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May 31, 2015
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Come on then gang, let’s have a refresh on products for getting those grey plastic bumpers looking good….

Most products are good but they don’t tend to last long, come on share your secrets….😎
 

Silver-Fox

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Using a heat gun for paint stripping is one way.

I’ve never done it myself.

Smooth peanut butter is one cheap product.
Ok so long as you’re not allergic to nuts 😉😊
 

Wombles

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Use this on car & motorhome https://www.autoglym.com/bumper-and-trim-gel - not cheap but does a good job

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Two on Tour

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I used Forever Black Bumper & Trim Cleaner on the Ducato PVC we had where the black plastic had gone grey after reading online user reviews and was more than pleased with the results.
A year after applying it looked like the day I did it.
It's a small bottle but it goes a long way.

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Tombola

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Ive tried VAseline, OK but catches the dust a bit too much,
WD40
heat gun
and tried a few sprays but found this is the easiest and best,
Amazon product ASIN B01B9T5MN0

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Sep 17, 2017
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Our 2007 had grey trims that had gone water stained, faded and dull. A couple of hours with Back to Black stained them a consistent and glossy black. It made the van look much less dated. It did need topping up annually though to keep the deep black colour.
 
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A friend of mine who was a valeter said one of the cheapest and easiest methods for bringing the black trim back was to use baby oil.
Tried it on my faded trim on a 2000 fiat ducato coachbuilt on door, mirror and other black trim, and front bumper and worked a treat!
 
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Come on then gang, let’s have a refresh on products for getting those grey plastic bumpers looking good….

Most products are good but they don’t tend to last long, come on share your secrets….😎
Do you mean to restore grey plastic bumpers back to grey.....
Or to restore black bumpers that have turned grey back to black.
Reading your post I would say the former but lots of Funsters are quoting the use of black products.?
 
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Just smiffy
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It’s a pain doing it regularly to get the black plastic back to black (there’s a song in that) especially when some polishes make the edges white…
I like the results PP Bear has had so I’ll give it a go when I get some.

Keep the suggestions coming….😎

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Hi.
Another one for Mequiars ? Products. NEVER used them myself,but a neighbour,who restored old cars came up and tidied up an area on a back door,where i had taken a big Decal off with their stuff. 15 mins later you would have never known anything had been on the door at all.
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ambulancekidd

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I will let Mr ambulancekidd explain why using a heat gun is not best practice, go for it Robert. (y)
LES
Cheers Les, using a heat gun makes the plastic look good for a week or maybe a month because it brings the natural oils to the surface, but there is nothing left to retain those oils & it'll look worse that ever.
Someone had done this to our motorhome before I bought it. What a mess & I gave up trying to fix it with the usual potions.
So last year, I painted it with black bumper paint & it has come up reasonably well. (photos to follow).
This is how it looked a few weeks after we bought her, looks terrible.
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& after a few coats of the proper paint, still with bits to do.
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One more coat was required & it looked pretty good.
 
Oct 29, 2008
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I started a project which was a long term test of a plastic colour restorer some time back and it's going to move forward with Geoff who bought my business.
My gray plastic had lost its colour and seemed to show lines where it had cooled originally. Heres a photo of a panel half treated. Hopefully it wull be on the market soon once tests are finished.
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Lenny HB

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Using a heat gun for paint stripping is one way.
NO NO, NO, Back street car dealer trick looks good for a couple of months but it permanently damages the plastic.

Olive oil is a good as antthing but if you want a perminant solution spray with a special plastic paint.
 
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Oct 29, 2008
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Ive tried every oil, and many supposed black restorer polishes. Finding one that does the job and lasts, that's the secret. I think we have found a good product but wexare just finishing our tests.

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Just smiffy
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I bought some autoglym bumper and trim gel today, hopefully give it a go tomorrow…😎
 

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