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Unread 04-16-2013, 01:09 PM   #1
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fading exterior nightmare

Hey guys, I'm looking for some help on a dumb blonde moment. I have a 2007 JK, and was dealing with all the trim fading. I didn't do much research and bought some turtle wax trim restorer... It looked good for all of about 24 hours.... Now looks worse than just all the fading... it's faded, streaked, dark... Just a mess.

Any idea's on how to get all the turtle stuff off...and once it's off what's a good product to use? I don't mind reapplying something every 6 months or so, and don't want to paint or use a heat gun.

Thanks for any ideas or suggestion

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Unread 04-16-2013, 01:23 PM   #2
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Get some good degreasing soap and scrub it all off. Pick up some penetrol and wipe it on. Best you can do

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Unread 04-16-2013, 02:54 PM   #3
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Although you dont want to paint it, that is your best bet for returning it back to black and letting it stay like that for awhile. There is krylon plastic paint or something like that. I have heard its good.
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Unread 04-19-2013, 10:22 AM   #4
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http://www.summitracing.com/parts/mba-fb080

Thats the best stuff Ive ever run across for restoring black trim. Just be careful when applying....it is a dye and it will discolor paint.
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Unread 04-19-2013, 03:34 PM   #5
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Mother's Back to Black worked wonders for my trim, made it look brand new again.
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Unread 04-19-2013, 03:42 PM   #6
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Unread 04-19-2013, 06:35 PM   #7
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Thanks! Got most of the turtle stuff off.... The only thing it actually kept nice was the door handles and the hood latches... Will wait a bit before I try anything else... But I will get 'em looking good again.
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Unread 04-20-2013, 08:17 AM   #8
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What a nightmare. Oh the horror.
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Unread 04-20-2013, 09:06 AM   #9
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Thanks! Got most of the turtle stuff off.... The only thing it actually kept nice was the door handles and the hood latches... Will wait a bit before I try anything else... But I will get 'em looking good again.
Don't listen to these jokers...all the wipe on crap is greasy and terrible and will always eventually end up looking streaked and cheap. Get a small map gas torch, like this, and lightly go over all of the plastic. Don't hold it for long (you'll see what it takes when you do it), and it lightly melts the upper layer, bringing the original black color back out. It's the only non-greasy solution, and the only one that doesnt look like ****, in my opinion.
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^^^X2. Did this to my old TJ and it worked great. Eventually I just used krylon fusion and painted them though and that lasted quite a while.
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I agree with trying Mother's Back to Black. I used that stuff on a faded spoiler for my AE86 and it worked great.
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Don't listen to these jokers...all the wipe on crap is greasy and terrible and will always eventually end up looking streaked and cheap. Get a small map gas torch, like this, and lightly go over all of the plastic. Don't hold it for long (you'll see what it takes when you do it), and it lightly melts the upper layer, bringing the original black color back out. It's the only non-greasy solution, and the only one that doesnt look like ****, in my opinion.
i use a heat gun to do the same thing. works just as well. got to be careful with how fast you go and all that.
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I agree with trying Mother's Back to Black. I used that stuff on a faded spoiler for my AE86 and it worked great.
Yep, and you don't have to worry about completely destroying your trim pieces
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Yep, and you don't have to worry about completely destroying your trim pieces
A heat gun or map torch won't completely destroy your trim pieces, if you don't lack all common sense.

The OP asked for a solution that didn't look like ****, I suggested one.

Roll your eyes some more, all the way to your industrial sized vat of tire shine. ****ing JK owners
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