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Rubber trim restorer

Hey don't know if you guys care or not but I finally found a way to restore the dull faded rubber trim on the mid-year cars.

My '84 came to me with rubber that was baked and dried out from years in the Florida sun. I tried just about every product to see if they could put a shine back on but no luck. Everything was very temporary if there was any difference at all.

I was checking out the Autopia detailing site and came across a detailer who used a dye to restore the rear bumper pads on a customers car and the picture looked great. I tracked down the dye set and finally tried it out yesterday.

My mirror trim looks as good as new and I've used it to restore the rubber on my wing and am in the process of treating the smile as we speak.

This stuff goes on pretty easy dries quickly and leaves a very long lasting finish (they claim 2 years I think) and will not wash off.

Just passing this on for anyone who might need the info.
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Looks nice. Let us know how it lasts.
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Couldn't find the product on the site. Whats the name of the product or can you provide a link to it? My 1998 Pathfinder could use some major bumper work.
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This is what I used:
http://www.topoftheline.com/trimmolreski.html
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Here is a pic of the wing. I'll post another of the smile and the front spoiler when it's done. Man this is taking years off the looks of the car. By the way No affiliation just nice to find something that really appears to work.
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Believe it or not, I've used very cheap black leather dye (in a plastic bottle with applicator like shoe polish) to do the plastic trim on a Jetta and it worked wonders. Just apply evenly and in multiple coats to get a rich, thick even finish.
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Mike, any chance of a pic of the bits you restored on the Jetta? Nice to see the results before I stick some cheap black leather dye on the P-car?
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Looks great, thanks for the tip!!
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Quote:
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This is what I used:
http://www.topoftheline.com/trimmolreski.html
did you try Back to Black? i'm curious of a comparison. mine had similar results soaking it with this and lasted about a year. i was impressed. if you think what you used is better, then i'm sold!David
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Don't laugh.....did anyone prevously use peanut butter or peanut butter oil , before trying a dye? ...

You'd be amazed......

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Just let anyone who works on your car know just in case they have peanut allergies.
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Quote:
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did you try Back to Black? i'm curious of a comparison. mine had similar results soaking it with this and lasted about a year. i was impressed. if you think what you used is better, then i'm sold!David
Back to Black seems to work well for me too, although I am not sure of the longevity...
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I tried numerous wipe on soak in type products when I was trying to solve the problem. I'm not sure that Back to Black was one of them but I didn't have any luck with any of them. The dye did the trick and is still going strong.....
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Wil, organic or regular peanut butter?

I've used the back to black it just doesn't seem to last.

The wife makes peanut butter biscuits for the dogs, I might as well try on the car. I'll report back.

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I guess if you got hungry, you could always snatch of a piece of trim.

Seriously though, any idea how long the peanut oil treatment lasts?
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Thanks for posting the good tip kilodawg, your car looks great! I'm going to buy the same stuff you used, since Back to Black didn't last more than a couple months on my car. The UV in Colorado cooks the crap out of rubber.

If you're going to sell your car use the B to B, since it's cheap. I plan on keeping my car, so I'm going to buy the Autopia stuff.
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Someone told they found a 3M rubber restorer that worked really well on the whale tail.

Anyone know about that stuff? Or essence of wintergreen?
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Autoglym Bumper Care works for me. I bought mine from Autopia.

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GriotsGarage.com sells black rubber trim dye. Works great. I usually seal the rubber and protect it with LRV from the Wax Shop.
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Bringing an old post back to life.

Kilodawg - what was the brand you used on your rubber trims? Did it last? I want to dye some spots in my interior and currently researching the best product.

Thanks!
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