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Subject Topic: How to get plastics back to black Post Reply Post New Topic
18/4/2017 at 4:15pm
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Hi, My Hymer, on a Fiat Ducato base, has black plastic bumpers and trim all the way around. Over time they have faded at different rates and now have about 4 different colours of grey!
Anyone got experience of trying to get everything back to a nice deep black? I see there's a number of products on the market - all with varying reviews.
Thanks......


18/4/2017 at 4:23pm
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I did try a product called 'Back to Black' - didn't work.

Several people have recommended smooth peanut butter, but what I found works well is Teak oil, the sort used for treating furniture.

It may need a couple of coats, and repeated every few months.

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18/4/2017 at 4:38pm
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Peanut Butter!!!???
Teak Oil sounds better!
Thanks.


18/4/2017 at 5:13pm
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Hi
try this.
Get it on flee bay etc.

http://www.viglink.com/shop/query/forever+black+bumper+trim+dye+kit+new+version+with+larger+bottle+



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Or try this.

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18/4/2017 at 5:50pm
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Hi Snowy,
I can thoroughly recommend "Wipe New", it is expensive but boy does it work.
A word of warning, don't get it on the paintwork.
My old van had a bumper that was badly weathered, and was different shades of bleached charcoal, the transformation was amazing (videos on youtube by the company).
Had the van two years after that and still looked like a new bumper.
As I said, expensive but use it sparingly , it goes a long way.
They also do a headlight restoring kit for dulled headlight lenses equally effective.
Regards,
Greg

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18/4/2017 at 6:40pm
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If you are feeling brave and are very careful use a heat gun on low and protect anything that is not the bumper with a heat matt as you go. Then apply a cheap dressing product for a bit of protection and a finished look.

Warning: don't overheat anything, its non reversible if you do.


18/4/2017 at 7:05pm
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The heat gun method can be viewed on various VW camper sites and gives good results. Perhaps also look on YouTube?


18/4/2017 at 10:40pm
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I used black liquid shoe polish on the black plastic on daughters car that had turned grey and would not restore with typical "back to black" products. Gave good results and lasted.

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19/4/2017 at 7:59am
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Any kind of nut oil will do it. Apparently dealers use peanut butter - or so I was told.

Nora


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19/4/2017 at 9:18am
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Thanks all - hadn't considered shoe polish, but I guess that makes sense. Not sure I'm brave enough for heat gun.
I'll let you know what I end up using & how it goes...........


19/4/2017 at 9:47am
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Another vote for shoe polish..we used just the basic Cherry Blossom type. Very good, long lasting results and easy to top up if needed.


19/4/2017 at 7:41pm
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An old trick I learned from my time in the motor-trade was to bring up bumpers and other plastics was with old engine oil, just put some on a rag and rub it in. Don't forget to wear gloves......

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20/4/2017 at 7:23am
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Or for the best and maintenance free - put a new bumper on. We have done that with our Ducatto - cost 139.

Looks a treat now.


20/4/2017 at 10:31am
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I think that if we don't have any success with the options suggested we'll go for new plastics.


20/4/2017 at 1:24pm
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A lot of car restorers use Plasticote.



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