Originally Posted by Fifthwind
I use the Turtle wax ice wash and polish on the whole exterior. Mostly because it makes washing off the mud a whole lot easier. The black plastic on the bumpers and wiper area turn black again and stay that way for months. I do not park my truck indoors and I live in PA so it sees salt, acid rain, pollution, pollen, road tar, limestone dust, etc., but the sun beats up the plastic the most. I use a $50 B&D orbital with a cotton bonnet and use the polish like its going out of style every six months. Everybody I talk with doesn't believe its been outside for one year let alone five.
For your headlights, I have a 99 Legacy, and after trial and error, go with the 3M kit for best results and get a UV protectant spray or you'll be re-doing it every six months.
Your wheels really date your vehicle. I suggest derping them black unless you want to go straight to paint.
I am also a fan of turtle wax.
I bought the truck in June and polished it right around my birthday at the beginning of July, this was the result:
The aftermarket headlights had only been in a few days, the week after, this happened...
I am going to be home from college next weekend and plan on giving my truck a good wash, wax and polish. I'm also going to re-derp the grille, and try the sandpaper on the headlights and see if they improve at all. If they still look yellowed, I'm going to buy some 3m window weld and attack the aftermarket headlights and see if I can get them seaworthy.
Again, thanks for all the helpful suggestions folks. I will keep them all in mind.
EDIT: As for the wheels, I am probably going to replace them with a 15" alloy wheel in a year or two. When I found out that the stock steelies weigh 25 lbs a piece, I was shocked. I will be very happy to remove ~40 lbs of unsprung weight.