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Old 08-22-2012, 02:21 PM   #1
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Restoring trim Questions: forever black vs Back to black

I've considered forever black. But I recently have seen some pictures that show streaks on the trim. I see alot of people on here use Mothers Back to black. But doesn't last long.

If there is a better way to prevent streaks from the dye I would consider it rather than back to black. Any suggestions?

I've got questions about my leather interior. Whats the best conditioner for that? I was thinking meguiars.


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Old 08-22-2012, 04:13 PM   #2
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Forever Black is a trim dye. As such it is permanent. It is applied with a foam applicator of minimum thickness, as such, you need multiple applications to eliminate any streakyness that may happen. Just keep applying and letting dry until it's uniform.

As for your leather I'll just say this:
modern automotive leathers (especially a 2009) are plastic coated. As such, no conditioning is necessary. Any conditioner that you apply will merely sit on the surface. It's not possible for it to "soak into" the leather unless you plastic coating is so deteriorated as to be gone. In that case, you have bigger fish to fry.

All that is necessary for your leather is a thourough scrub with a 1:2 ration of woolite to water followed by a clean water rinse wipedown. This will leave your leather matte and new looking like so (keep in mind this is 6 year old leather now in my '06 Fusion so yours will look better than this even)



And the rinse water bucket (formerly clean)

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Old 08-23-2012, 04:05 AM   #3
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Forever Black is a trim dye. As such it is permanent. It is applied with a foam applicator of minimum thickness, as such, you need multiple applications to eliminate any streakyness that may happen. Just keep applying and letting dry until it's uniform.

As for your leather I'll just say this:
modern automotive leathers (especially a 2009) are plastic coated. As such, no conditioning is necessary. Any conditioner that you apply will merely sit on the surface. It's not possible for it to "soak into" the leather unless you plastic coating is so deteriorated as to be gone. In that case, you have bigger fish to fry.

All that is necessary for your leather is a thourough scrub with a 1:2 ration of woolite to water followed by a clean water rinse wipedown. This will leave your leather matte and new looking like so (keep in mind this is 6 year old leather now in my '06 Fusion so yours will look better than this even)



And the rinse water bucket (formerly clean)

Thanks for the tips. Sounds cheaper too. My leather interior looks pretty good. Is the same color as your fusion leather.There are some slightly noticeable creases on mine. I was just worried about the wear and tear in the future. There is no real damage now. I see you used a bristled brush. I'm hoping that won't scratch it up. I'll test it out in a small area.

About the exterior trim. That sounds good but I was just told that black shoe polish paste (dye) is good. I'm willing to try it but I'm worried about sun damage as shoe polish is meant for shoes not cars. Whats your opinion on that? If thats a really bad idea I will definitely try the forever black.



A tip for anyone.
The magic eraser helps remove paint scuffs on your exterior paint pretty well. But obviously it won't fix if there is a scratch but removing the paint marks is awesome.
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I did not like meg's leather cleaner, it made it turn white and I had to scrub it off. I tried chemical guys leather cleaner and it had no bad effects, but like lyonsroar said the leather is coated, and doesn't do anything other than make it smell like leather. I am using mine to clean my couch and other leather products.
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I wouldn't even bother with the shoe polish honestly. I can't see it lasting very long at all. Just do it right. Do it once.

I was concerned with scratching also with the brush however it didnt hurt anything.

The creases are just part of aging leather. Keep it clean with the Woolite mix and you should be fine.
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