autogeekonline car wax, car care and auto detailing forum Autogeek on TV
car wax, car care and auto detailing forumAutogeekonline autogeekonline car wax, car care and auto detailing forum HomeForumBlogAutogeek.net StoreDetailing Classes with Mike PhillipsGalleryDetailing How To's
 

» Detailing Classes

New Dates Available for the Autogeek Roadshow!
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 25
  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2018
    Posts
    85
    Post Thanks / Like

    Trim Restore on 14 year old Xterra

    Iím planning to try and bring life back to an older Nissan Xterra. The massive amount of textured trim was a dark dark grey when new, but there is a few small areas of black. Seems like a lot of folks highly recommend Solution Finish for heavily weathered and faded trim. Have a few questions on my plan of attack

    where the large front and rear bumpers are basically all textured plastic, how much solution finish is needed? Seems like a little goes a long way, but thereís a massive amount of plastic trim on these SUVís. Where it has a small amount of black trim also, Iím thinking I could just buy black and apply it to all trim where the original grey was very dark, dark grey anyway. Any idea what using Black SF over grey trim looks like? The paint is dark grey, so I donít care if the trim was black or dark grey.

    second question, the roof rack/box is also textured grey and faded. It has Nissan white lettering. Iím thinking I cannot just smear Solution Finish over it, so maybe removing it all together is easiest and best, but then under the lettering is likely a different stage of fade/weathering. Suggestions!

    last, i was going to apply DLUX over it, but read it wonít take. However I seem to recall reading if I wait a month after applying Solution Finish, DLUX would take and perform fairly well. Any benefits of applying a coating after allowing a Period for Solution Finish to cure and start deteriorating?

  2. Likes astro liked this post
  3. #2
    Senior Member The Guz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Lawndale, CA
    Posts
    6,567
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Trim Restore on 14 year old Xterra

    I did an FJ with the small bottle of SF and still had some left over. It does go a long way.

    In my experience I would just use a trim protectant over SF rather than a coating. I tried a coating over SF and wasnít that impressed. Wolfgang Exterior Trim Sealant is just as effective.

  4. #3
    Senior Member rlmccarty2000's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Fitzgerald, GA
    Posts
    1,980
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Trim Restore on 14 year old Xterra

    Clean the heck out of the trim first. Prep-Sol with a stiff brush works well. Maybe go over it twice since it’s so old. The cleaner it is the less chance of splotches/unevenness will occur.

  5. #4
    Senior Member Mgavin1985's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2017
    Posts
    448
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Trim Restore on 14 year old Xterra

    I’ve been using the left over ceramic coating from the the 30 or 50 mls really any coating with exception to csl and don’t notice a difference between DLUx and 3.0 so really any ceramic works good for me.sometimes I do solutions first but then it turns into a big hassle

  6. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2018
    Posts
    85
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Trim Restore on 14 year old Xterra

    Quote Originally Posted by Mgavin1985 View Post
    don’t notice a difference between DLUx and 3.0 so really any ceramic works good for me.sometimes I do solutions first but then it turns into a big hassle
    I’m not sure I follow? Are you saying you put SF on after DLUX or 3.0? If you do it first it turns into a hassle?

  7. #6
    Senior Member TTQ B4U's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    Central Ohio
    Posts
    4,317
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Trim Restore on 14 year old Xterra

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmarkmac View Post
    I’m planning to try and bring life back to an older Nissan Xterra. The massive amount of textured trim was a dark dark grey when new, but there is a few small areas of black. Seems like a lot of folks highly recommend Solution Finish for heavily weathered and faded trim. Have a few questions on my plan of attack

    where the large front and rear bumpers are basically all textured plastic, how much solution finish is needed? Seems like a little goes a long way, but there’s a massive amount of plastic trim on these SUV’s. Where it has a small amount of black trim also, I’m thinking I could just buy black and apply it to all trim where the original grey was very dark, dark grey anyway. Any idea what using Black SF over grey trim looks like? The paint is dark grey, so I don’t care if the trim was black or dark grey.

    second question, the roof rack/box is also textured grey and faded. It has Nissan white lettering. I’m thinking I cannot just smear Solution Finish over it, so maybe removing it all together is easiest and best, but then under the lettering is likely a different stage of fade/weathering. Suggestions!

    last, i was going to apply DLUX over it, but read it won’t take. However I seem to recall reading if I wait a month after applying Solution Finish, DLUX would take and perform fairly well. Any benefits of applying a coating after allowing a Period for Solution Finish to cure and start deteriorating?
    If the trim is very bad and gray, then use Solution Finish. Works great. Wait 2 washes then seal it up with a coating like GYEON's Q2 TRIM and be done with it for a long while.

    If the trim is just meh and not BADLY faded then try simple test spot with Q2 TRIM. It will re-darken and seal up trim that's not old faded and graying out badly. You'll be surprised.

    Good luck and I look forward to seeing your results.

  8. #7
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2018
    Posts
    85
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Trim Restore on 14 year old Xterra

    If I use black SF over very faded Grey, will it cause poor results? I didn’t see the one ounce grey bottle for sale and it seems like that would be more than enough to try on the one vehicle.

  9. #8
    Senior Member TTQ B4U's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    Central Ohio
    Posts
    4,317
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Trim Restore on 14 year old Xterra

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmarkmac View Post
    If I use black SF over very faded Grey, will it cause poor results? I didn’t see the one ounce grey bottle for sale and it seems like that would be more than enough to try on the one vehicle.
    Not sure I follow you. Yes, SF is intended to re-color very faded grey trim. It will product great results. Just make sure you remove any old sealants or back to black, etc. that you have on them. See the image posted in the store's site for an example. Solution Finish Black Plastic & Vinyl Restorer

  10. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2018
    Posts
    85
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Trim Restore on 14 year old Xterra

    It seems like you can only buy one ounce of SF in black. I’m wondering if there is any issue using the Black SF over faded grey trim. Or do I need to buy the large 12 ounce bottle of grey?

  11. #10
    Senior Member Eldorado2k's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Location
    Los Angeles, California
    Posts
    10,725
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Trim Restore on 14 year old Xterra

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmarkmac View Post
    It seems like you can only buy one ounce of SF in black. Iím wondering if there is any issue using the Black SF over faded grey trim. Or do I need to buy the large 12 ounce bottle of grey?
    The important thing is to use the correct color Solution Finish to match the original color of the plastic trim. Either 1 will work over faded gray trim, but if the original color of the trim is gray then the black Solution Finish isnít what you want to use.

    This is Solution Grey used on gray trim.



    Itís pretty rare to find a vehicle that came with gray plastic trim, but this Toyota 4 Runner fit the bill.


  12. Likes ssnimrod liked this post
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Trim restorer/protectant for Xterra. LOTS of plastic.
    By mires in forum Products Guides
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 07-05-2015, 12:50 PM
  2. 2015 Last year for the nissan xterra.
    By pro 4x in forum Off-Topic
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 03-01-2015, 09:08 AM
  3. exterior trim on Nissan Xterra - ugly
    By Bigfootbo in forum How to Articles
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: 08-23-2014, 11:31 AM
  4. How to restore this trim?
    By kosoku in forum Auto Detailing 101
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 09-10-2013, 10:14 PM
  5. How to restore metal trim
    By jwgreen6 in forum Auto Detailing 101
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 10-03-2012, 02:15 PM

Members who have read this thread: 10

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

» February 2020

S M T W T F S
262728293031 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29