    You will have my attention. Please put something up for the stripes. That would be tremendous
     

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