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Re: What To Use - Black Exterior Trim Fading

I used to use 303 but switched to Mother's back to black. It lasts longer and it's a lot cheaper.
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Re: What To Use - Black Exterior Trim Fading

Wolfs Chemical Trim coat..I would watch the YouTube video.
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Re: What To Use - Black Exterior Trim Fading

I've used Bondo Restore Black on several older vehicles; it's excellent stuff. Apply it with disposable foam brushes; you'll never wash it out of a regular brush. If it looks streaky after first coat just wait 30 minutes and apply a second.
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Re: What To Use - Black Exterior Trim Fading

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Dont know if this would work, but maybe black shoe polish Cheers
I wouldn't recommend shoe polish....

After a good protectorant no longer works, there are a couple options, both of which worked to varying degree on a 95 ZJ.

Heat gun it. Danger of changing the shape, only worked a tad longer than black wax and protectorant on mine--but they were fairly faded when purchased used.

Paint it. Use a good cleaner and liquid prep, then use black paint of your desired look for gloss, semi-gloss, flat black, or wrinkle. I used a fairly stiff bristled heavy artist brush and put the paint on with the very end of the brush to create a stippled texture. Wait a couple weeks and wax/protect. Worked surprisingly longer than I had expected. Bribed a local auto paint shop for small can of gloss black PPG paint for plastic and other trim. Worked really great on the roof rails, almost as good on the bumper guards, etc.
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Re: What To Use - Black Exterior Trim Fading

Mine is also starting to fade.

I've been using this product:

Detailerís Pro Series Trim Detailer, exterior trim spray, black plastic trim spray, molding spray

Believe it or not the aerosol spray doesn't get all over everything, its easy to direct it to where you want it to go. I just spray it on, wipe it in with a foam applicator and it lasts about a month of 5 or so automatic car washes a month. Our Jeep also sits outside 24/7

Not a permanent solution, but it makes it look new and its easy once a month.
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Re: What To Use - Black Exterior Trim Fading

Duplicolor trim paint. It's more like a dye than paint. It's awesome.
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Duplicolor trim paint. It's more like a dye than paint. It's awesome.



How long will this hold up after applied? I have tried most of the other products listed in this thread including good old Armor All and can't seem to get more than a few washes or rains without needing to reapply.
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Re: What To Use - Black Exterior Trim Fading

Last weekend I couldn't take it anymore and I just painted them.

I used Evercoat "black it out" matte finish.

It almost matches the OEM perfectly. You can't tell just by looking at it that it it's not a perfect match.

I used adhesion promoter and about four light coats.

I also did the step treads on the side steps
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Re: What To Use - Black Exterior Trim Fading

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How long will this hold up after applied? I have tried most of the other products listed in this thread including good old Armor All and can't seem to get more than a few washes or rains without needing to reapply.
I did my door handles a few years back on one of my cars and it held up great after years of grabbing them..
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Re: What To Use - Black Exterior Trim Fading

Look around here: How to restore exterior black plastic trim - Auto Geek Online Auto Detailing Forum

It's a whole article about restoring black plastic trim.

FWIW, I've used Mothers Back-to-Black, Surf City's Black Max and Forever Black. I get 4-6 weeks in Georgia sun.

There's also Black Fire.
Although I've not used used, I've heard really good things about ANYTHING Wolfgangs (like their exterior trim sealant): Wolfgang Exterior Trim Sealant, rubber trim sealant, rubber protectant, exterior trim products, metal sealer
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Re: What To Use - Black Exterior Trim Fading

A few months back I picked up in CVS pharmacy Detail Doctor.
I have to tell you this stuff is awesome. I used it on all the exterior plastic that had faded to a light grey. It brought back the black. It made it look like brand new. I also applied it to my wiper arms which had lots of sum damage. The metal arms look like they were painted. The finish months later still looks new. I missed a few spots on the wiper arms at the bottom and you can still see a big color difference.

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