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BILL
07-01-2006, 02:03 AM
:iagree:

I, well my wife drives an Expedition, I hate the bottom plastic window trim, it is soooo wide. I've seen others like it that havent been take'n care of and they look like crap.

And like Bill, I always wax them and mirrors etc. I would like to suggest Plexus plastic cleaner. Great stuff. With enough elbow grease I have succesfully removed minor scratches to vinyl and even brightened up some headlights/taillights.


PLEXUS IS SUPERB........;)

BILL
07-01-2006, 02:09 AM
i too would like to know how to remove a scratch from vinyl, iam currently using vinylex from lexol and i like it alot cuz it is a cleaner and protectant combo, it seems to work well and lord knows i need it cuz this hummer has more trim than any other ride i can think of, let me know what u guys think of the vinylex


http://www.lexol.com/images/auto_vin.jpgVinylex Protectant cleans and protects with a patented, one-step formula that actually nourishes vinyl, rubber and plastic surfaces.


A little to shiny for me, but a good product overall, I use poorboys natural look for my vinyl

NissanOwner
07-01-2006, 05:13 AM
PLEXUS IS SUPERB........;)

Plexus is awesome, goes on easy, wipe off excess and lasts pretty long

RPM06
07-15-2006, 07:57 PM
Poorboy's trim restorer & Adams VRT nuff said.
:iagree: :iagree: :iagree:

belcherm58
07-15-2006, 08:53 PM
Well Hello Matt! Have not heard from you in a while. Congrats on finishing
school.

ShininFORD
12-06-2006, 02:06 PM
Any tips for running boards? I have an 02 explorer with Black running boards and can never seem to get them right.

Surfer
12-06-2006, 03:30 PM
Any tips for running boards? I have an 02 explorer with Black running boards and can never seem to get them right.Must be something Ford uses on their suv plastics, our Lexus is fine, Lincoln is fine, and our other vehicles are fine. But my two Mountaineers (well one now) I could not get anything to work correctly on the trim, few other Explorer guys on here had the same trouble. My sister has an Explorer and same thing.

This is the only combo that worked for me and has decent durability, I used Armor All Tire Foam, let sit, then a thin layer of Poorboy's Trim Restorer. When I kept trying other products nothing would seem to absorb into the trim, including Trim Restorer, go figure, now it works. I'm gonna keep using the foam and layer a few layers of TR and see what happens, hopefully won't be greasy.

On the foot boards though I wouldn't use something that's slippery, Armor Tire Foam, Meg's Hyper Dressing, TR etc should be fine. Maybe even one of the black dye products for trim.

ShininFORD
12-06-2006, 04:37 PM
Yeah, looks like I'll have to go back to mixology 101. Thanks for the ideas, I appreciate it. I will definately give it a shot.

alban61
12-06-2006, 05:15 PM
Armor All Tire Foam works for me as well, Surfer. Thanks to Justin's tip. I've used it on the front and rear bumper on my '99 Explorer and it's still looking great. It's made the grey plastic darker with a satin sheen to it. I also used it on the side mirrors. It's still nice and black. Had a light drizzle last night which was frozen on my SUV this morning. Checked it after it melted off at noon, and it didn't streak.

ltoman
12-06-2006, 05:25 PM
I agree on that with Back to Black! It make trim look like garbage once it has worn off!!

oo, good to know! thanks! i was using that on our older van (just a 98) because weplan on selling it in another year or so.:applause: i won't be buying any more!!!!

Mr Dream Machines
07-07-2007, 02:02 AM
Dressings and protectants are fine for rubber trims but the rest can be polished and sealed just like paint.

My Tickford Falcon has urethane soft top door trims and harder trims below them and I had so much trouble with spotting and fading each wash that I had to find a solution to applying VM and tire gel every wash.

So I played around for many months and found the right ingredients and non water soluble ceramic sealant and a clear laquer.I have now machine burnished both trims to a medium gloss black and sealed permanently. No more spotting, fading at all.

Even textured trims and bumpers can be done.
Heck I even did the top wing of my bi plane spoiler with it with the machine. it was brown when I got it and had virtually no shine but like many trims, once you burnish the oxidised, flat top layer, the second layer is shinier and this product enhances the reflected image clarity. Now it has a nice shine and the reflections are sharper. I still can't see my face 100% but I'll have another go at it at the end of the year.

A bit tricky on very small trims. need my 3 inch pads to get it done with the rotary.

ericfine50
08-09-2007, 08:21 PM
Sorry to hijack. What do you guys use for getting wax off the black trim? Duragloss makes something, can't think of the name - but it is a rub or something.

Thanks
Eric

MinorDetailz
01-08-2008, 10:25 AM
Dressings and protectants are fine for rubber trims but the rest can be polished and sealed just like paint.

My Tickford Falcon has urethane soft top door trims and harder trims below them and I had so much trouble with spotting and fading each wash that I had to find a solution to applying VM and tire gel every wash.

So I played around for many months and found the right ingredients and non water soluble ceramic sealant and a clear laquer.I have now machine burnished both trims to a medium gloss black and sealed permanently. No more spotting, fading at all.

Even textured trims and bumpers can be done.
Heck I even did the top wing of my bi plane spoiler with it with the machine. it was brown when I got it and had virtually no shine but like many trims, once you burnish the oxidised, flat top layer, the second layer is shinier and this product enhances the reflected image clarity. Now it has a nice shine and the reflections are sharper. I still can't see my face 100% but I'll have another go at it at the end of the year.

A bit tricky on very small trims. need my 3 inch pads to get it done with the rotary.

So will this work on a slightly textured fender and door trim? I like shininford have an Explorer with a dark gray plastic trim. Its fading and spotty anyone have suggestions or a way to seal these pieces to make them smooth?

Feedback is appreciated

Mr Dream Machines
01-09-2008, 10:41 PM
Yes it should.

TOGWT
01-10-2008, 04:11 AM
Vinyl Trim Renovation:
To renovate and to accomplish long lasting renovation repairs on ultra violet (UV) faded, scuffed, or scratched black exterior trim, moulding, mirror covers, door handles, etc. without replacement or repainting with this kit fromAutomotive International

A fast and easy to use system that is long lasting and can be applied without the use of specialized tools, this product is not a dressing that will wash off after a short period but rather is an actual dye that can last up to 12 months. Prior to application warm up the plastic with a hot air gun until it was warm/hot to the touch. It comes with a clear coat product also to give it more protection and more shine.

Exterior Trim Renovation (ETR) a three-product system that comprises-

Surface Prep
Colour Guard, Toner
UVR GuardEach system comes in an 8 oz. container; the kit also includes mixing sticks, mixing cups for the production of grey

Product source - Automotive International ETR II Kit -

Alternative products-
a) GR -40 Trim & Molding Restoration Kit (http://store.yahoo.com/tolae/trimmolreski.html) -

b)Designed for any color exterior plastic such as on the Mini Cooper, Honda Element, Jeep Cherokee, Toyota Tacoma, and others, this gel will restore your trims natural color without use of dyes or colorants and provides a rich, long lasting look. What you want to do is thoroughly clean the plastic with a cleaner like rubbing alcohol, or other chemical designed just for wax/polish removal, before dressing. Black Wow Ė

Maintenance- Forever BLACKô Car Care Products - use specially formulated dyes instead of silicone to bring back the life to faded black bumpers, trim, tires, bed liners, etc and they hold the colour much longer and help protect against environmental elements such as ultra violet radiation (UVR) and doesnít attract road grime or dust -

Trim product test -http://www.jwardell.com/mini/2006/09/10/the-final-trim-test-we-have-a-winner/ (http://www.jwardell.com/mini/2006/09/10/the-final-trim-test-we-have-a-winner/)