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    Best "back to black" trim restorer / protectant...?

    Looking for opinions on the best "back to black" trim restorer / protectant?

    Looks like the newest "best" is The Last Coat CeraTrim...?

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    Re: Best "back to black" trim restorer / protectant...?

    Polo, there are many of these products out there, I guess I`ve only tried a few. The CQuartz Dlux, to me, is outstanding and lasts a LONG time.
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    Re: Best "back to black" trim restorer / protectant...?

    I like Cerakote on my external plastics.
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    Re: Best "back to black" trim restorer / protectant...?

    Pologuy:
    Please see this link to a thread I started on this very subject about restoring faded black trim:
    https://www.autopia.org/forums/car-d...tml?highlight=

    Then there is this more recent thread on restoring plastic:
    https://www.autopia.org/forums/auto-...olution+finish
    Highly-respected Autopian Ron Ketcham`s post is #11 gives the products and methods you might want to consider.

    One over-the-counter (OTC) product most Autopian`s consensus is to avoid is Mother`s Back-to-Black. It just does not "work" as advertised, unless they have changed the formula (which I think they have). I used it, but found the Meg`s consumer line Ultimate Black Plastic Trim Restorer works "better" and it is OTC and inexpensive (AKA Cheap. Like myself, Captain Obvious).

    There are two vehicles that have acres (well, a lot) of black or grey plastic cladding and trim: The Honda Element SUV? and the Chevy Silverado Avalanche truck. I would be interested in seeing pics of these vehicles` trim done by any Autopian detailer.
    I have my own trim "nemesis" that needs attention: the black plastic trim in the rear bumper top fascia that acts as a protective trim for the rear hatch access of a 2006 Ford Freestyle. Being exposed to the sun like it is, it always looks faded and a dingy grey. The other "problem" trim is the roof body gunnels just above the doors. Those, too, are exposed directly at the sun and become pretty faded, along with the roof rack support covers.

    I also understand the concern you have for getting black trim to look its best again. There is nothing more "unappealing" to see a shiny, just waxed vehicle, only to have its look diminished by faded or less-than-cared-for trim. The cowl piece between the lower windshield and the engine compartment is a prime example.
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    Re: Best "back to black" trim restorer / protectant...?

    Chris West of solution finish covers it well here

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    Re: Best "back to black" trim restorer / protectant...?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Guz View Post
    Chris West of solution finish covers it well here
    Funny you should post that video...

    Pan, the Organizer, states that his newest favorite trim restorer and protectant is The Last Coat CeraTrim.

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    Re: Best "back to black" trim restorer / protectant...?

    Another product that I`ve read good reviews about - but have never tried - is Rustoleum Wipe New Trim Restorer. One wipe on application brings back deep black and is guaranteed to last 2 years. Costs about $16 so you`re not risking much.
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    Re: Best "back to black" trim restorer / protectant...?

    Seems like this is the latest test review...


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    Re: Best "back to black" trim restorer / protectant...?

    Looking for "long lasting" no re-dressing after a rain? Apply Solution Finish,allow dry time, apply a coat or two of Wipe New. Think "base coat-clear coat" Lasts for over a year.
    "Logic dictates I have been at this detailing thing way too many years!":wink1:

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    Re: Best "back to black" trim restorer / protectant...?

    Quote Originally Posted by pologuy View Post
    Funny you should post that video...

    Pan, the Organizer, states that his newest favorite trim restorer and protectant is The Last Coat CeraTrim.
    Hmmm... wonder if the “sponsor” Pan. Has he had it on a vehicle for over a year?


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    Re: Best "back to black" trim restorer / protectant...?

    Pologuy, great "on point" video, thanks. Looks like Rustoleum is holding its own. Crap, now I`ve got a reason to get off my dead butt and deal with that trim piece.
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    Re: Best "back to black" trim restorer / protectant...?

    I bought a Wipe New kit about a month ago. Had kind of a strange experience with it. The 1.5 oz. bottle I bought at Target showed a date code of April 2019. The bottle was completely gelled when I got around to trying it, VERY strong odor. I sent a note to Rustoleum and they said, no, not normal and offered to refund the $14. They can`t send a replacement product. So, I went to AAP and bought another kit which turned out to be the towelette wipes - - I didn`t realize it until I got home. I haven`t tried it yet.

    I have since searched for the kit with the liquid in the 1.5 oz. bottle. I wonder if it has been discontinued. I don`t see it anywhere.
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    Re: Best "back to black" trim restorer / protectant...?

    Quote Originally Posted by pologuy View Post

    Seems like this is the latest test review...
    Geez, that`s kind of an embarrassment when you witness how poor these mainstream products perform. Completely unacceptable. Good video and good scientific method by that person.

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    Re: Best "back to black" trim restorer / protectant...?

    I used Meguiars #39 Heavy Duty Vinyl Cleaner and a brush on faded black plastic with great success. It`s been 5 months and its still looking great.

    Next summer I will try Polish Angel Black Bond Plastic & Rubber Coating or Gyeon Quartz Q2 Trim Protector and Restorer.

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    Re: Best "back to black" trim restorer / protectant...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fskof View Post
    I used Meguiars #39 Heavy Duty Vinyl Cleaner and a brush on faded black plastic with great success. It`s been 5 months and its still looking great.
    Huh, when I tried it it didn`t do anything much, not really different from any normal "Vinyl/Rubber Cleaner" and certainly not capable of restoring any fading. Didn`t do *squat* to the bits on the Tahoe. Well, it did clean them OK but they still looked awful.

    Maybe they`ve changed it, or..more likely I bet...some plastics just respond differently. OR...the Tahoe was just more trashed than Autopians would try to fix.

 

 
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