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Old 21-05-2019, 08:26 AM   #11
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Owatrol Polytrol(https://www.owatroldirect.co.uk/product/polytrol/). This stuff is pure magic on exterior plastic.
It is cheap(for me 0,5 liter will probably last at least a decade) and lasts a very long time.
On my previous car it was still holding well after 1,5 years(I then sold it). If done properly I have hard people getting 2-3 years. It will become less shiny after this time but the color will still be almost the same as the first day you applied it.
Very important to follow instructions to get the best results. Only thing I have done different is that I use cheap kitchen sponges for application, I don't want to ruin my applicator pads or microfiber cloths for this.
Not to be used on rubber!
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Old 21-05-2019, 10:34 AM   #12
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“Polytrol is a deep penetrating oil which restores the original colour and appearance of dull or tarnished plastics, gelcoats, metals, and other surfaces.”

Interesting stuff.
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Old 27-05-2019, 10:37 AM   #13
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Owatrol Polytrol(https://www.owatroldirect.co.uk/product/polytrol/). This stuff is pure magic on exterior plastic.
It is cheap(for me 0,5 liter will probably last at least a decade) and lasts a very long time.
On my previous car it was still holding well after 1,5 years(I then sold it). If done properly I have hard people getting 2-3 years. It will become less shiny after this time but the color will still be almost the same as the first day you applied it.
Very important to follow instructions to get the best results. Only thing I have done different is that I use cheap kitchen sponges for application, I don't want to ruin my applicator pads or microfiber cloths for this.
Not to be used on rubber!
Looks interesting, a 100ml sample pot is only £5 delivered so ordered to try on the BMWs hood cover, its hard grained black plastic and nothing has really done the trick on it that I have tried so far
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Old 27-05-2019, 10:39 AM   #14
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Looks interesting, a 100ml sample pot is only £5 delivered so ordered to try on the BMWs hood cover, its hard grained black plastic and nothing has really done the trick on it that I have tried so far


A follow up on performance would be appreciated. Can’t get it to test down under.
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Old 27-05-2019, 11:37 AM   #15
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Auto Finesse Revive is nice.
Easy to apply, and I don't mind doing every couple of months.
Solution Finish to very good too (although more expensive)

Long term, you're looking at Gtechniq C4 or similar for a more permanent solution.
Prep is key with this though.
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Old 27-05-2019, 11:54 AM   #16
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Best products for black exterior trim

There’s a lot of great recommendations here but also a lot of misguided ones.

Without getting into semantics, there are three categories when it comes to trim treatments: Dressing, Restoration, Coating.

Dressings are temporary, restoration products are permanent reviving products, and coatings are permanent protection products.

As a quick example, a dressing would be Meguiars Trim Detailer, a restoration product would be Solution Finish and a coating would be a ceramic (Any. Yes they can almost all go over plastics. Dedicated not required).

A coating, in of its self, won’t fully and properly restore plastic and a restoration product won’t technically leave protection once restored. A ceramic can be used post restoration with some products.

Although OP didn’t mention which they were after, it is an important factor to clarify when it comes to trim treatments to properly discern between types and make appropriate recommendations.
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Old 27-05-2019, 02:01 PM   #17
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Not sold on the 'permanent'. All products are temporary and not infinite. imo

The reason I use CarPro PERL is because after washing the car (and wheels) it's easy, simple and cheap to wipe a coat of PERL onto the trim and tyres and they then retain their 'new' look. It's also very versatile and can be used on the engine and car interior if you wish.
Yes there's a myriad of products out there, all doing a good job and each to his own. I prefer the water based products to the gels and coatings, others don't.

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Old 29-05-2019, 10:42 AM   #18
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Looks interesting, a 100ml sample pot is only £5 delivered so ordered to try on the BMWs hood cover, its hard grained black plastic and nothing has really done the trick on it that I have tried so far
Please update us on the results. Remember that the preparation before applying Polytrol is very important. I degrease, wash and dry, then wipe with 3M control spray, IPA or something similar and let it dry for minimum 12 hours making sure the plastic is completely dry.
If it is a really rough surface then you might need to use a small paint brush to work it into the plastic.
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Old 29-05-2019, 11:02 AM   #19
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Meguiar's Ultimate Black Plastic Restorer seems to last failry well and gives a nice low sheen finish.
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Not sold on the 'permanent'. All products are temporary and not infinite. imo

Neither is the original substrate. Relative to that lifespan, a product should be regarded as permanent if it can withstand the same conditions for a similar period.
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