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Exterior Plastics

whats the best way to restore exterior plastics to black and keep them that way?

im on about the scuttle/wiper panel, bumper trims, wing mirror bases etc.

"back-to-black" is ok, but if you spray it it goes everywhere else, and if you spray on a cloth then wipe the part it doesnt really work, plus it wears off quickly.

anyone any tips?

i was wondering about having all mine sprayed black, but wondering if that may be a bit too much..
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Mate,

I took my mirrors off and sprayed them half in silver and the bottom half in satin black, also the bases.

Planning on doing the scuttle panel and bumper strips too as they just seem to look to faded now. nothign really helps as its too old
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I've tried all sorts and the longest lasting has been Mer plastics cleaner. It is a gel and is applied with a cloth so no over-spray.
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I use this stuff, works very well on faded trim and seems to last ok

- Autoglym Bumper Care Elite Car Care
 
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I use boot polish
 
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roeburndale, does that put the black back in the trim?

paintergirl, now theres an idea....how long does it last?
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I use tyre dressing on a small cloth... Halfords "Wet look" for instance... as I already have it and it's essentially doing the same job.. making the black come out, giving a "sheen" and protecting the rubber/plastic with some oily stuff.


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I have tried many products over the years and the best by far is Aerospace 303.



Obtainable from reputable detailing suppliers such as Clean your Car.
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This stuff works pretty well but be sure to masque up well unless you want overspray

Zymol Autoglym NEW!! Black Dye Spray from Monza Car Care
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ok, lots of different ideas, does anyone have any before/after photos of the method theyve used? know i might be asking a lot.
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I just bought some Gtechniq C4 which is suppose to help restore faded black plastic and keep it that way for atleast 1 year. It wasn't cheap something like £25 for 15ml which is enought for all the black plastic on atleast 1 car. I've yet to try it but if it's as good as the reviews I've seen hopefully this will save me alot of effort.

Bought from Rob Earl at Paint Perfection by Gtechniq
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ok, cheers. which one is the C4 on the website? there isnt one with that product code.
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The show polish actually works well and lasts as long as anything else I've tried
 
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ok, cheers. which one is the C4 on the website? there isnt one with that product code.
I ordered by phone. On their price list here

http://www.gtechniq.com/uplerds/gtechprices.pdf
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A friend of mine swears by Peanut butter (smooth not crunchy) he reckons its better than anything else hes tried.
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Zymol Autoglym??

The guys at Zymol will be frothing at the mouth ( ) to see their product linked to AG.
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Zymol Autoglym??

The guys at Zymol will be frothing at the mouth ( ) to see their product linked to AG.
Yeah although in my opinion it's not quite as bad as the shampoo that is made by Turtlewax and sold in Halfords for less than a few hundred quid.
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Re: Exterior Plastics

If it's gone 'greyish' then, as has been said, wipe off with a good solvent cleaner, and then spray with bumper paint?:
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If your black trim has gone grey it should not be necessary to paint it. A good trim detailer from Meguiars or Aerospace will get it back black and sparkling in no time. Just use a good quality product. A wipe down with a microfibre cloth dampened in the product after every wash is all it takes.
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right ok.

Springbok, that aerospace 303 looks like a protectant for plastics from what i can see, does it restore colour too?
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Re: Exterior Plastics

Not sure what you mean by "colour". It is a plastic trim protectant/detailer.

I use it on all my black plastic exterior trim (eg. Rear door handles on the 156, front fluted panel between the front windscreen and the engine compartment, black trim around the grill)

I also use it on interior trim like inside the lugage compartment and engine compartment. I know of a lot of detailers who use it on seats and dashboard although I use other products myself.

It is not commonly used on painted body panels if that is what you mean.

It is non sticky and dries to a matt finish. It gives a very natural, "as new" look.
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I used Mothers Naturally Black (used to be called Back to Black).

put a large dollop on a microfibre and wiped over all my black plastics. After a few coats she is now black and shiney. (door handles/door frame/plastic bit under windscreen.
Its not a die and has no pigment, so you can use it on all plasics and no worries if you get it on something else.
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Yes, I agree.

The non die ones are the best.
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On black exposed plastic, nothing will permanently replace that which the sun and the elements have taken out of it, as a long term remedy.A re-colouring with good satin black paint is the way to go, imo.:
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