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Any advice how to clean the glossy wood trim on an MDX or what products would be good from AutoZone or somewhere? The previous owner of mine was a big coffee drinker and I can see some stains here and there. I'm not sure if I can use the same armorall interior cleaner wipes I got to clean the dashboard, and use those to clean the wood trim?
 

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Simple Green mixed 50/50 with water. Real wood is typically permanently stained by liquids, at least at the surface, so don't be surprised if that is the case and can only be remedied by sanding and refinishing.
 

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*definitely not the cheapest stuff available, but this bottle (like all of the ZAINO products I've been using for detailing interior and exterior of my '09 MDX) lasts years for me...and they deliver the BEST results over ANYTHING I've purchased locally (AutoZone, O'Reilly's, Pep Boys etc.).

I mainly use Zaino Clear Seal on most parts of the exterior of my MDX immediately after its been detailed with other Zaino products, but I like many others have also found it to be perfect for cleaning/maintaining the overall appearance of the interior faux wood (plastic) parts of the 2nd gen. MDX's. :29:


Z-CS CLEAR SEAL

Z-CS Clear Seal: zainostore.com
$29.95
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Keep in mind that it is not real wood or laminate but plastic you are trying to clean and polish out. Because it is plastic be careful what chemicals you put on and the type of pressure and cloth you use to clean. Regular soap (Dawn) and water is sufficient to remove the dirt and grime and oils from these parts without damaging the finish (Swirl marks). Use a microfiber clothe to wash them thoroughly. Once dry.. follow up with a dab of carnauba wax again on a microfiber cloth and gently "dab" on the trim. Keep the wax away from the upholstery, (some tape it off or use a piece of cardboard to protect it as they move alone) once dry use a clean microfiber cloth to polish it up again.



Now for those that are old school you have Pledge Furniture Polish, this has no harmful chemicals as it is made for wood which is easily damaged! Just clean the area with soap and water let dry apply pledge to microfiber cloth and apply, Done
 

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Now for those that are old school you have Pledge Furniture Polish, this has no harmful chemicals as it is made for wood which is easily damaged! Just clean the area with soap and water let dry apply pledge to microfiber cloth and apply, Done
Used to use that stuff before Armor All was even invented. Had a 66 Mustang with an all black vinyl interior and it worked fine. Got the dust, dirt and grime off and left a nice sheen. The lemon scented variety left a nice clean smell as well. Always thought that after treating an interior with Armor All, after a couple of days the windows of the car would be so greasy that it looked as though someone fried a chicken inside the car.
 

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I've tried hand compounding and polishing it twice, but it didn't produce significant results, although I could notice the difference.

I believe you can only achieve proper results using a polisher.

I'll make a video about it next year.
 

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If you want to put it back to factory finish i would agree the only way is to take off the panel and polish it up with a polisher and compounds. lots of tips on youtube for those interested in doing just that. Process removes the swirl marks ,scratches and imperfections.
 

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If you want to put it back to factory finish i would agree the only way is to take off the panel and polish it up with a polisher and compounds. lots of tips on youtube for those interested in doing just that. Process removes the swirl marks ,scratches and imperfections.
Mine has some surface scratches that appear to be from being wiped down with something that wasn't soft, like a paper towel. They are only noticeable from the driver's seat on the area above the glove box when the sun catches the panel just right. I was thinking of carefully using something like a plexiglass polish applied by hand.
 

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These pieces are fragile and easily scuffed and marked unfortunately as you have found out. The kids marked up the front dash one good with their back packs for school getting in and out of vehicle. I had a look at the material and i cant tell if there is a clear coat put over these particular ones? The scuff marks these receive have me believe there is a clear coat which makes sense as if not polished correctly you can permanently destroy the preexisting finish. The issue with using polishing compounds and a polisher has me concerned over pressure used and if you cut into the plastic trim to far and damage the look? Like a beginner polishing their car with a polisher the first time and burning through their paint by accident! So if anyone knows for sure on whether these parts have a clear coat to protect them please chime in.
 
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