Getting black trim back to black

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I'm looking for recommendations and advice on what product to use to restore the colour on faded black plastic trim pieces.
I have tried various potions over the years but never been 100% happy.

Armourall - doesn't last

Back to Black - aerosol difficult to control

Meguiars Gold Class trim detailer - washed off leaving a bloom on adjacent paintwork

Boot polish - ruins clothes !


What do you use and why?

Thanks
Terry





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Aerospace 303, excellent stuff

Use it on engine bay trim and all plastics.

All I use sir!
 

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Cheers Mark
What's it like for durability?
How often do you reapply it?
If I get 2 bottles, can I call it "BMGs 606"
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The durability is great. It's in a spray bottle.

You can spray it onto a microfibre cloth to apply.

Mark
 

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Memory jogged by your post :thankyou:
I got 2 small samples of 303 from a detailing guy at Newby last year!
There's 50ml each of the "aerospace protectant" and "quick detailer" in the garage.
Just need some nice weather to get going

I was really disappointed with the Meg's stuff - will post a pic of the bloom that it has created
 
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I like megs quick detailer,

That's it from them.

There is better stuff out there than meguires!

A lot better
 

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Yes 303 is also my choice for temporary trim dressing.
For mega durability (1yr+) there is only one product I'd recommend - G-Techniq C4:cool:
 

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Thanks for your response
When you say "temporary" what sort of frequency would you anticipate before reapplication is necessary?
Are we talking days/weeks//months?
I'm looking to restore some trim that is grey (bordering on white) which appears to have been abandoned by the previous owner. Will several coats of 303 produce an additive effect?


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Just watched a demo of the G-Techniq C4 restorer http://www.theultimatefinish.co.uk/gtechniq/c4-permanent-trim-restorer.aspx, looks pretty impressive, my wifes Civic has the same problem over the rear wheel arch, been told that this has been caused by someone leaving cleaning chemicals on the car for too long.

So as a warning when you visit someone for a carwash, normally the first thing they do is spray the bottom of the car with a strong detergent and then wander off and do something else, if left for too long before rinsing this will damage/colour plastic trim. Make them rinse it immediatly, or even better tell them not to apply the stuff in the first place. Not sure what the chemical they use is called but it is very aggresive (was told it but forgot).
 

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I like megs quick detailer,
That's it from them.
There is better stuff out there than meguires!
I thought Meg's stuff was the bees knees after your visit to the works and Liam's makeover :confused:
 

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Just watched a demo of the G-Techniq C4 restorer http://www.theultimatefinish.co.uk/gtechniq/c4-permanent-trim-restorer.aspx, looks pretty impressive, my wifes Civic has the same problem over the rear wheel arch, been told that this has been caused by someone leaving cleaning chemicals on the car for too long.
Wow - that's impressive
As I've got some 303 I'll try that first but I think C4 will have to go on the shopping list :thankyou:

So as a warning when you visit someone for a carwash, normally the first thing they do is spray the bottom of the car with a strong detergent and then wander off and do something else, if left for too long before rinsing this will damage/colour plastic trim.............. Not sure what the chemical they use is called but it is very aggresive
Our minibuses are now washed using this treatment and I asked what the "degreaser" was.
Apart from not speaking much english, the guy pointed at several 25L containers that were marked hydrochloric acid :wideyed:
After only 3 weeks I have noticed that the substantial areas of black have gone grey

I must remember not to let them loose on the Zed ......... :eek:
 

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Thanks for your response
When you say "temporary" what sort of frequency would you anticipate before reapplication is necessary?
Are we talking days/weeks//months?
I'm looking to restore some trim that is grey (bordering on white) which appears to have been abandoned by the previous owner. Will several coats of 303 produce an additive effect?


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If used on a daily driver which doesn't get garaged I think you'll be lucky to see past a month. A good thread to feedback on in terms of the durability you experience first hand.

Re the Civic arch trims, try some nut oil or peanut butter - seriously! It has a good restoring effect on uv faded plastics acting like a moisturiser :)
 

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This is what the Meguiar's Gold Class Trim Detailer left after it rained


And this is the other untreated side, shortly to receive some Aerospace 303
 

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I could do with something to sort out the crappy looking black plastic on my MINI. Shall be trying the nut oil trick next, as that's the only thing I haven't yet tried short of things like the G-Techniq C4.​
 

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I've had great results in the past with liquid shoe polish - stuff like this:
 

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I've had great results in the past with liquid shoe polish - stuff like this:
Tried that but as I said in my earlier post, it ruins clothes!
 

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A neighbour uses LHM fluid (Green hydraulic fluid from Citroën) the plastic parts on his cars looks brand new - and the car is 5 years now.... haven't tried it myself though :nailbiting:
 

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Tried that but as I said in my earlier post, it ruins clothes!
mmm must be a different brand then - the stuff I used ( Cherry Blossom Ready Wax) dried and didn't come off at all.
 
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