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Protecting/Renewing black plastic trim

I've used several black plastic "restoring" products in the past that don't last very long. I mostly used Mother's back to black and just recently tried Meguiars natural shine protectant, but they don't last very long and usually come off when it rains. Has anyone tried something similar to restore and/or protect the exterior black plastic trim that lasts longer than a couple weeks?

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Will be following this post to see what others have used- I too have used Mothers- there has to be something that works-
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I've used several black plastic "restoring" products in the past that don't last very long. I mostly used Mother's back to black and just recently tried Meguiars natural shine protectant, but they don't last very long and usually come off when it rains. Has anyone tried something similar to restore and or protect the exterior black plastic trim lasts for than a couple weeks?
I use a product called "CQuartz DLUX" https://www.carpro-us.com/coatings-s...-30ml-sky-kit/ -- basically works as a hard coat sealant for your plastic trim, keeping it looking new and waterproof for 6 months or more at a time (like you would seal your paint but this is for plastic trim). In my personal experience, I've only redone the application once a year, with the trim staying black, looking like new, and beading water without wearing off... honestly I don't think I needed to redo my application when I did, but just did so because a year was up and I had time to do it one day. YMMV depending on how long your car sits in the burning sun each day. You might also consider Gtechnic C4 as a similar product. I highly recommend this and I'm confident you'll never use anything else after you try it. It does require proper surface prep and a slow deliberate installation process, but imo it's well worth the effort.
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Thanks Slippy. I'll check both of those out.


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I ended up going with the Cquartz Dlux after reading reviews and watching this video.
https://youtu.be/_jX01ntst0g

I put it on the hrv in March and on the crv in April. After a lot of rain and some really hot days, the plastic trim on both cars still looks great. Thanks again for the recommendation Slippy.
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Would spray paint like Rustoleum work as well/easier? I know they make a product for car outside plastic trim.

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I ended up going with the Cquartz Dlux after reading reviews and watching this video.
https://youtu.be/_jX01ntst0g

I put it on the hrv in March and on the crv in April. After a lot of rain and some really hot days, the plastic trim on both cars still looks great. Thanks again for the recommendation Slippy.
I've heard really good things about some CQuartz products. They have a sealant for paint and from what I've heard, it's an absolute pain in the ass to get done properly because you have to make sure your paint is 100% immaculate before applying it. And the application process is labor intensive too. But this stuff is supposed to last 1-2 years which is incredible.

I'll have to check out the Dlux too. I recently purchased a few new products my detailing friend told me to get because I want to make sure this car is properly maintained.

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Would spray paint like Rustoleum work as well/easier? I know they make a product for car outside plastic trim.
I don't think spray painting is easier. You risk spray painting other parts of the body unless you put a lot if time to cover up all the other areas. Using Cquartz is almost as easy as using armor all.
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I've heard really good things about some CQuartz products. They have a sealant for paint and from what I've heard, it's an absolute pain in the ass to get done properly because you have to make sure your paint is 100% immaculate before applying it. And the application process is labor intensive too. But this stuff is supposed to last 1-2 years which is incredible.

I'll have to check out the Dlux too. I recently purchased a few new products my detailing friend told me to get because I want to make sure this car is properly maintained.
I used Klasse paint sealant on the crv. It's supposed to last about a year. Applying it wasn't too hard either.
https://www.amazon.com/Klasse-High-G.../dp/B0002LBKFQ
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I ended up going with the Cquartz Dlux after reading reviews and watching this video.
https://youtu.be/_jX01ntst0g

I put it on the hrv in March and on the crv in April. After a lot of rain and some really hot days, the plastic trim on both cars still looks great. Thanks again for the recommendation Slippy.
Glad it worked out for you! It really makes maintaining all the black trim on this car much easier.
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