Gregm, if you show me the idea, I will banish it. LOL
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Be your own judge, but I have been using Armor All on many many things for thirty years and have never noticed any damage. I owned a 1973 240 Z Datsun that still had it's dash without the cracks so many had when I sold it in 1984. I used alot of Amor All on that car. You did have to strap yourself in good though as the seats did get slick. I also have been using it on wood firniture for as many years. (Though I have heard that if I ever want to refinish any of that furniture I may be in trouble, but as of yet no problem.) I have heard that if you use it on something; it is best to continue to use it or that will cause cracking etc..., but I don't know. Like I said: You be the judge. Me: I'm still using. (Armor All that is.)
For those who want to know the product is made from orderless mineral spirits and a mixture of various types of silicone. It will dry out over time. However if you keep applying it the silicone will keep the surface moist and slick. The solvent is used to aid in quick drying of the material when applied.
Tire wet is very similar. Have you ever noticed how your tires look after a few days in the sun? Discolored and faded.
You all are an intelligent bunch you figure it out.
Oh man....Armor-All is an AQUAEOUS product containing a monomer that binds a single-molecule layer over vinyl and similar plastics. I don't think there's ANY silicone in it!
The problem with speakers is that some surrounds are made of butyl rubber, for which Armor-All doesn't act as intended.
On vinyl it's great for sealing/protecting the surface.
Silicone mixtures simply COVER surfaces, shining 'em up (tires, etc.). Armor-All shines up vinyl, etc., by returning it to an ultra-smooth surface that reflects light.
there's a product reportedly suitable for speaker surround treatment mentioned in the last "Stereophile - Fine Tunes" June 2002 issue, before Skull left the mag.
"Meguiar's #40 Vinyl & Rubber Conditioner".
Scull also mentions a couple of other alternatives:
One Grand Exterior Rubber Treatment
Sonax Trim Protectant
J-10 then goes on to review the positive effects of treating his car's speakers with the Meguiar's
Check it out if desired; the article is even available online if you don't have the issue anymore.