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Faded trim? Well, take a look here....

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by SouthBoundSteve, Jun 24, 2017.

  1. Jun 24, 2017 at 6:15 AM
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    SouthBoundSteve

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    Howdy gang,

    A question that seems to get asked a lot is, " what can I do for my faded trim?" A great question that needs some investigating. Some questions to be asked...
    1. How bad is it faded?
    2. What type of environment or weather are you in?
    3. Is your truck outside 24/7?
    4. If your truck is fairly new, would a coating help?

    So, I'm going to post some articles, with products, for your reading enjoyment. Hopefully, this will help guide you.

    Trim coating or Trim Restorer, article from "Ask a Pro blog" on Detailed Image...
    http://www.detailedimage.com/Ask-a-Pro/trim-coating-or-trim-restorer-which-do-i-need/

    Here is one that I have on my personal truck and has been holding up for since a year and a half ago, CAR PRO DLUX.
    Again, article taken from a respected Pro....
    http://www.detailedimage.com/Ask-a-Pro/product-review-carpro-dlux-plastic-and-wheel-coating/

    Here is another coating that I applied to my wife's car when it was brand new, GTECHNIQ C4.
    I had seen 3 years of longevity before reapplying this one...
    http://www.detailedimage.com/Ask-a-Pro/product-review-gtechniq-c4-permanent-trim-restorer/

    Your trim is really faded you say, Zach M. has another article and product to cover that, Solution Trim Finish...
    http://www.detailedimage.com/Ask-a-Pro/product-review-solution-finish-trim-restorer/

    With any coating products, Preperation is absolutely key in a successful application. This shouldn't scare you off. Thus forum is filled with owners who take the time that is needed when caring for their trucks. The steps are simple to follow, do not require any complicated tools or techniques, and yield great results.

    If you are not into coatings, for whatever reasons, and plan making it part of your normal maintenance routine, there is the simple yet effective super product Aerospace 303. I keep 303 in my aresenal since it is a great product and relatively easy to find...
    http://www.detailedimage.com/Ask-a-Pro/303-aerospace-protectant-review-and-guide/
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/aerospace-303-a-versatile-trim-rubber-vinyl-product.12944/

    ********Edited on 7-6-2017*******
    Jim, @driverdog, did a review of another product. This is my current tire product..
    Check out post #34 here and Thanks @driverdog !
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/aerospace-303-a-versatile-trim-rubber-vinyl-product.12944/page-2

    https://www.carpro-us.com/wheels-trim/waxaddict-tyre-feeder-conditioner/
     
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  2. Jul 5, 2017 at 7:56 PM
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    I just picked up my "new" 08 Tundra double cab tonight. The black trim between the side windows has faded. Do you think these products would restore the original color? Thanks.
     
  3. Jul 5, 2017 at 9:43 PM
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    Welcome to the site. I believe what you are talking about is a sticker. I had to replace those on a couple Dodge trucks after a few years. They are not real spendy.
     
  4. Jul 6, 2017 at 3:03 AM
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    SouthBoundSteve [OP] New and Improved Ron is Right!

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    Hi Stewart,

    As Chris pointed out, are those pieces stickers or actually hard plastic trim? I would try this, which isn't on the above post since I just started using it...
    https://www.carpro-us.com/wheels-trim/waxaddict-tyre-feeder-conditioner/
    Or even the Aerospace 303 which can be found pretty much anywhere. On my last truck, which was a Nissan, the material in the same spot was like a vinyl sticker. I ended up putting putting aftermarket pieces over those areas. Nice thing about that was they offered Gloss black, carbon fiber, etc...

    You could try the Solution Trim Finish but, if it is a sticker/vinyl material, I can't guarantee success.

    If you could post some pics of the area, including on back of the B pillars.
     
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  5. Jul 6, 2017 at 6:14 AM
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    Lots of great info here Steve. I've used Aero 303 and is good stuff.
     
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  6. Jul 6, 2017 at 6:26 AM
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    Thank you Mr. Matt!
     
  7. Jul 6, 2017 at 6:41 AM
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    Thank you Steve!! Awesome info!
     
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  8. Jul 6, 2017 at 6:50 AM
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    Car ProDLux looks like a great product too. Amazon has some good prices for it.
     
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  9. Sep 5, 2017 at 11:29 AM
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    Hi gang,

    I had my cowl replaced today due to the trim against the windshield ended up folded underneath itself on the passenger side.

    This gave me the opportunity to apply a new trim coating and to show case two of my favorites. The two products are Car Pro's DLUX and GTechniq's C4.
    IMG_1138.jpg

    Here are the tools needed...
    IMG_1139.jpg
    The Eraser is used for removing any grease and oils. Simply spray Eraser on the trim and follow up with a wipe down. I used one of the larger suede microfibers above to remove it. In the picture below, you can see some material that was on the cowl...
    IMG_1140.jpg
    Eraser sprayed on, removed...
    IMG_1143.jpg

    The results after removal of Eraser...
    IMG_1144.jpg

    Once the area is completely dry, applynthe product. In this case, I went with DLUX on the driver side to the center. There is a notch in the center so that was my landmark if you will.
    To apply the DLUX, simply take a small suede microfiber, wrap it around the block and on the initial application, and on the initial application, apply several lines of product like so..
    IMG_1147.jpg

    Apply the product in a back and forth then up and down motion. For tight spots, simply take the suede m.f. off and apply in those areas. With DLUX, depending on your environmental and weather conditions, let it set for 1-5 minutes. The warmer and dryer the less time needed...
    Applied...
    IMG_1148.jpg

    Then leveled...
    IMG_1149.jpg

    When leveling, your not trying to remove it, like you would with wax. Your just looking to level the product out evenly.

    On the passenger side, I went with the C4. This time, instead of the suede and block, GTechniq uses a cotton pad to apply...
    IMG_1150.jpg

    I apply the C4 to the pad in drops. Initially, apply 10 drops or so then 3-4 thereafter. As soon as C4 is applied, follow up with the same leveling process the difference here is to do that immediately after application. No waiting...
    IMG_1151.jpg

    The finished product...






    IMG_1152.jpg

    Here are the links to the products..
    https://www.carpro-us.com/coatings-sealants-spray-wax/cquartz-dlux-wheel-trim-coating-30ml-sky-kit/

    http://www.detailedimage.com/GTechn...m-Restorer-P868/15-ml-S1/#product-description

    Some tips...

    -I wear a dust mask when applying coatings and apply in a well ventilated area. My garage was open with a fan blowing to keep the air moving. The C4 smells like a Christmas tree and the DLUX more like a nail polisher remover just not as bad...
    - Wear gloves and eye protection for YOUR protection.
    - Make sure the surface you are applying the coating to is free of oil, grease, and clean along with being dry.
    - Do not allow water on surface for three hours and no washing with soap and water for three days, I actually prefer 7 days.

    The coatings boast a life of 1-2 years. I have seen three years. You can also put a product like 303 on it but wait at least 30 days before doing that. Honestly, you don't need it but some folks like to do it. I will experiment with Wax Addicts Tyre Conditioner at some point.

    Hope this was informative.
     
  10. Sep 5, 2017 at 5:19 PM
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    Steve, great how-to!
     
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    Thanks, Ron!
     
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    Steve, I love and hate you.
    Love part, You are awesome in all the info you are sharing here. It is truly awesome that you take the time to share valuable information for free as you are not even selling any product.

    Hate part, It makes me want to do a lot of stuff to my truck and spend money.

    So far, all the products you have recommended have worked exceptionally well, and I am a believer in you man.

    I cant believe you don't have a supply business, I would defiantly buy from you.

    Thanks for all you do for members
     
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    Thanks, Bones. Spread the wealth! Most of the vendors I deal with are good people. I’m glad that you are keeping the Tundra in great shape...:thumbsup:
     
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    Do you think the CQ UK 3.0 would work on the cowling?
     
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    SouthBoundSteve [OP] New and Improved Ron is Right!

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    How faded are we talking?
     
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    No fading yet. I just want to prevent it in the future on my wife's Highlander which is parked outside at her work.
     
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    I've used 303 for about 12 years, when I started using it on the convertible top of my Honda S2000. Works great!
     
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