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post #11 of 29 (permalink) Old 08-02-2015, 09:02 AM
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A friendly word of warning; be careful what you use to clean the black plastic trim as some solvent based products will damage it. Tar is a tricky one as some tar and bug removers that you would normally use on paint will turn the black to cloudy white.
Definitely. I sprayed some brake clean in my lower grille, and it turned to a mottled white. Had to tape off and paint the entire honeycomb grille section.

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post #12 of 29 (permalink) Old 12-11-2015, 02:59 PM
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I used 303 Protectant on the black plastic trim. Also works well on the black hood decal on the TH. Also used it on all the interior plastics/trim.
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I used 303 Protectant on the black plastic trim. Also works well on the black hood decal on the TH. Also used it on all the interior plastics/trim.
Ditto. It works great. Keeps it looking fresh

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Anyone use the 303 Fabric Guard on the seats/carpet/headliner?

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post #15 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-16-2016, 11:41 PM
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Adams polishes Super VRT works great on the trim as well.

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post #16 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-17-2016, 10:42 AM
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problem with the plastic, is over time the oils will come out, and leave the plastic dried out. This then allows water dirt and other things to work themselves into the plastic and stain. I've personally put some vaseline on the plastic parts in the hot summer and it reconditions the plastic basically back to new. Same thing on the window moldings and such to prevent them from drying out and cracking.

Mothers back to black works well.
Turtle Shell Jet black trim coating is another highly recommended cleaner, though i've never personally used it yet. I just got a bottle the other day to try out.

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Been using Autohaus tyre shine for those parts. It provides that oem smooth black finish. And whats good with it is that its not a dust magnet.
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Don't laugh (or do laugh ) but I used peanut butter on the black plastic on my old M3 and it really revived the faded black to almost original. I read it somewhere and literally rolled on the floor laughing the first time round.. until I had a bored moment and gave it a go... surprisingly it worked! Something about the oils in the butter that bring life back to faded black plastic.

Haven't tried on the KL but it's also new and doesn't exactly needs "re-storing to new"

Article about the peanut butter hocus pocus if anyone fancies a quick read. (not the original one I read before I tried it)

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Another good product you can use on all your plastic trim - exterior and interior - is 303 Protectant.
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My first Cherokee was a 2000 Sport that had the black plastic trim and tried many things until they finally faded to gray. I finally used 'Back to Black' to try and restore them and that worked fairly well, but I was determined to not continue to use the same old products that helped cause the problem in the first place.

I found out that using products with petroleum distillates was the root of the issue - on plastic, rubber, vinyl, etc., since they dried out and actually attracted dust and dirt. Sure, they looked great when first applied, but when the tire sidewalls started turning brown after driving in a rainstorm, I knew that there must be something better.

That turned out to be what others here have hit on - 303 Aerospace Protectant. I use it on tires, exterior plastic trim, wiper arms, roof rack, interior dash, vinyl, leather and door seals. It isn't a dust magnet and it won't dry out.

I took everything that I learned in the 15 years that I had the Cherokee Sport and applied it to my 2015 Trailhawk: using 303 on the things I've listed, along with Detailer's Pro Series Trim Detailer's spray (on the tires, periodically) and DP Paint Coating instead of wax (I've had it with wax coming off way too easy). Also, I decided no more automatic car washes and using wand washes only to get salt and mud off.

I've had the TH since last April and it looks great. Hope this helps.
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