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Faded, Black Plastic Trim - Return to Black like New!

Hey, everyone - more in the info/pics series documenting returning my recently-purchased CPO 2015 QX70 (which can still be helpful to FX owners when detailing);

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Rear Bumper Faded Black Trim B4 restoration
Rear Bumper Faded Black Trim after restored w/Mother's Back To Black

Rear Bumper Left Side - Faded Black Trim B4 restoration
Rear Bumper Left Side - Faded Black Trim after restored w/Mother's Back To Black
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File Type: jpg Rear Bumper_b4 BacktoBlack.jpg (45.0 KB, 21 views)
File Type: jpg Rear Bumper_Aft BacktoBlack.jpg (25.1 KB, 21 views)
File Type: jpg Mother's Back to Black.jpg (30.6 KB, 20 views)
File Type: jpg Rear Bumper_b4 BacktoBlack (2).jpg (38.0 KB, 19 views)
File Type: jpg Rear Bumper_Aft BacktoBlack2.jpg (35.8 KB, 15 views)

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Here's more...

Windshield Exterior Base Faded Black Trim B4 restoration
Windshield Exterior Base Faded Black Trim after restored w/Mother's Back To Black
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File Type: jpg Windshield Trim_B4 BacktoBlack.jpg (44.5 KB, 17 views)
File Type: jpg Windshield Trim_Aft BlacktoBlack.jpg (70.1 KB, 15 views)

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post what it looks like after it's had a week to dry/wear off, I'm curious if the effects are just because the application is fresh

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Same here, would like to see if the plastic stays nice and black or starts to wear.
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Will do; I’ve used the product about a year now; on my FX, lasts about six months on plastic, but less time on rubber seals/trim.

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I have a suspicion that those products are just liquid shoe polish in a different bottle.
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Could be, but doesn't seem like it; the liquid is white, actually, like a liquid wax. It will be interesting to see what results are down the road. I've used the product only since Nov 2017 on my (former) '05 FX35 - and was pleased with results, but lost vehicle in crash Apr 2, 2018 - I replaced with a CPO 2015 QX70 with lots of faded, black-plastic trimi; using Mother's Back to Black to restore the sheen - doesn't appear former 1-owner took as much care in the details.

Consumer Reports reviewed the top-five Exterior Plastic trim restorers/cleaners in 2014, Mother's and Meguiar’s, among other more expensive options:

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/...ners/index.htm

"Bottom line. Two products—ReNu Finish and Wipe New—really stood out, far outlasting all others. They brought back a rich, dark finish to our panels and maintained that look for 70 days and 10 washes. But both come in small bottles that provide far less product than the others.

The other products made a big improvement at first, but after 10 weeks the effect had almost completely faded. Still, if you don’t mind regular applications, they offer good results and come in larger bottles."

I'll post photos of the trim as the treatment ages going forward...

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Okay chris_s and iheartcars: I'm circling back to show the same black-trim parts of my QX70 after one-month of using Mother's Back to Black liquid restorer; this follows use in hot, dry, raining days on the road, three washes, one waxing (avoided waxing black-trim parts), etc.

I'm still sold, and I've not had to apply anymore coats; I've washed normally (using dawn liquid) and dried with chamois each time. Let me know what you think?

(Btw, not affiliated, connected or employed by Mother's products - just a happy customer!).
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thanks for the update!

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I really gotta detail my FX this summer LOL... :P

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