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Old 06-05-2018, 01:19 PM   #1
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Default Replacement Product for "Showroom New" Trim Dye?

Years ago I bought a product called "Showroom New" that was essentially a black or grey product that you could use to dye and restore automotive trim. It worked amazingly well and would stain the crap out of your hands, paint, etc. if you were sloppy with application. The rags you applied it with were also permanently black. It was great stuff.



Now I've run out of my little 4 oz bottle and it looks like this stuff has been out of production for some time...

I've done some research, but most of the reviews are mixed about whether or not the products are a "permanent" solution.

So, what do you folks recommend for a "permanent" black/grey trim restorer? I'm familiar with Back-to-Black, but that is a super temporary product. I'm hoping to find something I'll only have to touch up every few years.
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Old 06-05-2018, 01:51 PM   #2
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I haven't tried this method, but I have read about it online and it seems to work.


CN: Heatgun or clean transmission fluid should restore your plastic trim pieces, but you need to keep them protected to stop it from repeating.
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Old 06-05-2018, 03:05 PM   #3
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I haven't tried it personally but have seen good results from Solution Finish.
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Old 06-05-2018, 03:09 PM   #4
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Never used this myself but I've always had really good luck with Chemical Guys products.

And this looks like an easy mask-off and spray type of application.

https://www.chemicalguys.com/Black_o...ir_spray_1.htm
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Old 06-06-2018, 11:50 AM   #5
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Thanks for the suggestions, I'll have to look into these.

After looking into that Chemical Guys product, it sounds more like a Back to Black-type product than a permanent restoration. The word "dressing" is my clue there, but I could be missing something (running on 4 hours sleep...). I'm hoping to find something along the lines of a plastic dye.
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Old 06-14-2018, 04:23 PM   #6
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the BEST product to use to blacken any exterior plastic trim is Forever Black, which the VW community has been using for over 15 years...its a dye that actually dyes the trim black again, not just some product that makes the trim look black again until the product wears or washes off...
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Old 06-21-2018, 11:08 AM   #7
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If it's good enough for the VW crowd (and there are a metric ton of them around here), then it's good enough for my 30-year-old Subaru GL!
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Old 06-21-2018, 03:13 PM   #8
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'Black Trim Kote' and 'Gray Trim Kote'

https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&ke...ejn9vqz7_e_p38
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Old 08-28-2018, 05:29 PM   #9
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Ok, following up with my original post:

I ended up buying this bumper dye kit. It sure does the job, at least a week out from application.

I did notice that it didn't really look even until I got two or three coats on there, and even with the provided applicator, I didn't feel like the product was going on level. It leveled out as it dried, however.

I'm about a week and a half out from applying the dye, and it seems to be holding up just fine. I'll update this as I dye more parts and get more UV exposure.
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Old 03-20-2019, 05:00 PM   #10
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Nine months later and I'm not exactly thrilled with the longevity of the product I used. As the product ages it does look an awful lot like a paint versus a dye.

I will probably use up what I've still got, then pursue other alternatives.
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Old 03-25-2019, 03:11 AM   #11
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Default Restoring Trim

I am about to restore some extremely oxidized trim for a friend and have heard good things about Adams Polishes Black Trim Restorer. It is similar to the product in the first post in that it is a dye for plastic trim. I intend to dye the trim, allow it to cure the prescribed 6 hours, and then apply the ceramic trim coat to seal it all in. I'll take some photos and post them here.

I have had great results from various Adams products. Not the cheapest by far, but generally excellent products overall. Their detail spray is the bomb.
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Old 03-25-2019, 10:03 AM   #12
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CarPro Dlux works extremely well to bring back faded trim. I used some on an 06 Legacy and 98 Outback where the trim had been oxidized and gray instead of the dark gray or black as intended. Because it's a coating, it also lasts. I sold both vehicles about 2 years later and all the trim still looked amazing.
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Old 03-25-2019, 12:45 PM   #13
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CarPro Dlux works extremely... Because it's a coating...
Kind of trying to avoid "coatings." Looking for dyes. I'll give that Adam's product a look.
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Old 03-26-2019, 10:39 AM   #14
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I recall a similar discussion elsewhere...might have been a Porsche forum. Wurth Dye Plast seemed to have been the consensus for a professional quality product. Not sure if you can get it in the USA though. Might need to order from Europe.
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Old 03-26-2019, 12:09 PM   #15
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Yeah, you're right, that stuff is hard to come by. Amazon sellers won't ship to the U.S. and ebay is almost a quadruple markup, and still ships from Europe.

I'll still probably pick up a tube or two...
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Old 03-27-2019, 09:56 AM   #16
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I may end up there as well. My wife's Mini has a lot of graying black trim plastic. I was using Black Wow to recondition it, but that only lasts a couple months. I most recently purchased Polish Angel Black Bond to see if it lasts longer and protects better. For the money I would have been better off over-paying for the Wurth stuff form Europe...except I completely forgot about it until you bumped this .
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Old 03-27-2019, 11:46 AM   #17
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You want to split the purchase, save on some shipping? Best price I've found (that ships to the States) is on eBay...
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Thanks for the thread and replies guys...

I ended up getting an 18' Crosstrek and some cleaner I used stained all the plastic trim around the body with white crap I can't get off. Going to try some of these products.
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Old 06-04-2019, 04:03 PM   #19
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I picked up a couple tubes of the Wurth product. Will be applying it this week and will report back.
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Default Replacement Product for "Showroom New" Trim Dye?

If you can find this stuff, I promise youíll love it. A little bottle lasts a great long time.

From Hungary with love!

http://wolfs-chemicals.com/index.php...im_coat_150_ml
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Once I use up the Wurth dye I will check out the Wolf nano dressing, thanks for the tip!
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No problem. Good luck finding it, it can be difficult. Itís about $40 a bottle but it should last you quite a long time.
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Old 09-20-2019, 01:19 PM   #23
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No problem. Good luck finding it, it can be difficult. Itís about $40 a bottle but it should last you quite a long time.
The Wurth product was a Euro-only, similarly priced to the Wolf.
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The Wurth product was a Euro-only, similarly priced to the Wolf.
Still holding up after the initial dye ? How many months now ?
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Still holding up after the initial dye ? How many months now ?
I don't think I've even used it yet! Got motivated in the spring to detail all the things, then fell off over the summer as I got pulled in different directions. Once the shop is cleared out I'll pull in the bugeye and see how it performs.
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