What to do to Faded Plastics ?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by bembe, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. bembe

    bembe Adventurer

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    Good morning.

    Any suggestions as to a PROVEN product to use on Faded Plastics ?

    I have a number of perfect fenders and panels that could be brought back
    to SHINE with a proven product out on the market.

    Any suggestions ?

    Thank you, TOMAS.
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  2. endlesshydro

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  4. Rd650

    Rd650 Been here awhile

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    Heat gun
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  5. Hastelloy-X

    Hastelloy-X Been here awhile

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    ^^^^^
    Like he said; heat gun.
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  6. heirhead

    heirhead Been here awhile

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    303 aerospace protectant. Similar to ArmorAll but WAY better.
    Sure makes an old kayak look like new.

    Heirhead
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  8. AllenL

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    I second the 303 aerospace protectant. Its awesome on any plastic that is going to spend some time out in the sun.
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  9. kubiak

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    i like to sand the plastic to get to the good color then clearcoat.
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  10. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    May depend how much faded. Holy cripes do I have something here to practice on.25 years of fading.:eek1 And have already practiced but not with 303, looked a couple weeks back and price was a little rich for me. Maybe next time....! But sure tried the others....Armor All, Mothers etc....etc nothing worked.

    In the meantime I tried another trick I may just have learned here. Brake fluid.:huh Now that's DOT4. Apparently the DOT5 is better for that, has sillicone in it but again local price was a little too much if just for practices.Maybe next time....!

    Anyway you can see where I removed the Honda decal and then tried Dot4 under. May need a little wetsanding at the appropriate grit(s) lubed with brake fluid. This is just a quick buffing with a dirty rag and older brake fluid. Been like that for over a year so seems to work. Maybe someday I'll finish it, that is put more than 5 minutes of efforts into it.:wink:

    Sure doesn't look like the Glycol ate the plastics. Never tought it would but......I have another tank for that bike.

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  11. chollo9

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    Details on heat gun, please. Or is it obvious? The color just comes back?
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  12. bk brkr baker

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    I tried the heat gun thing on my faded '92 KLR blue plastic. No luck on the first go round. I then went after it with Soft Scrub followed by wax and it worked somewhat.
    Forward 2-3 years down the line and the fade is back. Soft-scrub just didn't seem to be getting it now.
    So out comes the heat gun and more determination and ta-da ! This time I got results.
    What I did was work on a small area with the gun on low , never stop moving the flow, but stay in a small area until you see the surface change. The oils will rise to the top and shine then keep moving the gun to spread this effect over the whole area.It takes about 20-25 minutes to do a front fender.
    As the plastic cools some of the shine goes away but, you can get most of it back with a good waxing.
    The next time I went riding with my usual crew a couple of them asked if I'd gotten new plastic.The treatment is still holding up after a year.
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  13. chollo9

    chollo9 Screwed the Pooch

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    Good deal. Thanks.
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  15. simmersonwheels

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    I've been reconditioning bikes for years, worth cockpit silicone is a miracle on any black plastic. Faded signals, instruments, trim etc, maes it literally like new
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  16. kruzuki

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    Brake fluid works and looks good for about a day. That's why all the used car lots use it.
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  17. H96669

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    Wurth? hard to find in BC and some of their products aren't even available in Canada. Mind you I saw a Wurth rep driving in Kelowna last year, couldn't turn around and chase him for ahum.....infos and catalogues.:ear

    Yeah I know, all that stuff is online but if available in Courtenay well, our C/O Dustin would hand deliver to me.:wink:

    I'll go put brake fluid on my test saddlebag, can't be worse than everything else I have done to it and I can still make it look like new with more than a few products or techniques. The brake fluid I put on my XR sure has worked for quite a while. Too bad we did not know about that back then.....I may have been tasked to do that.:lol3But would have been DOT3, much stinkier than DOT4.:puke1 We just used pure silicone in the 70's, must have been even before ArmorAll and all them other consumer potions.:wink:

    DOT 5 is silicone based....no car lots around here to ask.:D
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  18. Terry

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    I see a Wurth NON-silicon (carnuba) Cockpit Care Spray or a Wurth Vinyl and Rubber Care with Silicone. Which is it?

    http://www.stableenergies.com/Wurth/products/267/
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    DOT 5 Silicone brake fluid. I did my pink KLR last summer, only to find out that it is actually red. And it's still red.
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  20. Aprilia

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    Heat gun...as previously described you heat a small area keeping the tip moving till the plastic just glasses over. Let it cool for a moment then hit it with terry towel and polishing compound for a quick buff before moving on. This is my KLR after I scubbed it repeatedly. It had been left outside for 12yrs in Az desert sun.

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    After heat gun treatment....

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