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How to Permanently Restore Black Plastic Trim

Almost every car will get sun-faded, UV-damaged plastic trim. Without protection, plastic that was originally black will fade to grey. The faded trim will make your car look years older than it is.

Using a plastic restorer to permanently restore black plastic trim is an easy process and a very cost effective way to improve your car's appearance.

What methods are available?

Heating/Melting the Plastic with Heat Gun or Torch
This is a short term solution. We don't recommend it because it damages the plastic. Torched plastic will eventually turn grey and dull again, as nothing was done to repair it.

Repeated torching will further damage the plastic, and you will have to replace the plastic trim with a new piece. Depending on the vehicle and the manufacturer, this can be quite costly.

Applying a Trim Dressing
This has the shortest life and it's the most time consuming. Dressings look good but wash away after 3-6 weeks. They have to be applied almost every car wash. Most trim dressings will leave stains when the product gets wet and runs down the side of your car.

Use Solution Finish Trim Restorer
This is our preferred method. Solution Finish is easy to use, it lasts a long time, and actually works to restore and fix the trim.

See our short video on restoring plastic trim on a Porsche Cayenne windshield cowling from dull old looking to better than new!

 

How to Permanently Restore Black Plastic Trim in 3 easy steps?

  1. Wash the plastic trim. For best results, clean the plastic trim with isopropyl alcohol so there is no residue, only bare plastic.
  2. Apply Solution Finish Trim Restorer
  3. Wipe off excess product and allow the plastic to dry for 6 hours.

After the first application your trim will stay black and looking new for approximately 8 or more months. Afterwards, a second application can last even longer as Solution Finish Black Plastic Restorer works to fix the damaged plastic and not just dress it!

Tips for using Solution Finish:

  • For best results, apply to a clean, cool surface in the shade.
  • Use with adequate ventilation.
  • Solution Finish will stain clothing and skin. Wear gloves and eye protection.
  • Use IPA 70-90% (Isopropyl Alcohol) to remove any cleaners, oils or silicones
  • Shake bottle well and apply a small amount to applicator pad or microfiber sponge.
  • Spread a thin coat over area in an even motion, covering area completely.
  • Allow solution to penetrate for 3-4 minutes.
  • Use a clean microfiber towel to buff off excess and wipe off glass and paint
  • For best results after using Solution Finish, do not wash treated area for at least 4 - 6 hours.
  • Do not use on painted or glass surfaces; wipe off immediately with a clean towel if solution gets on these areas.
  • To UV protect the surface treated Solution Finish use Solution Finish Over The Top Plastic Sealer
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  • 1 ounce treats up to approximately 3 vehicles.
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  • 12 ounces treats up to approximately 36 vehicles.
Solution Finish Fusion Grey Plastic Restorer - Auto Obsessed Solution Finish Canada
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  • Fusion Grey for Grey Plastic Trim
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  • Solution Finish Over The Top for UV Protection on New or plastics treated with Solution Finish Trim Restorer

 

BONUS

See our comprehensive Step by Step video on how to use Solution Finish Trim Restorer and Solution Finish Over the Top Plastic Sealer

Solution Finish Over The Top Plastic Sealer protects plastic trim from harmful UV rays so the plastic doesn't fade and deteriorate. This sealant can be used as a standalone treatment on new or good-condition plastics, or used as a topper on plastics that have been restored with Solution Finish Trim Restorer.

If you have used Solution Finish, you know the quality is second-to-none and this new product does not disappoint. Over The Top is a product that fills the void in the detailing product industry – a UV protectant for plastic that lasts a long time!

Solution Finish Over The Top Features:
  • UV Protectant
  • Protect new plastics against UV fading
  • Can be used as a topper over Solution Finish Trim Restorer to enhance and extend the life of the treatment
  • Can be layered for additional protection
  • Dries clear
  • One application lasts approximately months

    Finally a long-lasting product that protects against harmful UV rays, and doesn't need to be re-applied after every car wash.

    Tips for using Solution Finish Over The Top:

    • For best results, apply to a clean, cool surface in the shade
    • Use with adequate ventilation
    • Wear gloves and eye protection
    • Use IPA 70-90% (Isopropyl Alcohol) to remove any cleaners, oils or silicones
    • Shake bottle well and apply a small amount onto foam applicator
    • Spread a thin coat over area in an even motion, covering area completely
    • Allow to dry for 20 to 30 minutes. Additional coats can be applied 30 minutes apart. Not recommended to apply more than 3 coats.
    • For best results after using Solution Finish Over The Top Plastic Sealer, do not wash treated area for at least 12 hours
    • Wipe off immediately with a clean towel if solution gets on other areas that are not being treated
    • Dries clear
    • One application lasts approximately 3 months

     

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