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Faded black plastic

Wondering how others deal with the black faded plastic parts? My 159 has plastic by the windows and it is a light gray rather than black. I saw on youtube you can use a heat gun to restore it. I did it on a small area out of sight and it looks to just burn the plastic so I do not really want to do that on visible areas.

Any other long term methods? I know you can buy sprays, I tried one that lasted about a week or 2 then it was back to faded
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Gtechniq C4, it's brilliant.
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I agree, the ones that last only a couple of weeks are, well, annoying. Gtechniq C4 is long lasting but expensive upfront. I recently got some CarPlan Black Trim Wax - moderate price and lasts months rather than weeks. I'm happy with the application, and its non-glossy finish. It looks quite natural and for now I'm sticking with it.
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I agree, the ones that last only a couple of weeks are, well, annoying. Gtechniq C4 is long lasting but expensive upfront. I recently got some CarPlan Black Trim Wax - moderate price and lasts months rather than weeks. I'm happy with the application, and its non-glossy finish. It looks quite natural and for now I'm sticking with it.
It is expensive but I think I could do the whole car twice with that little bottle.

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Solution finish - pricey but lasts about 6mo/application.

Solution Finish - Black Trim Restorer - Clean Your Car

Even used it on my metal wiper arms and it looks great!
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I think £15 isn't bad if it lasts 6 months. Thanks for suggestions. Waiting for my car to come back from bodyshop then I will give them a go
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This works well for tyres and black plastics on the car. It does a great job on the Giulietta's rear diffuser which is prone to fading:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Meguiars-En...uiars+tyre+gel
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This stuff works for me Swissvax Protecton 250ml | Trim Detailer | 1042010
As the plastic gets older though, you can get to see injection flow marks as most polypropylene material has talc in it as a filler which can be seen as streaks as the plasticisers dry out. The black products dye this pretty well but I've heard peanut butter is effective too!
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I'm a great fan of Aerospace 303. I've been using it for years and highly recommend it.
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I've just bought this, I'm a huge fan of Wolfgang products , £22

Will report back after I use it. Supposed to keep black parts black and protect against uv etc
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I'm a great fan of Aerospace 303. I've been using it for years and highly recommend it.
I use that on the rubber and plastic after its been restored with gtechniq c4. Great results and protection.
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Boiled linseed oil. £4 from B&Q.
Peanut butter (not the extra crunchy though).
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