External Plastics & Trim

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CarPro PERL 50/500/1ltr
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Wolfgang Cockpit Trim Sealant 237mL
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Dura Gloss 481 Wax Eraser

External plastics & trim restorers and cleaners 

Are the external plastics and trim on your vehicle looking a little dull, chalky or faded? Have you forgotten if they are meant to be black or grey? Is there a white polish or waxy residue hanging around?

All of these little signs can create a big indication that your car needs a bit of T.LC – but luckily, there are a few specially formulated products that can help you get the job done properly. 

Why does fading occur?

Nylons, polystyrene, polycarbonates, weatherable ASA-AES, PVC, polypropylene, polyesters and urethanes. This sounds like jargon, but all of these are actually materials that make up all the external plastics and trims on your vehicle. Because of the way these are manufactured, they generally contain colour additives within the actual piece, rather than having their shade sprayed or painted on. The nature of this craftsmanship means natural fading can occur, due to bleaching, and also from UV breaking down the surface layer.

Beyond this, peroxide gases are often emitted due to the manufacturing of these car parts, and as these are mixed with UV, they can also cause deterioration. 

How do I remove wax or polish residue with plastic cleaners?

Cleaning your car is important, but the hours of work spent tidying it up, polishing and waxing can lead to white stains from wax or polish. To combat this, it’s important to remove the residue, and then restore the area to its former glory. 

An all-purpose cleaner such as Auto Finesse VERSO is a great way to clean trims & plastics whilst getting rid of polish & wax residue. 

If you’re not sure how to remove residue completely, we also recommend the CarPro Eraser (Intensive Oil and Residue Remover). 

How can I get the darker colour back?

Clean, prepare and protect are the three steps you need to follow when you’re looking to use a trim restorer. As you clean and prepare the surface, make sure you clean off any physical dirt and enlist the help of a high-quality plastic cleaner (like those within our range). 

For example, the Scholl Concepts SPAM can work wonders, however something like Concours SNOW+ can also deliver exceptional results if thorough cleaning is not required.  

To restore this area effectively, our range includes a dressing from CarPro, known as PERL. This is a water-based silica dressing which works equally well on trim as tyres and engine plastics.

To access longer-term protection, we recommend utilising a coating such as CarPro’s Cquartz Dlux, which is purpose-designed or these parts of your vehicle. It’s also hydrophobic, detergent-resistant and has self-cleaning properties which will last up to 12 months.

External plastics & trim restorers and cleaners 

Are the external plastics and trim on your vehicle looking a little dull, chalky or faded? Have you forgotten if they are meant to be black or grey? Is there a white polish or waxy residue hanging around?

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