Restore Black Plastic on Car

Restore Black Plastic on Car - AutoGlanz AG Car Care

Joe Pritchard |

Over time - the black plastic trim on your car can become faded and dull, detracting from the overall appearance of your vehicle.

Whether it's the bumper, door handles or side mirrors, faded black plastic can make your car look worn and neglected.

But here's the good news:

You can easily restore the lustre and rejuvenate your car's black plastic trim with our comprehensive guide. 

Key Takeaways

  • Restoring black plastic on your car can greatly enhance its overall appearance.
  • Understanding the impact of UV rays and environmental factors on black plastic is crucial for effective restoration.
  • Proper preparation, including cleaning and drying the plastic trim, is key to achieving successful results.
  • Using high-quality products, such as Auto Glanz TT Serum, can help revive and protect black plastic trim.
  • Avoid using heat guns for restoration, as they can damage the plastic and cause paint bubbling.

Why Does Black Plastic Fade?

Let's dive in: 

Why Black Plastic Loses Its Lustre Over Time

Black plastic trim loses its lustre over time due to the degradation of its surface. UV rays break down the chemical bonds in the plastic, causing it to become brittle and faded

Environmental factors like pollution and dirt can also accumulate on the surface, further diminishing its appearance.

Essential Tools and Materials for Restoring Car Plastic

When it comes to restoring black plastic, having the right tools and materials is crucial. Here are some essential items you'll need:

  • Plastic trim restorer: Look for a high-quality restorer specifically designed for black plastic trim.
  • Clean microfibre cloths: These are important for cleaning the plastic trim before restoration.
  • Plastic cleaner: Use a plastic cleaner to remove any dirt, grime, or contaminants from the surface.
  • Applicator: Choose appropriate applicators for applying the trim restorer, whether it's a brush, sponge, or cloth.

With these essential tools and materials on hand, you'll be ready to restore the black plastic trim on your car and bring back its original shine.

Reviving Black Plastic with Auto Glanz TT Serum

Auto Glanz TT Serum is the magic potion that makes your faded black trim black again:

Auto Glanz TT Serum

It can be used on all interior and exterior plastic / trim as well as on rubber (as a tyre shine).

With its advanced formula, this serum can bring back the shine and colour to faded and dull plastic surfaces.

In this section, we will guide you through the process of using Auto Glanz TT Serum to achieve professional results.

Step 1: Start Cleaning with Auto Glanz Plastic Cleaner

Plastic Cleaner

To ensure optimal adhesion and long-lasting restoration, it is crucial to start with a clean surface. Clean your interior trim or exterior trim with Plastic Cleaner:

Plastic Cleaner on bumper

Begin by applying Auto Glanz Plastic Cleaner to the plastic trim. This specially formulated cleaner will remove dirt, grime, and any previously applied coatings, preparing the surface for the TT Serum. 

Step 2: Apply TT Serum

Once the plastic trim is clean and dry, it's time to apply the Auto Glanz TT Serum. Follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Shake the TT Serum bottle well before use.
  2. Using a clean applicator pad, apply a small amount of TT Serum to the pad.
  3. Gently work the serum into the plastic trim, making sure to cover the entire surface.
  4. Allow the serum to dwell on the trim for the recommended time, usually a few minutes.
  5. Using a clean microfibre cloth, gently buff away any excess serum from the surface.

This is roughly the amount you need for a bumper:

TT serum black plastic restorer on applicator

Take a look at this 50/50 split - What a difference it makes!:

Faded Black Plastic bumper restored 50/50

By following this simple guide, you can achieve a professional finish and restore the beauty of your car's black plastic trim.

Is it Permanently Restored or How Long Will It Last?

No - it is not possible to permanently restore UV damaged plastic.

The durability of the restoration achieved with a black trim restorer like Auto Glanz TT Serum will depend on various factors, such as the condition of the plastic trim and the environmental conditions it is exposed to. However, when applied correctly, the restoration can last from weeks to several months, providing long-lasting protection and enhancement to your car's plastic trim.

Now that you know how to revive black plastic with Auto Glanz TT Serum, it's time to give your car trim the attention it deserves and enjoy the renewed appearance of your vehicle.

Why using a Heat Gun is a bad idea

While it may be tempting to reach for a heat gun as a quick solution for restoring black plastic, it is important to understand the potential risks involved. Here, we will explain why using a heat gun can actually be a bad idea when it comes to black plastic restoration.

1. Damaged Plastic: Using a heat gun on plastic can lead to irreversible damage. The intense heat can cause the plastic to melt, warp, or become brittle, ruining its appearance and structural integrity. You also drain the plastic from oils.

2. Paint Bubbling: If your car's plastic trim is near painted surfaces, using a heat gun can cause the paint to bubble or peel. This not only ruins the aesthetic appeal but also adds additional repair expenses.

3. Safety Precautions: Heat guns emit high temperatures, posing a fire hazard if not used with caution. Additionally, the hot air blown by the gun can cause burns or injuries if mishandled. It is important to prioritize safety during any restoration process.

Instead of using a heat gun, consider alternative methods such as using dedicated plastic restorers or following professional techniques. These methods offer safer and more effective solutions to restore and maintain the appearance of black plastic trim without the risks associated with heat guns.

Frequently Asked Questions About Restoring Black Plastic

Can black plastic on a car be restored?

Yes, black plastic on a car can be restored using various methods and techniques. By understanding the impact of UV rays and environmental factors, properly preparing the surface, and using the right restorer products, you can bring back the lustre and rejuvenate the faded black plastic trim.

Why does black plastic lose its lustre over time?

Black plastic loses its lustre over time due to the damaging effects of UV rays and exposure to environmental factors such as heat, rain, and pollution. These factors cause the plastic to fade, become dull, and lose its original black colour.

What are the essential tools and materials for restoring car plastic?

The essential tools and materials for restoring car plastic include a plastic cleaner, a microfiber cloth or sponge, a trim restorer product, and UV protection products. These items will help to clean, repair, and protect the black plastic trim on your car.

How do I prepare the surface for black plastic restoration?

To prepare the surface for black plastic restoration, start by cleaning the plastic trim using a plastic cleaner and a microfiber cloth or sponge. Make sure the surface is dry and free from any contaminants before applying the restorer product.

How do I use Auto Glanz TT Serum to restore black plastic?

Start by cleaning the plastic trim using Auto Glanz Plastic Cleaner. Apply the TT Serum following the manufacturer's instructions, using a microfiber cloth or sponge. Spread the product evenly on the plastic trim and allow it to dry. The TT Serum will revive the shine and colour of your car's plastic trim, providing a long-lasting restoration.

Can I use a heat gun to restore black plastic?

It is generally not recommended to use a heat gun for black plastic restoration. The high heat can damage the plastic or cause paint bubbling, and it poses a safety risk if not used properly. It is best to use specialized restorer products and techniques for effective and safe restoration.

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