I wasn't passing any judgment on your question. It's merely a piece of advice that I hand out to anyone who seems new. There are far too many people who, despite your sarcasm, don't know how to search for anything ever. Give/teach a man to fish and all that. The trouble with asking people's opinions is just that--all you get are opinions. Some of them are crap, some of them are from experience, some of them are just hearsay nonsense, and all of them can be found out there already (as you know since you say you've already searched).
To use your question as just an example, I can type til I'm bloody in the fingers about how wipe-ons and heat are just band-aids and a waste of time due to the fact that the damage is already done to that plastic and it will just continue to dry and oxidize, but I'm just another voice on the internet to you just like everyone else. I would rather that newbies (how am I supposed to know you're super active on other forums?) learn how to properly search, sort, and research information on their own so that they can gather facts for themselves instead of just picking opinions out of a hat. They'll learn more that way. Most people who recommend wipe-on or heat haven't done a lot of research and as a result have never learned about why plastic trim gets the way it does; if they did, they'd know that there's no real fix.
I'm just one of the many examples of people who has learned an enormous, expert-level amount of information by simply utilizing all the information already out there. I can only think of one question I felt that I had to ask, and it remains unanswered to this day unfortunately, but if I have to, I'll just immerse myself in the loads of information out there about paint so that I can eventually provide an answer for myself on the matter. I don't expect everyone to possess the research/study skills that I have, but all too often people will create one-sentence thread asking a question that, if typed verbatim into Google, would yield a perfect answer in the very first hit of the search. Forums need members, yes, but no forum needs members like that.
Like I said: my suggestion is routine for me and in no way should be taken as insult or as disapproval for your question about trim since there isn't as much concrete info out there about 90's-00's bare black/gray plastic trim and bumpers turning pale or even white.
No worries brother. I definately get what you're saying. Maybe make it a policy of yours to say something corny like "welcome to the forum" at the same time when you let em know about the search engine.
Instead of making another post, I'll just say here, xltom
, that that's not a bad idea. I currently have a similar posting policy to always post something on-topic even when a thread is wandering off-topic, so I'll add "something corny" to my personal code of conduct.