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Old 06-05-2018, 02:19 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, 02:51 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, 04:05 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, 04:09 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, 12:50 PM   #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, 05:23 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, 12:08 PM   #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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'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, 06:29 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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