Hey guys! I figured I’d share some car advice. Before I go anything further, I’m no mechanic or scientist for that matter so listen to the following just knowing I’m some guy who likes to take care of his cars and has listened to quite a few stories about the product known as Armor All. For the record before hearing about these issues and even during, I argued the car FOR using Armor All. I mean come on, its a product mean to protect right?
So after being first confronted with this issue, I decided to look into this. Partially because the person who brought this up was someone who I didn’t really trust as a source of information. So I started to google…and it turns out he wasn’t entirely wrong. Armor All can cause damage and it really isn’t a great product to use on your car. Now, can it make things shiny? Yes. Can it bring some life back to dull areas? Yes. But, in doing so it can do more harm than good.
In some of the cases I’ve come across, Mechanics have found tires which were treated with Armor All and being only 1 year old suffering dry rot and able to be punctured with a finger nail! The major problem seems to be that Armor All is a silicone based product. Now this really means in a nut shell that it causes a breakdown of sorts of the materials being used. I don’t know how or why this happens. Many people have claimed that certain materials need to “breathe” and that the Armor All doesn’t allow this. What happens essentially is that once you begin to use Armor All, you have to keep using it to keep it looking good until the material breaks down so much that you have to replace it.
The issue with using Armor All extends from the inside on the dash and seats to the outside on the tires and plastic. The stories I’ve seen from the use of Armor All stretch back to the 70’s and 80’s. There are substantial claims that using it thinned out a lot dashboards causing many to crack. Other people have claimed that the vinyl on the seats were cracking because of Armor All. Back in the day, cars may have needed the extra protection and hence why people turned to this product. These days, most car products are built to withstand the UV rays and will last quite a while.
With all of that being said, if you are going to find a car protectant product, find one that is non-silicone based or just do what I, and many others do, just use regular water to wipe down and clean your car. Don’t leave a film or greasy residue behind. When you use just water you’ll get a longer lasting clean because the dust and dirt won’t stick to the film left behind by Armor All and other products.
Have you had a bad experience with Armor All? Leave a comment.