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    Default Restoring faded exterior plastics semi permanently

    for a while now it's been bugging me that the plastic panel at the bottom of the windscreen, the one your windscreen wipers are attached to and that has the vents in it, has faded completely to a very light grey colour and on a black car it really stands out.

    I've tried things like auto glym dressings etc... but they had no effect what so ever, so i got myself a little, and i do mean little, bottle of GTechniq C4 Permanent Trim Restorer, now i'm possibly the furthest thing from a detailer, i can just about manage to get my car looking "sort of clean" on a good day but in my opinion this stuff works wonders!

    it's not cheap at about £20 for 15ml but a couple drops on a cotton pad goes a very long way and in just a few mins work the horrible grey has been replaced with a deep rich black colour, looks like i replaced the whole panel with a new piece! while i can't attest to this, as i've only just applied it, it is claimed to be at least semi permanent, so unlike the auto glym stuff you shouldn't need to re do it almost weekly, in fact i've read reviews of people having it last well over 6 months before even seeing faint signs of it fading again.

    as i said i know nothing of detailing so maybe some of the more experienced guys here will know of a product that does the same for only a couple quid, but i just wanted to put this out there for anyone else who's looking to sort faded plastics.

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    Pics needed.
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    there is a slight problem in that i didn't get any before pics lol. But trust me it wasn't just "slightly lighter than it should be" it had gone completely grey and a very light shade as well. Although looking at the pics i have missed a couple little spots in the bend so that gives you an idea of how grey it was, think i'll give it a second coat later once this one has dried/sunk in so i can get the little bits i missed and also clear up the fluff from the cotton pads which happens to be the reason i don't normally like using them but it's what i had available and didn't want to use anything that would soak up too much of the stuff

    Also used it on the wiper arms which had also gone grey, i was thinking of removing and painting those but thought i'd try the g4 stuff on them while i had it out and it seems to of worked on there as well.




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    You need black plastic paint - similar to http://www.halfords.com/motoring/pai...nt-black-300ml

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    i had thought of that, but it would of required a lot more prep work so as to not get it on the glass/bonnet and i'm also not sure how i could've used it on the vented area without it being sprayed into the vents and you need to scuff up the plastic with a scotch brite or similar etc... The g4 stuff required no prep, other than the plastic in question being clean and was very easy to use.

    Also don't know but i'd imagine that paint could flake/peel over time?
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    It'd be a right mare spraying that.

    The g4 stuff is highly rated yes.

    Personally a regular does of carpro perl does mine a treat. Dilutes down quite a bit too so great value for money.
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    everything i could find to try wasn't working on mine, you'd wipe it on and it'd maybe make it a tiny bit darker but literally for only a few seconds, i couldn't get anything to actually sink in, think it was just too far gone

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    It sounds silly but it works a bloody treat, the meguiers tyre gel which I use on my tyres (highly recommend), I also use to just wipe over the scuttle panel, mirror surrounds and rubber window trims with. Comes up really well. Probably do it once a month or so


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ollie_b163 View Post
    It sounds silly but it works a bloody treat, the meguiers tyre gel which I use on my tyres (highly recommend), I also use to just wipe over the scuttle panel, mirror surrounds and rubber window trims with. Comes up really well. Probably do it once a month or so


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    doesn't sound silly at all, but i tried that as well lol. love the stuff for my tyres as it lasts a good time but was no use on the above panel

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4ftofflame View Post
    doesn't sound silly at all, but i tried that as well lol. love the stuff for my tyres as it lasts a good time but was no use on the above panel
    Ah bugger. Can't help then unfortunately they must be pretty far gone

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