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    Help restoring faded plastic

    Hi There,



    I have a really faded piece of hard plastic at the bottom of when windshield meets engine bay. Anyone have any experiences in restoring something like this? I have tried Chemical Guys bare bones but that didn`t do much. Not sure if hitting it with a DA with something abrasive would help? In searching I haven`t found a solid answer to this one.
    Any help is appreciated!
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    Re: Help restoring faded plastic

    I have had success in similar using either gtechniq c4 or carpro dlux


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    Re: Help restoring faded plastic

    Solution Finish is my go to product for restoring plastics to their former glory. You can top it with DLux for longer lasting results.
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    Re: Help restoring faded plastic

    Thanks, Ill give that a shot and post my results back.

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    Re: Help restoring faded plastic

    Polish angel black bond

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    Re: Help restoring faded plastic

    Finish Kare #425 has worked very well for me as well as on the painted surfaces.
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    Re: Help restoring faded plastic

    Tried Gyeon Trim last week, workin out great so far. Here is my post...
    https://www.autopia.org/forums/detai...iew-short.html

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    Re: Help restoring faded plastic

    Carpro dlux: it lasts for ages
    Cars: bringing people together
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    Re: Help restoring faded plastic

    Lots of different approaches these days, and it seems like all of `em have worked great/lousy for somebody.

    My first-attempt is:

    -Griot`s Rubber Prep
    -Ultima Tire & Trim Guard Plus

    That`s often sufficient and it`s very quick/easy and if it works I can just maintain with something like OCW/D156 for a year or more. Refreshing the UTTG+ before it really needs it can basically keep working forever IME. I only ramp up from this approach as needed.
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    Re: Help restoring faded plastic

    I`ve recently started using McKee`s 37 Trim Restorer and really like it. I found it really easy to apply using a sponge applicator.

    It was used on some plastic that was almost as faded as what is pictured and it has actually held on pretty well through the winter.

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    Re: Help restoring faded plastic

    I have purchased the black bond but no chance to use it yet.
    Heard from a rep of a competing product that D-LUX probably has the longest life though. Even though he is a rep from another brand, he said he has used DLUX and will swear it lasted over 18 months on one truck and 2 full years on another---- now thats a testimony for sure. The main thing I dont like about car-pro products is all 3 of them that I have used are VERY sensitive / tricky /picky to use. NO SUNLIGHT @ ALL during application or YOU WILL get streaking.

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    Re: Help restoring faded plastic

    Iíve used solutions finish in past and it works well and last decent but sometimes it just isnít worth the time it takes, but the other day I got a bottle of Poorboy world trim restore and I tried it out today and here is a 50/50 for you all. how long it lasts I canít say but I can say Iím pleasantly surprised on how little was needed and easy it was to use


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    Re: Help restoring faded plastic

    i like car pro pearl. i often find a really beat finish looks dramatically better the next day after curing. lasts a good while too.
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    Re: Help restoring faded plastic

    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator View Post
    Lots of different approaches these days, and it seems like all of `em have worked great/lousy for somebody.

    My first-attempt is:

    -Griot`s Rubber Prep
    -Ultima Tire & Trim Guard Plus

    That`s often sufficient and it`s very quick/easy and if it works I can just maintain with something like OCW/D156 for a year or more. Refreshing the UTTG+ before it really needs it can basically keep working forever IME. I only ramp up from this approach as needed.

    I agree, this is the best method of trim maintenance.

    For restoring faded trim I`ll use OPC 3:1 and a soft boars hair brush to clean away as much oxidation as possible.

    Then I use Capro Eraser to remove any residue (although I assume Griot`s rubber prep would be better suited for this task)

    Then I apply Wolfgang Exterior Trim Sealant.

    WETS seems to work better for me on faded trim than UTTG.

    Like Accumulator said, maintaining your trim with either D156 or Optimum Car Wax will basically maintain the trim sealant for a LONG time. It`s been over a year since I applied WETS to my trucks plastic and rubber trim but because I use d156 bi-weekly and OCW bi-monthly my trim still looks like I just applied WETS.
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    Re: Help restoring faded plastic

    What is d-156 ??

 

 
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