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Cleaning carbon-fibre-effect door panels...?

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I've had this little problem for a while but never thought to ask about it - The carbon-fibre-effect panels on the doors of my MITO have become 'spotted' with dark stains. The best way I could describe it is it looks as if they're got small wet patches. I've always been careful to use good quality cleaning products (Auto Glym) but now they look unsightly in direct sunlight.

Has anyone else had this problem and found a solution? Personally, I think the panel material is prone to staining and capturing dirt easily. Poor design? Maybe.
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I'm not familiar with the material but for all interior trim I always recommend Aerospace 303, far and away the best trim detailer I have ever used.
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Since it has stained I am assuming it is a fabric rather than a piece of plastic. If so use an upholstory cleaner, one of those quick valet type products (AS brisk is my favourite) to remove the staining. Followed that up with 303 High tech Fabric Guard rather than 303 Aerospace Protectant, that would get rather messy. Personally I find that Gtechnig I1 is a better product that 303 Fabric Guard (they are designed to do the same thing).
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Yes, quite right, you would not apply Aerospace 303 to fabric. But reading the post above when Arapoda said "carbon fibre effect panels" I assumed a hard plastic surface not fabric.

Arapoda, can you confirm?
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Thanks for the replies so far.

The carbon-fibre panels are a material, a covering. It's very firm, though.

When the doors are shut you can't notice the stains but in sunlight when the doors are open they look quite ugly and spoil the doors. I'm just wondering if there's something suitable that is available in Halfords.
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Yes, quite right, you would not apply Aerospace 303 to fabric. But reading the post above when Arapoda said "carbon fibre effect panels" I assumed a hard plastic surface not fabric.

Arapoda, can you confirm?
I can, its not fabric......but its not plastic Not much help i know but i use Poorboys QD+ on mine and its great. Ive never used anything else as im not sure what is the right product in all honesty. I just read on my QD+ that it could be used on many surfaces including materials in the home.
Just to add its defo closer to a plastic I have the black carbon fibre effect dash and door panels. Do you know what the stains are?
Thanks Phil
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I think the stains have just come from cleaners I have used on the doors. Like I said intially, I've used appropriate cleaners on the panels, but they seem prone to capturing dirt and stains generally. They look like dark moisture-spots in a way. I'm just looking for something that will get rid of them.

I suppose I'll just have to give it a bit of trial-and-error.
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I think the stains have just come from cleaners I have used on the doors. Like I said intially, I've used appropriate cleaners on the panels, but they seem prone to capturing dirt and stains generally. They look like dark moisture-spots in a way. I'm just looking for something that will get rid of them.

I suppose I'll just have to give it a bit of trial-and-error.
Like i say Poorboys QD+ is great as is Valet Pro Citrus Bling.

Thanks Phil
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