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Old 01-12-2013, 12:08 PM   #1
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How to restore exterior black plastic trim

How to restore exterior black plastic trim



I'm teaching 6 different classes at Mobil Tech this year and one of them is on how to restore exterior black plastic trim. If you've ever been to one my detailing classes anywhere over the years, you know I try to keep the class as hands-on as much as possible.

In keeping with the hands-on theme, for a Saturday of fun, I took a trip to my local salvage yard Snake Road Salvage right down the road and pried off all types of rubber, vinyl and black plastic trim in horribly neglected condition for my students to practice on.


Here's my buddy's Phil's salvage yard, Phil is also a local hotrodder and I'm sure you'll be seeing one of his streetrods at our Show Car Garage sometime in the future...




And here's my booty... lots of neglected trim from both cars and trucks and even some headlight and hubcaps...






You'll recognize the trim below off the front and back of truck bumpers, all of it the worst kind... Pebble Textured Black Plastic Trim




Snagged a few hubcaps for some of my car guy buddies to hang on the wall of their garage or office or like me, use them to hold nuts and bolts when working on car projects.





Next up I'm going outside to scrub all this stuff clean because you don't restore dirty trim. Need to get it ready for my class next Thursday at Mobil Tech Expo.


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Old 01-12-2013, 12:12 PM   #2
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Mike, it is incredible what you and AG does to teach classes. I thoroughly enjoy being apart of this great family.
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:23 PM   #3
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Are you going to use Wipe New? (Kidding!)
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Are you going to use Wipe New? (Kidding!)
But seriously... Are you?
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How to restore exterior black plastic trim

You'll recognize the trim below off the front and back of truck bumpers, all of it the worst kind... Pebble Textured Black Plastic Trim

Hi Mike...

-Don't know what you have in mind to restore these parts...

-But I've used/seen how effective and long-term (measured in years!!) of a restoration
several non-AGO products have furnished for such parts.

-I do like the Solution Finish effect...
However, I find that it's not as long-term as those I reference above.



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Re: How to restore exterior black plastic trim

Okay I have the plastic all washed and dried...




Center Pillar Pieces...


Side of door protectors



Window/Door Rubber



The rubber trim that runs down the A-Pillar and over the roof line...



Rear Bumper and front bumper plastic...












Time to close down for the day so I'll post the rest of the pictures on Monday.

I actually have most of the pictures that show the cars and the locations all of the above trim came off of but since the file names are different for my power point presentation it's a little more cumbersome to "quickly" post them and it's time to call this work week over and go recharge the batteries...

Here's one last picture I took without knowing it and it shows the ground I'm walking on in the salvage yard, it's very rough where it's rocky and where it's not rocky it's very muddy...

You never know what you'll find while walking around and digging around all the rows of cars so you need to be ever watchful...





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Cant wait for the results.....
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I have been to Snake road and it gets muddy.I say E-bay the parts after restoring.
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I Really look forward to the rubber from the window trim. My '98 Civic's is awful and I'm not sure if it can be saved or if it will have to be replaced!!!
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Interested to see the results. The absolute worst is the rubber that runs along the roof and A pillar, it gets these water spots that are very difficult to remove. Hope you were able to solve that problem.
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