Have you ever seen a newly detailed car with dirty or chalky trim? It totally ruins the whole look! Your vehicle’s trim can seem minor, but it makes a huge difference in the overall look of your car. While it may seem intimidating at first, it’s not as hard as it seems. There are a couple of situations that you can encounter when cleaning your trim: a normal maintenance cleaning and the occasional clean up you have to do when you accidentally get product on your trim. Let’s take a look at them in closer detail.


Let’s say that your trim is just dirty from daily driving. It has accumulated dirt, grime, and other road debris from simply driving around. Picking up the kids, getting the groceries, going to school or work- anything can get kicked up and put on your trim. In this case, you can use Nonsense to gently clean your trim. Nonsense is an all-purpose cleaner that you can use on just about anything on your car. If it’s dirty, Nonsense can clean it! What I really love about Nonsense is that it doesn’t have any smell or color, meaning it’s ultra-safe and doesn’t reek when you’re detailing. There’s nothing worse than noxious chemical smells to ruin a perfectly good detail! Simple spray nonsense on a quality microfiber towel, wipe the surface, and then buff to a clean shine. Nonsense can be diluted to your needs, but in general, we recommend using a 10:1 dilution ratio.



Green Heavy Polishing Pad

This pad produces less spot heating and has a unique compression/load/deflection ratio which means it conforms quickly to contours. It is strong enough to remove swirls and scuffs while at the same time producing a high gloss swirl free finish. This foam is also ideal for applying one-step cleaner waxes and polishes. It is a balance of polishing and finishing that is perfect for an all-in-one product application.


White Medium-Light Polishing Pad

Less dense foam formula for the application of cleaner waxes, micro-fine polishes and sealants. This pad has a very light cutting power so it's perfect for pre-wax cleaners. It is the most well used pad as it is ideal for application of pre-wax cleansers as well as many finishing polishes.


Blue Glaze & Cleaner Foam Pad

Unique composition complements all glazes and light surface cleansers perfectly delivering a super fine finish for use with ultra fine polishes or any glaze.



Black Finishing Foam Pad

Composition is firm enough to withstand added pressure during final finishing to remove buffer swirls. It has no cut and will apply thin, even coats of waxes, sealants and glazes.



Red Perfection Pad-Ultra Fine Finishing Pad

This pad has an ultra soft composition which has no cut for applying refined waxes and sealants over sensitive painted finishes.



Polishing pads fill up with spent polish abrasives and removed paint residues as the job wears on. This residue and removed paint clogs pads and causes inconsistent polishing work during a job. All these residues can also turn into a hard cement-like mass inside buffing pads if left to dry, which ruins the polishing abilities of the pad. The secret to maintaining polishing pads for years of reliable use is in keeping them clean. Clean out old compound, particle abrasives, and removed paint residues to keep pads soft, flexible, and ready for controlled paint removal. Keep one set of polishing pads and clean then during the job to maintain maximum effect and shorter polishing times, or change out between several sets of pads for nonstop polishing and clean them all at the end of the day for faster turnaround time. Keep a bottle of Chemical Guys Polishing Pad Cleaner and Rejuvenator on hand to clean, restore and prolong your buffing and polishing pads. The ergonomically designed Foam Pad Cleaning Brush scrubs wax and polishes out of the foam and restores its original texture. Professionals polishing lots of cars in a shop setting benefit from the fast and thorough action of the Grit Guard Universal Pad Washer, which cleans and dries all types of buffing pads on virtually any machine in seconds.

*Down below is a flow chart of a simple breakdown of the pad, their purposes and descriptions which you can use for future reference.



Now, let’s say you were waxing your car and you accidentally got wax, sealant, or polish on the trim, causing it to turn white. Just an all-purpose cleaner isn’t going to do the trick. In this case, you’re going to want to use Trim Clean, which is specially formulated for those slip ups with finishing products like glazes, sealants, and waxes. Application method is the same, though. Simple spray it on a microfiber towel, and wipe the surface in question. You’ll still want to buff the surface after it’s clean too!



No matter which product you choose to use, you’ll want to follow both methods with a premium Chemical Guys dressing. Dressings not only restore the rich, deep black color to the trim, they also lay down protection from UV rays, so your trim stays protected longer. You can use a water based dressing like VRP, an oil based dressing like Blue Guard, or a spray aerosol dressing like Black on Black. No matter which product you use, you’re sure to restore your trim and get it looking great!