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Drunk Bumper Inserts - easy fix?

I was always told to avoid getting polish onto the plastic bits of a car as it would fade them.
However when polishing last week i accidently got some onto one of the bumper incerts and noticed it definetly came up blacker!
So decided to carry on and do the rest of it and soon had lovely nice black inserts.
Just wondering was this common knowledge or have i stumbled onto a handy fix?
Also my car is black so was using black polish, im guessing this wouldnt work with silver polish etc.
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I was always told to avoid getting polish onto the plastic bits of a car as it would fade them.
However when polishing last week i accidently got some onto one of the bumper incerts and noticed it definetly came up blacker!
So decided to carry on and do the rest of it and soon had lovely nice black inserts.
Just wondering was this common knowledge or have i stumbled onto a handy fix?
Also my car is black so was using black polish, im guessing this wouldnt work with silver polish etc.

just hope it doesn't go white when dried...and it may just wash off

the plastic products we see soak into the plastic so may last longer...
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Re: Bumper Inserts - easy fix?

Well that was about a week ago now and its still holding up fine.
My plastics were really grey beforehand so i doubt it could look much worse even if it did eventually go white.
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Was it polish or wax you applied? Some carnauba waxes do not stain the plastics. It really depends on the chemical composition.
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I used Turtlewax Colour Magic Plus, which from reading the bottle, is apparently a wax polish
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Re: Bumper Inserts - easy fix?

I'm not convinced that a 156 insert is actually an insert at all. It looks more like an integral part of the bumper moulding that's just painted black (or body colour in some cases) rather than being made of rubber or plastic and being glued on.
 
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I'm not convinced that a 156 insert is actually an insert at all. It looks more like an integral part of the bumper moulding that's just painted black (or body colour in some cases) rather than being made of rubber or plastic and being glued on.
You are quite right, it is not an insert but a part of the bumper. It is not painted AFAIK. It is black plastic.

The ones that are the same colour as the bodywork have been painted that way.
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