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I'm not sure what they call the black strips that run from the windshield to the rear window on either side of the roof, but I think they call them "roof moldings"? Anyways, can anyone recommend the best way to clean them, and with what? My 2012's roof moldings are badly corroded and discolored and look horrible. I've already tried Mothers' Back to Black and all that did was make them shiny, but it did nothing to remove the corrosion. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

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It’s oxidation. PepBoys Carries a product to clean this. I haven’t tried it, and I don’t really recall who makes it.

I had similar on my 2014 window/door Rubber. The part that seals and wipes water from the door windows when yo lower/raise the window for the squeegee effect.

I used Aerospace 303 cleaner and a microfiber cloth (with plenty of elbow grease) to remove this, then I treated with Aerospace 303 protectant to prevent its return.

It worked well for me.

In the event that you can’t clean it up, the roof trim comes out easily and can be replaced.
 
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It’s oxidation. PepBoys Carries a product to clean this. I haven’t tried it, and I don’t really recall who makes it.

I had similar on my 2014 window/door Rubber. The part that seals and wipes water from the door windows when yo lower/raise the window for the squeegee effect.

I used Aerospace 303 cleaner and a microfiber cloth (with plenty of elbow grease) to remove this, then I treated with Aerospace 303 protectant to prevent its return.

It worked well for me.

In the event that you can’t clean it up, the roof trim comes out easily and can be replaced.
Thanks so much for the advice. I'll try it!
 

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It’s oxidation. PepBoys Carries a product to clean this. I haven’t tried it, and I don’t really recall who makes it.

I had similar on my 2014 window/door Rubber. The part that seals and wipes water from the door windows when yo lower/raise the window for the squeegee effect.

I used Aerospace 303 cleaner and a microfiber cloth (with plenty of elbow grease) to remove this, then I treated with Aerospace 303 protectant to prevent its return.

It worked well for me.

In the event that you can’t clean it up, the roof trim comes out easily and can be replaced.
We might need that Aerospace 303 cleaner. Thank you
 

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Were you able to remove it?
I never was able to find that Aerospace 303 cleaner mentioned above. I finally just removed them, sanded them down and spray painted them in a matte black. But I've since traded my 2012 V6 for a 2020 Ecoboost, which thankfully doesn't have those moldings.
 

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This is an old thread, I now need to revisit and update. I have used the 303 products on my rubber window seals and it works great. Now I’m having the same issue that Stymyx was having with the roof trim. So, I’ll be ordering a bottle of 303 cleaner and give it a try on plastic. I will report the results, and if it doesn’t work, I’ll do my best to find something that does. As a last resort, I too will paint them. I can’t easily replace mine, because they’re actually glued into place (long story).
 

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After you've cleaned it, you might try Solution Finish to see if it helps. If that helped restore it back to an even black look, you could try putting on a trim coating to lock it in and hopefully it will keep it from oxidizing again. You might be able to kill two birds with one stone with Cerakote.
 

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Thanks, I really only started noticing this crap after having the car repainted. I started to scrutinize the whole exterior and now I’m obsessing on it. I wish I could have a few days of energizer-bunny superpowers and appropriate weather. I’d like to buff/paint correct/detail the whole car, but my batteries are on 1/4 charge these days.
 
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