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Old 09-04-2013, 09:23 PM   #1
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Restoring Black Plastic

Everyone knows that the black trim gets faded over time. I know you can use tire dressing, Armor-All and the like to shine it back up. However when it gets wet, the stuff drips off and all over. I was curious if anyone has tried the As Seen on TV crap or has anything else that can do the same job. Thanks


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Old 09-05-2013, 03:01 AM   #2
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There are a number of restorers out there that are not tire dressing. Local shops carry several. There is also some stuff called forever black that you can get on line. I've used almost all of them to varying degrees of success. Which means they all need to be reapplied periodically. They do not wash off though. Depending on how much sun and heat your car is exposed to will determine how often you will need to reapply. The forever black did work pretty well though.
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Sweet, I'll get some of that off of Amazon and try it. I have no problem reapplying it, so that's not an issue. Will definitely make my car look even nicer.
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Painting is best and permanent and I used Duplicolor trim paint after cleaning the plastic with a surface prep and then an adhesion promotor then paint and after 2 years the bumper is still retaining a nice deep black.





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Look for ultima trim and tire gel. Lasts a couple months and doesn't wash away. Like someone else said painting is probably the best bet.
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I could always just Plasti Dip it if I get really cheap/lazy. I saw some reviews on Amazon saying they wished they got a "Restore kit" as opposed to a dye kit. Is there any actual difference? I will get a couple things after next paycheck, and see what works the best. Thanks for all your help!
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Those people mention restore kit cuz some products word themselves as that so they think its better. Especially if they didn't get the results they were expecting. From what I've seen they are all basically similar and I've tried 8 diff ones. And if you plastic is really faded it won't bring it back to new unless you can physically remove the oxidation from the surface.

Basic fact is you can't really readily restore the faded color to plastic. Plastic truly has to be colored when its made since it does not really accept dyes later. Its like trying to dye glass after its made. You can't. You can coat it all you want with vinyl, dip or paint.
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