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Old 02-20-2017, 10:51 AM   #1
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Best way to restore the trim

My trim around the car looks faded, old and white after waxing my car, should i use plati dip or mother back to black?
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Old 02-20-2017, 11:05 AM   #2
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I searched the forum for faded molding and found a lot of results
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Old 02-20-2017, 11:21 AM   #3
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Old 02-20-2017, 12:28 PM   #4
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My buddy's dad uses wipe new at his detailing shop. I never tried it but it always looks good
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Old 02-21-2017, 11:11 AM   #5
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I just used wipe new on my car. My mom bought it for me as a Christmas gift and it looked kind of cheap, so I was a little hesitant to use it. I spent about 3 cleaning my car the other day and the headlight lenses were the only thing that looked bad. I used the wipe new on it and holy cow it worked super well. Not perfect (although I don't think I sanded enough) but really well! I used it on my chrome trim and my mirror trim and it made both look brand new. It's only been about 3 days so I can't tell how well it holds up but I was impressed.
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Old 03-11-2017, 10:12 PM   #6
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If you're talking about the rubberized/plastic trim around the exterior, I used the Mr. Clean magic eraser and some Adams APC (APC optional, probably could just use car soap for lubrication or nothing even) to clean them. The magic eraser is like a super fine sandpaper, so it removed all of the oxidation and should get rid of the wax. Trim looked great at that point and you could stop there.

Next, I wanted to protect the trim so I put gyeon trim coat (any trim coating would work) on it, my windshield cowl, and rear diffuser. You could put it on any plastics. The coating is basically like a wax for plastics. It darkened them up significantly and added some water repelling ability. Couldn't be more satisfied.

I bought my car in Oct 2016. 5 months later, and it all looks just as good as the day I did it.

Unfortunately, I don't have any pics as I spent a full weekend detailing the car when i purchased it and couldn't bother taking pictures. It was alot of work lol
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Old 03-12-2017, 01:36 AM   #7
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Aero 303 is good. It's not overly shiny but will revitalize the black trim.

Edit: When searching try googling e46fanatics + whatever you are trying to find. I also found results for faded molding and bimmerfest shows up lower on the list along with youtube results.
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Old 03-12-2017, 04:58 AM   #8
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Aero 303 is good. It's not overly shiny but will revitalize the black trim.

Edit: When searching try googling e46fanatics + whatever you are trying to find. I also found results for faded molding and bimmerfest shows up lower on the list along with youtube results.
yes 303 works well
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Old 04-16-2017, 11:07 PM   #9
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I use 3M Leather Vinyl restorer. I've used it for years. It's hard to find though. After I was my car I spray it on the cowl and the back piece on the bumper and let it soak in. The trim around the side mirrors I apply with a microfiber towel. It takes about 2-3 wipes. This last for a month or two, depending on the weather.

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Old 05-01-2017, 06:32 PM   #10
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Mothers Back to Black.
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Old 05-07-2017, 09:38 PM   #11
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303 works ok, but is used typically for interior plastics, as previously mentioned Back to Black works very well.
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