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Old 09-24-2012, 10:37 PM   #1
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DIY Forever Black

I searched and did not find a DIY on this but if there is one, I apologize for making another.

-I am not responsible if anyone messes up or if Forever Black is forever stuck on your car

So when I first picked up the car, one of the things I noticed was how faded the trim on the mirrors were. Of course, this happens with time and is bound to happen on a 10 year old car. After a little research, I found the product "Forever Black." The first thing I did was locate a shop near me that carried it. It was $13.99 + tax.

*Certain states do not carry Forever Black products

http://www.foreverblack.com/products.html

After purchasing it, I returned home and washed my car so that the areas that I would be applying it to, would be reasonably clean.

The box contains a pre-cleaning solution to be used before application. Instructions are on the bottles and it says to mix the entire solution with a gallon of warm water. Since mirror trim area is so small, only use about 1/4 of the solution in a quart of warm water (maybe even less, judge accordingly).

Wash the areas with the solution so that road grime/oils/etc are gone. DO NOT POUR OUT THE CLEANER WHEN YOU'RE DONE. It comes in handy later on. Dry off the area or let it air dry.

Once you're ready, be sure to tape off all areas around the mirror (window, door, whatever else). I did not get pictures of this but just be sure that the trim is the only thing showing.

I also opted to paint the black strip on my rear bumper. Before doing the mirrors, I started on the bumper because it had a bigger surface area and was unsure of how it would look. The head of the bottle was too big to fit in the lines in the bumper so I went to a craft store and picked up a smaller, flexible, foam brush that had the same texture as the bottle. This made it much easier and would help with the mirrors.

After 3 evenly applied coats, I let it dry for 15 min before removing the tape. Once removed, I noticed that there was a tad bit of bleeding. I quickly grabbed the cleaning solution and rubbed at the area where the Forever Black had gotten on my bumper. It came off without too much effort.

I then moved on the mirrors and repeated the same steps as I had with the bumper. Three even coats and 15 minutes later, my mirror trim looked like new!


Before and After pictures below.
The picture of the bumper is after it had been applied and right before removing the tape.
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:12 AM   #2
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I bought some of this stuff like 2 weeks ago I just haven't had the chance to put it on since I've been doing my remote start. I had read reviews about it on amazon and other sites. Most of them were good but a couple of them lead me to believe that this stuff was only good for porous plastics and rubbers. And the plastic around our mirrors doesn't seem to be porous at all, so I was hesitant. But your pictures show that this stuff works well. I want to try it on the trim that goes around the windows and the cowl cover. Thanks for the write up.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:28 PM   #3
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Its held up fine on my mirrors. I've washed them and nothing came off. As for the trim around the windows, I don't believe it will work on them. Maybe if you roughed it up with sand paper but even then I'm unsure of how it would hold.

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Old 09-28-2012, 09:44 PM   #4
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:57 PM   #5
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Just saying, my trim was damn near WHITE when I bought my car [I think it used to be in Nevada or Arkansaw or some other desert state.] I used a bit of this [ I apply every month or so, don't need to do it after like 2nd coat, but still.] and my trim looks new now. Used a bit on my seats too. http://www.turtlewax.com/product-detail.aspx?prodid=64
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:44 PM   #6
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Just put some around the window trim and it shined it up pretty nice. Doesn't look brand new, but it looks a lot better.
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:58 PM   #7
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Just saying, my trim was damn near WHITE when I bought my car [I think it used to be in Nevada or Arkansaw or some other desert state.] I used a bit of this [ I apply every month or so, don't need to do it after like 2nd coat, but still.] and my trim looks new now. Used a bit on my seats too. http://www.turtlewax.com/product-detail.aspx?prodid=64
you apply two coats a month or just one?
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:44 PM   #8
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Just one now, but like for the two weeks after I bought it, I applied it like once every 3-5 days. Now its fine, and I wash it with Armor All w/ Caranauba wax, and like when driving fast during the rain, I don't need to use my wipers because of the waxing. its pretty cool.
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