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What To Use - Black Exterior Trim Fading

Hey Gang. I need your experience and expertise on keeping the black plastic exterior trim on my 2011 GC Laredo-X black. As with all black Jeep trim, mine is starting to fade and get milky. I have tried all the typical “OTC” stuff: ArmorAll, Black Chrome, Back-to-Black, Gold Class Trim Detailer, etc. to no avail. The stuff either doesn’t work or lasts until the very first rain storm or car wash and I am back to streaks and spots. The Jeep is washed every 7-14 days but is kept outdoors 24/7. I saw a post here referencing 303 Protectant. Does anyone else have any products they use and would recommend? I’m looking for something that will return the trim back to the original black and will last more than one rain storm or car wash.

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Old 11-24-2013, 03:33 PM
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X for 303 Protect!

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X for 303 Protect!

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That should be X, 303 is great.

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Re: What To Use - Black Exterior Trim Fading

Thanks for the 303 vote. I had heard there were "streaking" issues with the product. I am guessing you have not experienced this.
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I use the 303 on my black trims and it works great, I try to reapply it once a month due to drive through car wash use.
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Re: What To Use - Black Exterior Trim Fading

I have used poor boys trim restorer and then cover it with chemical guys trim gel. Last a while....I haven't had my jeep a month yet, and I had all the black trim on wheel wells, bumpers and rockers sanded and painted to match. I didn't want to deal with the black plastic fading.
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Re: What To Use - Black Exterior Trim Fading

303 is excellent
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Re: What To Use - Black Exterior Trim Fading

I am in the same position with the OP.

I just passed the two year mark of ownership on a 2011 and 2012 Laredo.

I have used several products that just act as a dressing.

Turtle Wax Trim restorer (clear gel): this is very greasy slippery and lasts the longest but you don't want to get it on the paint.

Meguiars black Trim restorer (liquid wax): This product is less greasy and less glossy but seems to wash away a soon as it gets wet.

Ice Synthetic car polish (clear liquid): This product does enhance the appearance of the black plastic trim but just seems to allow the sun to continue to fade the plastic over the 3 month time the coating lasts.

Meguiars ultimate spray wax (clear Liquid): This product does enhance the appearance of the black plastic trim and also seems to allow the sun to continue to fade the plastic for just about a month.

Mothers Back to black (liquid wax): This product seems to me to be a waste of my time as it just makes the trim glossy instead of adding any black back to surface.

The areas that seem to be most affected are the roof rail plastics and the tops of the wheel arch mouldings.

So far I have used Mr. Clean magic erasers to remove most if not all of the oxidation from the plastic. This does take some elbow grease but it also seems to remove the natural semi gloss sheen from the plastic too. So while you get rid of the white striping they also look flatter and less glossy than orignal.

For the roof Rails on my 2011 I had removed them and painted them with Duplicolor black bumper paint. The result is a nice semi gloss finish that looks like factory fresh black plastic. Up on the roof I know they are safe from scrapes and scratches.

I am afraid to paint the wheel arch mouldings because I don't want the paint to get scratched off, but as they fade more and more I am just about ready to give it a shot.

It just seems that no matter what you will try on the plastic short of dying them black won't have any long lasting effects.

Maybe this upcoming weekend I will paint the wheel arch mouldings and then monitor them for durability over the following 12 months to see how it will stand up to the tropical climate. With a vehicle that is hand washed a minimum of once weekly and alway parked outside in the sun.

On my 2012 I removed the roof rail trim sanded off the texture and had them painted silver by a body shop.

The other area that has been bothering me is the cowl trim area. While this area does not have the white streaking it is turning this even shade of gray.
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Re: What To Use - Black Exterior Trim Fading

303 is not going to restore it, and it will wash off after the first rain or wash. It is a good protectant in some cases. I wouldn't call it a trim restorer. For OTC, I like Meguiars Ultimate Black. It may take a few applications. It's one of the few Megs products I endorse. For mail order, there are many options. Check Autogeek.
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Re: What To Use - Black Exterior Trim Fading

I have been using this Ultima Tire & Trim Guard Plus, tire & trim protectant, tire dressing, rubber protectant from the day I took delivery of my 2012 JGC. To date there is no color difference whatsoever on the exposed black trim compared to the unexposed black trim (like when opening the doors and looking at the lower trim or any other place the trim runs from the exterior to an interior location). The trim still has that original satin look.
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Adams vrt is what I use for exterior plastic trim. Great stuff and smells good.
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Re: What To Use - Black Exterior Trim Fading

Dont know if this would work, but maybe black shoe polish Cheers
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