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    Faded and Marked Plastic Trims - Help

    Hiya,
    I have an 04 Astra SXI which I purchased in March of this year. It has the black plastic (not body coloured) bump strips down the side and at the bottom.
    They are starting to look really faded and washed out already. Much much worse than some much older Astra's I've seen. To be honest im pretty p*ss*d off because I've always tried to be as careful as possible with not getting polish on them etc.
    I've tried using back to black and other stuff like that but it just seems to wash of and fade again the first time it rains.

    If anyone has any suggestions on how to cure this please let me know. Im even considering paying to have them sprayed body coloured to make it look better because it looks awful at the moment. To make matters worse the car is balck which menas it shows up even more.

    Also does anyone think I would have any joy if I went into the VX dealer?. I'm kinda reluctant too seeing as the guy that sold me the car is my best mates dad

    Thanks In Advance

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    Am afraid this happens to all black trims that arent colour coded on all makes of cars
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    Spray them mate... Or you could try turtlewax tyre gel, works great on tyres... Send some pics, lets see how bad they are...
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    mine are exactly the same, and having a black car makes them stand out a mile! I'm gonna spray them.

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    meguires purple gel stuff, thats what i used to use. but if you get them sprayed it is a LOT better IMHO.
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    I would decide now what your going to do, as if you keep aplying all this fancy black to black gear on them, you will find spraying them may become an arse!
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    Try Black Wax. It's a turtle wax product I think, and it's a very black gloopy liquid you rub on directly, much better than the clear spray stuff. Get it from Halfords. I use it and seems to be OK.

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    i use autoglym tyre dressing, just apply it each time you vallet the car. brilliant for tyres/door strips/skirts/door mirror backing plates/weather strips that run along the bottom of the glass/wiper arms/irmy grill! nothing will last forever though this stuff has reasonable staying power.
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    Same same same!! Black car, trim went grey - looked sh1te. Tried back to black, which was ok but doesnt last as long as i would like. So colour coded them myself. Cost about £15 for the wet n dry paper and primer/paint/laquer sprays from halfrauds. A lot less than £120 sum ppl hav been quoted to get it done in a body shop. Look pretty good imho.
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    re: Faded and Marked Plastic Trims - Help

    I've just bought some Meguiars Natural Shine Vinyl and rubber protectant. This stuff is really good, removes old wax and leaves the vinyl/rubber looking like it just came out of the showroom. Was very good on the window seals and the mirror housings. As my bump strips are colour coded I can't say what it's like on them but it should be fine.
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