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    Faded Black Plastic Trim

    A friend and I did some waxing on my car about a week ago, and it turned out that some wax got on roof rack track ?? (black plastic rail that runs the length of the roof). We never really noticed it during the process because we were waxing towards dusk.

    The problem is that there are now some faded parts on this plastic track. Does anyone know of techniques or products that can help remedy this? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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    I tried this stuff called back to black. It is for plastic though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oguitar View Post
    I tried this stuff called back to black. It is for plastic though.
    MOTHER'S Back to Black. works great but it's not 100% permanent
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    Just looked that stuff up. I'll be giving it a shot.
    Thanks for the input !
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    Sounds like it's just wax that has to be removed from the plastic rather than faded/damaged plastic. I'm assuming the rails themselves are made from a plastic with a very fine texture (?). Use a microfiber cloth and safe cleaner to get the wax out of the plastic's tiny peaks and valleys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mudferret View Post
    Sounds like it's just wax that has to be removed from the plastic rather than faded/damaged plastic. I'm assuming the rails themselves are made from a plastic with a very fine texture (?). Use a microfiber cloth and safe cleaner to get the wax out of the plastic's tiny peaks and valleys.
    Try this first.
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    the back to black stuff works pretty good.

    Next time when you wax...try and get some of the ICE stuff.

    Looks awesome, is very easy to apply, and, you can get it on everything but glass and it actually shines all your plastic stuff.

    It smells really good to. But, don't drink...says right on the bottle it could be fatal...haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by strang3majik View Post
    the back to black stuff works pretty good.

    Next time when you wax...try and get some of the ICE stuff.

    Looks awesome, is very easy to apply, and, you can get it on everything but glass and it actually shines all your plastic stuff.

    It smells really good to. But, don't drink...says right on the bottle it could be fatal...haha.
    +1 i love ice. Except i just found the turtle wax "black box" for black cars and fell in love
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    Quote Originally Posted by GarrettKoonsman View Post
    +1 i love ice. Except i just found the turtle wax "black box" for black cars and fell in love
    Yeah, that black box is awesome (for black cars obviously...lol) But, it made my truck look flawless and made my faded black Conquest look like it had new paint on it.

    But...for those who don't have black vehicles...ICE is the next best thing.
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    Just to re-iterate. ICE is a polish... Not a wax.

    It's not designed to protect like wax. Just shine like it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinister View Post
    Just to re-iterate. ICE is a polish... Not a wax.

    It's not designed to protect like wax. Just shine like it
    Really? I'll have to check that out. I was sure it said it was synthetic wax right on it.

    Hmm...
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    Quote Originally Posted by strang3majik View Post
    Really? I'll have to check that out. I was sure it said it was synthetic wax right on it.

    Hmm...
    +1. I thought it was a wax as well. That is the only stuff I've used on my wife's Yaris...but the Yaris really doesn't get much love from me. It was just left over stuff from when I owned my Frontier. I, too, thought it worked well for the plastic bits but they turned white after about a year.

    So the Mothers Back to Black stuff is the way to go for plastic bits turning a light gray from UV damage? Any other recommendations? Pretty disappointing but the plastic pieces on the doors where the mirrors mount are already discoloring after only a year on my '09.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudferret View Post
    Sounds like it's just wax that has to be removed from the plastic rather than faded/damaged plastic. I'm assuming the rails themselves are made from a plastic with a very fine texture (?). Use a microfiber cloth and safe cleaner to get the wax out of the plastic's tiny peaks and valleys.
    Ahh, that makes sense. I have an abundant amount of microfiber cloths, but when you say cleaner, what sort of cleaner?
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    I just bought an 02 wrx with almost all the black plastic faded. I used Armor All original in a thick coat and let it soak in for a few days. Then I used McGuire's quick detailer on all of them to remove the greasy finish and all the plastic looks new again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKI.WRX View Post
    I just bought an 02 wrx with almost all the black plastic faded. I used Armor All original in a thick coat and let it soak in for a few days. Then I used McGuire's quick detailer on all of them to remove the greasy finish and all the plastic looks new again.
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