Restoring fading black exterior plastic trim

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  1. 1_man_and_his_dob(lo)

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    So...the Doblo appears to be showing early signs of the affliction well known to Fiat cars designed before a certain time.....plasticus trimus fade-icus.

    I've seen lots of old Unos, Pandas, Tipos, etc. with grey bumpers that used to be black. Now it looks like the central part of my mirror housings (the bit that gets colour-coordinated on posher Doblos) is fading....and I'm not sure whether the bumpers are starting to go too :Sad:

    Anyone got any recommendation on how to fix this? I can remember buying some spray stuff years go ("Back To Black"?) for my old Citroen AX but it wasn't very good. I'm pretty sure I've seen recommendations for applying peanut butter as well :Eeek:

    Anyone with a success story?
     
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    Restore Faded Auto Trim Back To Black using a heat gun ...

    never tried this myself but it looks impressive..


    http://youtu.be/Mt8gyYJBTz4
     
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    I got some Mer Bumper & External Vinyl Cleaning Gel at one of the shows a while back.

    You need to keep putting it on but it's quite good. :Smile:
     
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    Auto Glym bumper restorer. Good stuff but once faded you need to keep on top of it though.
     
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    Not tried this but I did read about using the inside of a banana skin and also Peanut butter !! Smooth of course not crunchy. :Rofl1:

    I am being serious.. !!!:Eeek:
     
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    Auto Glym is good stuff used to use it

    I found Mer Vinyl cleaner a little cheaper - I just renovated an aging 1998 Corsa (its for sale if you want a cheap runaround!) - all its exterior trim was grey and knackered looking.

    Used the Mer on it - looks almost new! :thumb:
     
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    just use cheap silicon spray . been using it for years on concourse and show cars .
    forget all the expensive products .just cheap as you can get silicon spray. none of the products lasts very long so do it cheap. and often .have tried peanut oil etc but dont like it .
     
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    Black trim

    Hi, Neil I used to use Kiwi boot polish black of course :Wink:it came up a treat on my vinyl roof ford escort and mirrors ,bumper, etc . use a stiff brush like a nail brush and buff off with an old towel lovely finish :thumb:
     
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    Wow...thanks for all the replies already!

    So I wasn't imagining the peanut butter solution :Smile:

    Never thought of boot polish...thanks!
     
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    Works a treat:thumb: I got some from Amazon

    RRP:£7.50Price:£5.80 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery.
     

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    always used leather balsa:thumb:m
     
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    Oily rag or turps, dirt cheap and works (we dont do this on our vans though!)

    Peter
     
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    All these remedies only work in the short term. The only way for a lasting finish is to nib down with scotchpad or similar, degrease and respray. You can get a good finish with aerosol adhesive promoter (plastic primer) and satin black. It's a bit time consuming, but worth the effort in the long run.
    :Wink:
     
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    Restoring Bumper Black

    Try Wd 40 on a cloth and it cleans up to showroom finish

    Alan :thumb:
     
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    Hmmm....looks pretty good....but I know what'll happen if I try doing that :Doh:

    At least in that video the trim was taken off the car, which seems like common sense, unlike... :Eeek:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ue-1_Jk2Y0"]How to restore car / vehicle faded plastic trim using a heat gun fix - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    if as stated by some that none of the remedies last very long has anyone tried getting it sprayed white to match MH ???? Will getting it sprayed work on plastic ???
     
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    Baby oil, cheap and effective. I use it on the crap Transit plastics.
     
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    ???


    You use baby oil on an old Tranny??? Are we still talking about the exterior trim on older vehicles here? :thumb:
     
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    Yes providing proper primers and preparation are used,
    Factory white bumpers are just sprayed plastic, there not white all the way through:thumb:
     
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    Heard this somewhere:Smile:( Peanut butter smooth ) never tried it myself tho
     
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