I made an appointment at Nasco Imports in Portland for Monday- time to rebuild this engine!
I know this post is over a year old, but it's a persistent myth that just needs to be corrected (all due respect to rcmanners). A quick lookup of the Zymol MSDS documention on their vinyl products shows the presence of polysiloxanes in both available products. Which means, yes, Zymol Vinyl does indeed contain silicone. Silicone is not the problem with products used on interior plastics and vinyls. Silicone (an incredibly broad term, by the way) is a group of inert ingredients that are usually added to a product to either modify the characteristics of another ingredient, or to aid in application (spreading) or wipe off of the product. They can increase gloss, but they don't have to. They can make a product greasy and slimy, but they don't have to. It all depends on which silicones the manufacture chooses, and how much they use. And, technically, there is no such thing as a "silicone based" product when discussing automotive vinyl, rubber or tire care products. They are all either water based or solvent based. Either can, and usually do, contain some sort of silicone but they don't have to. Interestingly, in my search for the MSDS documentation on this product I came across a discussion on a Porsche forum about the horrors of silicones on German vinyl. One of the highly recommended products was Meguiar's M40 Vinyl & Rubber Cleaner/Conditioner. It was praised for it's low sheen, non greasy or slippery feel and was recommended for interior use on delicate German vinyl where, according to the author, silicone is a HUGE no-no. Well, I happen to work for Meguiar's; my title is Senior Global Product & Training Specialist. And I'm here to tell you that our M40 contains silicone. Yet, the author of that article condemned any product with silicone as being verboten on German vinyl due to it's unique nature (another point I'll argue, but that's for another discussion). Even so, he highly recommended Meguiar's M40. With silicone. Hmmmmm.......I think that springs are next on my list. What did you get, and why?
I have poly bushings and Koni Reds all around. I'll be getting a rebuilt steering idler box this week- just enough play in it now that it can't be properly aligned.
I'm lucky with my dash- never had a crack. I've used Zymol Vinyl on all my vinyl and I swear by it. I think the trick is to never use silicone based products. They make everything look shiny, but they pull the moisture out.
Another reason I use Zymol products? They smell so good! :grin2:
Gotta cook up some pasta for tomorrow to check my handling! >
Your Spider is beautiful Jon!Drove to Vancouver BC. 300+ miles. Spider ran awesome. New cams, head work recently. Pulled strong thru all gears. Heavy traffic coming into BC and the long wait at the border. Not sure how I always pick the slow lane. Do some sightseeing tomorrow and attend Italian/ French car show on Sunday. New tires great in dry or rain. Really like the wheel change and the induction change. Not a tire spinner, but sounds and goes better than before.