Silicone Based Products in Detailing
Silicone based products are usually used in 2 main areas of detailing, rubbers/tyres and vinyls/trims.
Elements such as UV rays and environmental contaminants can cause rubbers and vinyls to dry, crack and lose its elasticity by breaking down the bonds in the material which hold it all together.
Products such as Armoural were the go to product back in the day but being a silicone based product it does not actually do much for the rubber/vinyl it is applied to besides provide a high gloss oily sheen.
Most silicone products do not contain any UV protectants so it will not prevent the rubbers/vinyls from drying out and discolouring. What it is actually doing is magnifying the UV though its glossy finish thus aiding in the deterioration of the material.
Silicon is also a magnet for dust, pet hair and air borne contaminants. So next time you see a car with shiny dash and trims with plently of dust on it you can guarantee that it has had a silicone based product applied to it.
My personal opinion on silicon products is that it should only be used on tyres as that is the only part of your car you would want looking as black and shiny as possible (besides black paint).
In saying that it is up to the personal preference of the vehicle owner. Some like the shiny look and some prefer the factory new look.
For the matte new look on dash, trims and tyres, you should look for treatment products which are either water or polymer based. Both of these will condition the material whist providing UV protection. Water and polymer based products also provide an anti-static feature which repels dust to a certain degree unlike silicone.
Silicone based tyre shine
- Clean Plus Tyre Shine
Water based interior & exterior treatments
- Clean Plus Exterior Plastic Renovator
- Clean Plus Dashboard Renovator
Polymer Based interior & exterior treatments
- Prima Nero
- Driven Vinyl/rubber/leather