How to renovate the black plastic bodywork.

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How to renovate the black plastic bodywork.

Post by BML on Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:14 pm

I have a 2002 Autosleeper Pollensa and what I would call the body skirt that goes round practically the whole vehicle looks very dry and a trifle grey.  I thought of using Back to Black but I'm not sure.
Does anyone have a suggestion as to what I should use to bring the plastic stuff back to life?
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Re: How to renovate the black plastic bodywork.

Post by -mojo- on Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:49 pm

I'd suggest a forum search, as IIRC the subject was discussed here in detail only a few months ago.

I confess I didn't pay much attention, because I've never owned a van with black plastic skirt!
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Re: How to renovate the black plastic bodywork.

Post by BML on Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:57 pm

What is IIRC?
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Re: How to renovate the black plastic bodywork.

Post by Paulmold on Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:01 pm

BML wrote:What is IIRC?
 'If I remember correctly'
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Re: How to renovate the black plastic bodywork.

Post by Wingrider8368 on Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:20 pm

A friend of mine told me just a couple of days ago that, unlikely as it may seem, peanut butter will bring that sort of trim back to looking as good as new.  It is the peanut oil that is the magic ingredient by all accounts. 
As yet I have not tried it and he hasn't come back with any test results either.  
I will post any results we glean

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Re: How to renovate the black plastic bodywork.

Post by andygump on Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:56 pm

It killed Elvis  hugegrins hugegrins hugegrins 



  Andy  smile!

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Re: How to renovate the black plastic bodywork.

Post by TeamRienza on Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:01 pm

Hi,

The answer is 'Forever Black' a permanent dye available on E-Bay and originally recommended by Modelman ( I think) A bit dear at £15 approx. when I bought mine, but well worth it. I only have a front bumper to do and a bottle is enough for three applications of 2 coats each time.

Each year I have applied it in March and I was just admiring it yesterday (Aug 11th) really long lasting. I use a paintbrush rather than the little pad on the top of the bottle. It also comes with a small bottle of solvent to remove any silicon based product such as back to black which goes grey again in no time.

  http://www.autosleeper-ownersforum.com/t2498-bumper-re-paint?highlight=bumper+repaint 

If you simply search bumper repaint on the forum you will get several references to it.


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Re: How to renovate the black plastic bodywork.

Post by Traficlady on Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:58 pm

I was told about peanut butter, too, for the black panels on the sides. My cousin's an aromatherapist and she had some out of date walnut oil which I tried. Works a treat and I can eat the peanut butter instead! You do have to be careful not to use too much and to rub it well in (not that it actually goes "in" of course!) otherwise it's a bit greasy and gets dust stuck to it.

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Re: How to renovate the black plastic bodywork.

Post by alpall on Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:51 pm

I used the smooth peanut butter and it was great, the only thing I didn't like was not long after I had applied the peanut butter it rained and next morning there were black run lines on the body work.  Maybe I didn't rub it in enough.  I like the sound of the Forever Black stuff though, and will give that a try.
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Re: How to renovate the black plastic bodywork.

Post by daisy mae on Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:36 pm

I used boiled linseed oil on my black panels on my Topaz, worked a treat, have had heavy rain since, but no black streaks , rubbed in on with soft cloth and then buffed up with another soft cloth, water just beads on it. I did clean the panels first though.Didn`t take long at all, up!
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Re: How to renovate the black plastic bodywork.

Post by mikethebike on Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:22 am

Forever Black is good. The only drawback i found is applying it on the vertical surfaces.
You need a paint brush or sponge pad ,as the bottle head is small and the liquid only comes out when upside down.hugegrins 
Patience as well:snigger: for an even coating.
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Re: How to renovate the black plastic bodywork.

Post by Paulmold on Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:53 pm

I've used Autoglym Bumper Restorer on the bumpers (surprise surprise) twice since owning and it's looked good still after 2 years each time. This year I used it on the side panels, they look good but after rain, the white panels under them are covered in streaks. The streaks are easy to remove with Autoglym polish but its a nuisance to have to keep doing it. I only used Autoglym because the valet pack came free with subscription to MMM magazine.
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Re How to renovate the black plastic bodywork

Post by Bilyco on Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:23 am

Forever Black. I have used it on my bumpers (looks great) and the mirrors and side black plastic panels. Best to use a paint brush as well as sometimes using the bottle the pigment runs so you can spread it out evenly. My need 2 coats but looks good on the black plastic also.
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Re How to renovate the black plastic bodywork

Post by algy on Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:17 pm

Forever black is the best product, it makes all plastics look like brand new....
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Re: How to renovate the black plastic bodywork.

Post by Redwink on Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:16 am

Have you tried Mer Bumper and external vinyl gel, it says on the bottle
restores vinyl and rubber bumpers, trim, wing mirror casings and vinyl roofs
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Re: How to renovate the black plastic bodywork.

Post by Paulmold on Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:46 am

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Re: How to renovate the black plastic bodywork.

Post by Betty's Mum on Sat Oct 05, 2013 9:06 pm

Just having a leisurely browse on the forum when I came across this.

Not all of my trims are black so I use a Turtle Wax gel call Black in a Flash trim wax - looks a bit like a bottle of iffy mayo! I am really pleased with the results so far, but would be really interested to find out if anyone else has done the boiled linseed and how long it lasts?

Now I must get back to fixing my dishwasher ... confused3 
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Black in a flash

Post by Enn on Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:02 pm

I also use 'black in a flash' I find it much easier to get an even finish with as opposed to any of the black bumper waxes, and because it is basically a clear silicon gel doesn't show up if accidentally got on surrounding areas.
The bugs don't stick to it either up!

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Re: How to renovate the black plastic bodywork.

Post by Plain speaking on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:50 pm

The trade swear by using a heat gun to restore the original colour plenty on YouTube
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Re: How to renovate the black plastic bodywork.

Post by Spospe on Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:42 pm

I have used a heat-gun (electric paint-stripper) and it works well. You must be careful and keep the gun in constant motion, otherwise it will disfigure (melt) the surface.


This was on a Duetto with the black side panels.


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Re: How to renovate the black plastic bodywork.

Post by roli on Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:10 pm

Is it supposed to be black ???    AS did use Landrover Slate Grey for trims on a few vans especially the monocoques such as the Talisman, Executive, Excelsior, Legend etc.  They may have used on Styrofoam bodies as well

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Re: How to renovate the black plastic bodywork.

Post by rogerblack on Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:38 pm

Our 2002 Pollensa (Peugeot 2.8 HDi base) definitely has deep grey skirts, not black.  

They are prone to going paler due to UV degradation. I use the same Meguiars RV/Marine products that we use on the hab area for all of the grey apart from the front bumper/spoiler which has a matt finish; for that I use their Ultimate Protectant. (For the original cab sections:doors, bonnet, front wings etc I use Meguiars Car Care products).
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Re: How to renovate the black plastic bodywork.

Post by BML on Sun Jun 08, 2014 5:50 pm

I have just used Autoglym and am not impressed so the search goes on.  I think I will ask Auto-sleeper.
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Re: How to renovate the black plastic bodywork.

Post by Biglol on Fri Aug 01, 2014 7:03 am

The rear bumper on my Executive (53) is not the same material as the front bumper.  Front being black plastic and the rear is part of the Monocoque bodywork. I tried the heat method on the rear bumper and it didn't like it.  silly me

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