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best way to restore scuttle panel plastic

what is the best way to restore this item please..

got a spare but its badly faded with age.. any tips please
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There's a thread a little further down about permanent trim restorer from GTechniq
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Thanks again.. found it looks good
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Seems to be lots of products which will help you, in addition to Gtech but the key to all of them is to get the plastic damn clean first. I did mine last year with CarPro Dlux, removed the panels and washed them several times with some All Purpose Cleaners. 12 months later and they still look good although I may well give then another application soon.

There are limitations however, if the plastic is fully bleached or damaged you may not get them back to looking perfect.
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Mine are awful.. so I have bought another better set...

that way i,m in no hurry and can spend some time cleaning and getting it right hopefully
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You could try using a heat gun, works a treat. Not sure how long it last but it brings it up good as new! Obviously risky though, got to be careful not to damage paint, glass or rubber.
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You could try using a heat gun, works a treat. Not sure how long it last but it brings it up good as new! Obviously risky though, got to be careful not to damage paint, glass or rubber.

I will try it later and report back.. thanks
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I used Carplan Black Trim Wax on mine:
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Spray them with plasti-dip
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With both 916's I used Autoglym Bumper care. It's a strange green jelly but it put 'grey' plastic back to a definite black with minimal effort and any water just beads straight off.
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My scuttle covers and others I have seen aren't just faded they are mottled. In one case I saw at Mitcar one half of the cover was ok and the other had the same mottling as I have. Can only conclude that there may have been a bad batch at some point. In my case it is on the list to replace when I can find a good set.
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I had mine recently hydro dipped in gloss black, looks awesome and will stay gloss black for many years
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Spray them with plasti-dip
I'm wondering about doing exactly this. But how easy is it to get a good finish with that stuff?
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I had mine recently hydro dipped in gloss black, looks awesome and will stay gloss black for many years

Any pictures?
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Very easy Bazza , not done anything on the car but have used it for other stuff .

Several nice light coats , allow to dry inbetween . You cant go wrong .
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Plenty of vids on youtube too
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Would like to thank everyone is this thread but especially Kayneo as I had spare scuttle trims with the rubbers falling off It was easy to attack them with a heat gun..
and it made an amazing difference to the look of the plastics.. came up like new.. amazed ..
I also used a hot glue gun to re attached the rubbers and gave them a clean and a little trim spray to get them like new..
I,m not 100% sure how they will last but even if they don't its a much better starting point to apply another trim product on..
will post pictures tomorrow once I get them on
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I used bmw exterior plastic renovator on mine over the weekend (came free with my main car) and the results are spectacular, it looks new again, will see how long it lasts.
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Mine (145) seem to be bleached and partly "melted" for want of a better word..

I can get some joy back using regular tyre shine products.. but I've thought that a permanent solution would be to spray them satin black (plastic primer underneath or using a black "bumper" paint).


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Mine (145) seem to be bleached and partly "melted" for want of a better word..

I can get some joy back using regular tyre shine products.. but I've thought that a permanent solution would be to spray them satin black (plastic primer underneath or using a black "bumper" paint).


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This is what I've done and it looks 10x better than before
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Did mine today with plastic bumper paint after sanding them down to get rid of the pitting. They look great, also did my wipers and loads of other parts from the front bumper area on the GTV.
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