How to Maintain Your Volvo Exterior Trim

Your Volvo exterior trim helps keep your car looking its best. But the rubber and plastic trim on the exterior of your car is subjected to the elements on a daily basis. Once cracking and fading take place, your car starts to look old and used up.

Let's take a closer look at your Volvo exterior trim, why it suffers, and how to protect it.

What Happened to My Trim?

You go to take your car to work one day when suddenly you notice that your Volvo trim and molding is looking old and faded. You take good care of your car – or so you thought. What happened? Car trim fades for a number of reasons, the biggest being that car owners don't apply plastic and rubber trim protection products. Here are other reasons why your Volvo exterior trim may be fading:

  • Insufficient regular carwashes.
  • Adequate carwash scheduling but the use of inappropriately strong detergents.
  • Damage from sunlight's UV rays.

Taking Better Care Of Your Car’s Trim

Taking care of your Volvo exterior trim isn't rocket science. It simply means using the right products and scheduling adequate care. You should be scheduling checks and maintenance of various car parts, so why not your trim?

Here are some suggestions where taking care of your Volvo trim is concerned:

  • When bird droppings and bug splatters occur, spot clean them off as soon as possible.
  • Use a good quality shampoo when washing your car and schedule those washes on a regular basis.
  • Use the proper products for protection if your trim still looks good. Steer clear of cheap products whenever possible.
  • If your trim is already faded, try a good quality rubber and plastic trim restorer.
  • Remember that high quality protection and restoration products will leave a non-greasy finish, offer good longevity, and – very importantly – have UV protection.

Don't Do This to Your Volvo Exterior Trim!

Equally as damaging as using no protectant at all are some of the crazy practices that have been used by car owners trying to refurbish their trim. To restore the black color to their plastic or rubber trim, some uninformed car owners tried using engine oil or cooking oil. And while it may have temporarily seemed to work, there are huge drawbacks where this is concerned.

Here are the reasons not to use oil (motor or cooking) on your trim:

  • There are no qualities in oil for UV filtration.
  • Small insects may be attracted by cooking oil.
  • Your car will smell oily.
  • Your friends and your coworkers, when they brush past your car, will end up with oily stains on their clothing. And if they're wearing designer fashions, somebody's going to be in for a whole world of hurt!

And don't use cheap products. They can be responsible for the following:

  • They can, once again, come off when brushed up against.
  • A sticky residue is sometimes left behind.
  • They are packed with silicone.
  • When it rains, you may see streaks. They can also wash off easily.

When in doubt, check with your Volvo manufacturer or dealer to discover which products will work best on your Volvo exterior trim. Your owner’s manual may be another place to check for referrals when it comes to the appropriate products to use on your Volvo. When in doubt, break out your laptop and do a search for high quality plastic and rubber trim protection and refurbishment products. Check the reviews and make a decision from there.