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Product Review: ArmorAll Protectant

ArmorAll is a product sold for use on vehicles and I recommend it for that and much more. The labeling tells you this product will clean, protect, and shine rubber, plastic, and vinyl surfaces. It helps to block harmful UV rays and slow the aging process. Well, just think for a moment about other things that are routinely exposed to sunlight and could benefit from being cleaned and polished, not to mention protected, by the use of ArmorAll. Here are some of the things I've been coating with ArmorAll over the years:

  • Plastic pots and other plant containers, saucers, hanging baskets, and the hanging devices made of plastic

  • Plastic pool and patio furniture

  • Vinyl tablecloths

  • Plastic mailboxes

  • Waste containers from garbage cans to smaller outdoor trash and storage containers

  • Dustpans - It's amazing how much longer they last than the unprotected ones, and how much better they work in terms of remaining flat, especially along the edge over which you sweep debris into the pan. If your dust brush has a plastic housing, you can treat that too (but do not, of course, put ArmorAll on the bristles).

You can use this product on anything made of vinyl, plastic, rubber, or with a rubberized coating. Examples: rubberized clothesline and rubber "bumpers" used in protecting a staked tree. Do you have a garage door (or any exterior door) with a rubber weather strip at the base? Treat it with ArmorAll to keep it supple. Usually bought in a spray bottle, it will last a long time, saving you from needing to replace these items while keeping them from fading and cracking, keeping rubber from becoming brittle, and making things look shiny and new. You will extend the life of these items and save replacement costs while enjoying their unfaded look. Use on the rubber gaskets around glass on your vehicles too. Reapply a coating when needed. Use your eyes and your imagination and you'll be surprised how many outdoor things you own that can benefit from an application of this protectant.

By Margret from Greeneville, TN

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June 2, 20100 found this helpful

As you mention, there are all sorts of uses for this great product. I do have a warning however. I had the brainstorm to use it to restore the shine to my worn out kitchen vinyl flooring. It worked beautiful. I know commonsense would dictate that this could create a dangerous situation, but I was desperate. My poor old dog did a 4 way split. It's very slippery and dangerous even in bare feet. Too bad. The floor looked the best it's been in years.

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June 2, 20100 found this helpful

It is a great product. I use it "shine up" the TV's in my house-it makes the black part really look good!

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June 2, 20100 found this helpful

You have to be very careful with this product. Don't get it on your steering wheel or your brakes/accelerator. Keep in mind that some people do not like this product because it is a dust magnet. My former husband, who worked on car interiors hated it because with overuse it would become gummy and is very difficult to remove.

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June 24, 20100 found this helpful

The detailer at Honda recommended that I not use Armor All on my car. I checked out the official Honda vinyl/leather cleaner and discovered that it contains aloe vera. I'm going to give it a try and then see if I can find a less expensive alternative which still uses natural ingredients.

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July 2, 20100 found this helpful

I am going to use it on my dustbins! I like that idea!

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