Restoring Faded Pelican Cases?

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  1. Lucky_Devil

    Lucky_Devil Master Lurker

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    I have Pelican cases for luggage on my KLR (top and sides), and they've all faded to a chalky gray.

    Anyone have any experience, or tips, on how to get them black again? I tried searching the forum, but apparently it couldn't handle the term "restore faded pelican"

    Hesitant to use something like Amour All, as I don't want them to be shiny and greasy... just black again.

    Thanks in advance!
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  2. lilolita

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  3. Lucky_Devil

    Lucky_Devil Master Lurker

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    I've used that stuff before, and it has a sheen to it...

    I might have to get over my aversion to having them be shiny.
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    tried aerospave protectant 303?
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  5. Lucky_Devil

    Lucky_Devil Master Lurker

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    Have not... never heard of it!

    Thanks for the tip, I'll check it out.
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  6. tiger seven

    tiger seven Been here awhile

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    You might try peanut oil. I know it works well on restoring the color to a lot of faded black plastic parts (like on '60s and '70s Japanese motorcycles) and it may work on a Pelican.

    Derek
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    Creation Been here awhile

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    Heat gun works for me
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    dfwscotty Long timer

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    Ditto on the heat gun. It works for faded KLR fenders and jeep wrangler fender flares. Start far away at first!

    Don't laugh, I have a couple of black trim pieces on my '99 GS that had faded. I used the black shoe polish that has the dauber on the end. Wasn't perfect but it was blacker.
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  9. Derangedrover

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    :earMight want to try just wd40 works pretty good at keeping mine clean
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  11. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    What's happening is the top surface of the case is breaking down from UV damage.
    All the back to black, shoe polish, black paint. Those just dress up the case with a covering some lasts a little longer then others. But after a while the grey chalky finish will come back.

    Pop open the case and look inside there should be a calender and a material mark, it will say something like PPO or HDPE or PET, or it might have the recycling arrows with a number in the middle. (I think those cases are Polypropylene,)


    If you use oils, then it will be near to impossible to paint the case later on, and they still will not stay black as the oil dries up.

    I'd try a heat gun or a propane torch with a very wide fan tip, Lightly go over the surface just until it flashes.
    You might be able to burnish the warm case with a smooth tool, like the back of a spoon.

    If this doesn't work then you still have the option of painting the case. I had decent luck painting a very chalky Givi bag
    I just used a standard Rustolom semi flat black, no fusion no primer none of that. I just cleaned the case well with dawn dish soap then water then a red scotch bright pad to give the paint a little tooth.

    That was five years ago and the paint is just now starting to wear off. But that case was ABS, Polypro doesn't so much like paint to stick, but if you flame treat it, (see above) and then paint it right after that you have a little more luck getting paint to stick
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    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    Hurculiner ! :clap
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  13. Woodcock

    Woodcock Been here awhile

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    Satin black paint, did mine. 5 years ago still looking good
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    Use this stuff -- http://www.trimshine.com/ -- I used it on the plastic trim of my truck that is red interior and the trim had faded to chalky white. Its now 6 months later and its still nice dark red like it was off the factory floor.
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    303 is good stuff. It is water based, so it is very safe.
    But, it is water based. It washes off in the rain.
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    A good coat of leather dye. Turns the plastic an ugly purplish color. Apply paste shoe polish, let dry well and buff. Works for me, I have intentionally defaced black plastics if just to learn cheep and easy refinishing under the shade trees.

    And then applied the processes to my bike.:D
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    Thanks -- I learned something today.

    Time for a nap.
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  19. JCANRUN

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    Probably a dumb question, but would fading be covered by the lifetime warranty?

    EDIT: Just looked up on the Pelican site, it says "Pelican Products, Inc. guarantees its products for a lifetime against breakage or defects in workmanship."

    I'm not sure fading would be considered a defect in workmanship, more than likely, it is just normal wear and tear. But, it might be worth a phone call just to find out for sure.
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  20. Lucky_Devil

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    I went ahead and picked up some of the "Forever Black" Bumper & Trim product. Just wanted to update everyone on the results... which were outstanding. I got exactly what I was looking for, Pelican cases that were black again without being shiny or greasy. I ended up using a cheapie .99c paint brush instead of the foam tip applicator so I could get into all of the nooks and crannies better.

    Thanks for all of the tips and suggestions everyone :freaky

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