Black plastic trim restore

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  1. Robert Smith

    Robert Smith Active Member

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    OK! That’s it. I’m done looking on YouTube. I’ve tried several products recently that swear they will “restore” the black plastic trim on cars that inevitably fades to grey. Nothing I’ve tried works. Anybody on the forum have something, or know something that ACTUALLY works?

    Thanks!
     
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    Did you try the heat gun/ blow dryer trick? I personally never used it but I have a cousin who said it worked. Also check out the Mothers back to black it is the one product that I have found to last the longest. Or you could always paint the plastic. Hope this can help in some way. Plastic trim is a pain.

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    Thanks. I did try Mother’s and it did not work for me. I’m pretty close to painting it. I recently tried a product called 303. It went from light grey to medium grey, but the protective coating that was left seemed impressive. I may paint it then use the 303 again.
     
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    I too have tried every one including mothers, with no luck. Prep, sand, and repaint is always best. If money isn't an issue spray through a spray gun with either plastic paint, or regular gloss black with a flattening agent to dull the paint from glossy. Prep is everything so take your time and prep well!

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    Plastic is like anything else, it looks new for a while but the UV rays eventually get it just like us. It’s more of an ongoing take care of it thing than a once and done thing. Like putting on sun screen, changing oil, cleaning the house. It’s like my interior plastics, I use ArmorAll on it all every few months and everyone says the interior looks brand new. I just use product to treat the plastics all over the truck every once in a while and it keeps it all in good shape. As far as what to use take your pick.
     
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    For exterior trim, I've tried Mother's Back to Black, but so far, the longest lasting stuff I've found has been Turtle Wax trim restorer in the box. Even that i really need to do several times a year to keep the trim from becoming gray.

    Interior, I like Meguiers stuff. It doesn't seem to be as shiny or greasy as Armor all in my experience.[​IMG]

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    Thanks everyone for the ideas. I will see what happens!!
     
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    Like we always said riding fast motorcycles, keep the shiny side up, and the greasy side down!

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    I've used that Turtle Wax stuff posted above. It was used on the rear bumper trim. After driving around for awhile, it collected dust like crazy because it was still "wet". And because it was on the rear bumper, when I was in the rear cargo area, the stuff got on my pants. I threw it away.

    Maybe I used too much. I don't know.

    Paint it. Ever since my Turtle Wax debacle, I've just been painting stuff. Lots more prep work, but it looks good for years afterwards.
     
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    What exactly are you using that product for anyways? Your truck is literally all white with some what seems to be plati dipped wheels
     

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