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Oxidized plastic/rubber

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    Oxidized plastic/rubber

    My '05 GMC has had some serious sun exposure in its previous life. The mirrors, rear bumper, windshield seal, cowl area etc. all have that funky rainbow or white oxidized petroleum look. For now I have just put armorall on there to cover it What can I do to rid the surfaces of this oxidation?

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    I'm assuming you're just talking about those plastic pieces on your truck. I would try this stuff called "Black Wow". It works really good, I have never had any fading plastic issues with my truck, but my Dad's fender flares on his FJ faded from sitting in the sun all the time. We tried the stuff and it worked excellent. It really does get the plastic trim pieces in good condition again. If that doesn't work, I'd just spend the money to get them replaced. We had to order ours online, none of our local Autozone's carry it, not sure if that's just where we live or what.

    http://www.autogeek.net/black-wow-trim-restorer.html

    Worth a shot in my opinion.

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    was wanting something to remove the damage, like polishing paint as apposed to just waxing over it. My searches haven't been very successful..

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    Hmmm, I don't know man, I thought that was basically considered a polishing paint. My Dad's FJ had this process done over a month ago and it's been raining like crazy here, still looks pretty fresh. I'd go ahead and try it if I were you. Even if it does actually fade over time, all you have to do is apply it again, not that hard.

    I mean, I honestly can't even think of anything else you could use to permanently get rid of the fade. Really doesn't seem like there are any other other than to just replace all the pieces.

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    Mothers "Back to Black". I have used it on a couple of our cars with good results.

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    I'm in for this one. I would also like to make the damn plastic on the Avy look good.

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    Armor all will dry it out. It's like crack for cars. Once you start you need to keep using it.

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    prime then paint it satin black

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    I'll second the Mothers Back to Black. It will take a few applications if the plastic is really weathered.

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    Use cleaner wax.
    Mother's or Meguiar's Cleaner Wax will remove the oxidation.
    Until you remove the oxidation, anything you put on will be short lived...
    It works best with a buffer, but a little elbow grease and a microfiber applicator should work just fine...
    As long as the surface is non-textured you should have no problems bringing it back to like new condition.

    For the windshield seal or rubber-like trim, I use 1Z Einszett Plastic-Vinyl Cleaner ''Plastik-Reiniger''
    Last edited by Z06-Goose; 02-09-2011 at 09:32 PM.

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    Most of it is textured, only smooth plastic is at the bottom of the side windows

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    I use the Mother Back to Black instead of armour all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Mothers "Back to Black". I have used it on a couple of our cars with good results.
    how long does it last?

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    Try Meguiars dash/trim restorer-its a recently new product. I have used back to black and this seems to work a little better. It does have a shine to it though, so if your not wanting that effect dont use it..

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