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Old 01-27-2014, 07:13 AM   #1
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Cleaning these stock black plastics..argh!

So I have been going mudding lately, and have noticed that the OEM black plastic fenders/bumpers are beginning to look really nasty. It's almost like the mud and dirt have absorbed into/discolored the plastic. Is there a good way to get this residue off the plastics? I have tried scrubbing it with cloths and used high pressure water, but to no avail. The other day after going out, I immediately washed the Jeep, and ended up using some Black Magic tire wet on a portion of the bumper and noticed it made it look better, but I could still see the discoloration in the plastic underneath. It rained the other day and I was right back at square one.
Is this something I am pretty much S.O.L on with the OEM plastics, or is there a good way to clean this stuff? Guess I need to swap out the bumpers and fenders sooner than I expected. LOL.

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Old 01-27-2014, 07:15 AM   #2
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You can use something like back to black to try and restore it. If you had been using a product like Turtlewax Ice all along it wouldn't have happened.

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I have Ice, but wasn't too sure about using it on the plastics. I know it leaves no residue...does it work that well? It may not be too late...if so, I need to spend a little time with the toothbrush to get it clean then go with a coat of Ice..
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As far as cleaning it goes, I'm not sure what to tell you but once you get it cleaned, you need to protect it.

Protectants, like anything else, will have their share of followers - that being said, I've used this stuff for years on multiple vehicles and have never had an issue - 303® Aerospace Protectant 16oz.
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It works amazingly well to keep the plastic from fading and staining. However, since they are already stained you will need another product first.
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I use Armor All Tire Foam to bring back dirty looking plastic, works great. I even spray the fender wells.
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google BLACK WOW - better than any product mentioned above and will last months
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I use Armor All Tire Foam to bring back dirty looking plastic, works great. I even spray the fender wells.
Bad bad bad. Armorall makes it LOOK nice, but what it's actually doing is rotting your plastics, and once you use it once, it soaks in and there is nothing you can do to remove it.

Turtle wax ice is great, or even better, Vynilex.
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I have used Blue Magic for years on boats, cars and motorcycles. Thing about cleaning vinyl is you need to scrub it to get the dirt out of the texture. Wipe on cleaners only hide dirt and allows it to build up.
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I use Armor All Tire Foam to bring back dirty looking plastic, works great. I even spray the fender wells.
THIS. but i use turtle wax foaming tire cleaner and a good bristle brush then back to black
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Bad bad bad. Armorall makes it LOOK nice, but what it's actually doing is rotting your plastics, and once you use it once, it soaks in and there is nothing you can do to remove it.

Turtle wax ice is great, or even better, Vynilex.
the foaming gets the little pockets of crap our of the texture in the fenders. works great but i prefer the turtlewax foaming cleaner.
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You can use something like back to black to try and restore it. If you had been using a product like Turtlewax Ice all along it wouldn't have happened.
I use back to black to get it clean. Then I put on 303. (I buy it on amazon) I have been impressed with the 303 aerospace protectant,
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Turtle ice doesn't help the fenders.I've been using it for almost 3 years on mine. They still fade. I do have a new fending that's been only getting turtle ice product. Better test ibn that one.but I'm sure it'll fade.

Aerospace seems to be the number one choice of the majority on here for plastic. I haven't used it so I can't say anything about it.

But there are products out there that do being back the blackness back.some last a few months. Others say they Kaet for a year or more. I was going to try that one that says it's guarantee to lat for 2 years,I think it was called wipe new. But after reading the directions I said frak it, I'll wait! Lol!
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Turtle ice doesn't help the fenders.I've been using it for almost 3 years on mine. They still fade. I do have a new fending that's been only getting turtle ice product. Better test ibn that one.but I'm sure it'll fade.

Aerospace seems to be the number one choice of the majority on here for plastic. I haven't used it so I can't say anything about it.

But there are products out there that do being back the blackness back.some last a few months. Others say they Kaet for a year or more. I was going to try that one that says it's guarantee to lat for 2 years,I think it was called wipe new. But after reading the directions I said frak it, I'll wait! Lol!
You have to reapply. Its a treatment just like car wax. No product lasts forever, including vynilex and 303.
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I use simple green with a brush to get rid of the staining,then Vynilex to keep it black.
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Black Magic Bleche White to clean
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You have to reapply. Its a treatment just like car wax. No product lasts forever, including vynilex and 303.
Exactly. I use the 303 about every other month. Mud is the worst. I try to clean it within a day or two. Even just plain old road grime sticks to the fenders. If I use soap & water with a good brush, the stains just remain. Like I posted above, I use Back to Black first, and then 303. Good luck!
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Exactly. I use the 303 about every other month. Mud is the worst. I try to clean it within a day or two. Even just plain old road grime sticks to the fenders. If I use soap & water with a good brush, the stains just remain. Like I posted above, I use Back to Black first, and then 303. Good luck!
If I know Im going to see mud, I soak the piss out my plastic with vynilex. If applied heavily, nothing penetrates it and everything washes right off. I prefer vynilex to 303 for the sole reason it's easier/cheaper to get. I buy it by the gallon and it lasts me forever.
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I use simple green with a brush to get rid of the staining,then Vynilex to keep it black.
Simple Green at full strength worked for me as well. Going to need some elbow grease though to scrub it out.
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Simple Green at full strength worked for me as well. Going to need some elbow grease though to scrub it out.
BE careful when "scrubbing" plastic. If you do it often enough, you will "polish" the plastic, and you'll have shiny spots, which stand out like a sore thumb.
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If I know Im going to see mud, I soak the piss out my plastic with vynilex. If applied heavily, nothing penetrates it and everything washes right off. I prefer vynilex to 303 for the sole reason it's easier/cheaper to get. I buy it by the gallon and it lasts me forever.
I will try this. Thanks for sharing. Funny, I had not heard of vynilex until this thread. About 20 months ago when I posted the same question as the OP, no one metioned vynilex. It's going in my shopping cart. ( I am always trying neww cleaners.)
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If I know Im going to see mud, I soak the piss out my plastic with vynilex. If applied heavily, nothing penetrates it and everything washes right off. I prefer vynilex to 303 for the sole reason it's easier/cheaper to get. I buy it by the gallon and it lasts me forever.
This is always a great idea to pre treat plastic fenders before hitting muddy trails.
I use a mineral oil based multi surface conditioner before wheeling. Wash it off afterward with dawn dish washing detergent and then finish it off with back to black. Mud and dirt comes off easily.
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I've been using turtle wax "trim restore" for several months now and it seems to do very well with taking out stains/oxidization and the mud/dirt comes off easily.
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Use a medium bristle brush with a degreaser and your good to go on getting rid of the stains. As far as protecting there are plenty of products but this one Ultima Tire & Trim Guard Plus, tire & trim protectant, tire dressing, rubber protectant is what I use. Cleaned using the method i mentioned before and coated with that product heres the results i get every time on plastic.

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What ever you use to protect it and keep it looking black. BUT first make sure it's clean before you put anything on. If you use protector over the dirt your screwed it will never look right.
I scrub mine with Castro Super Clean and a scrub brush then I use 303 or Pig Spit
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All excellent techniques. Thanks everyone. Detailguy, thanks for the pictures. I'll try the degreaser route.
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All excellent techniques. Thanks everyone. Detailguy, thanks for the pictures. I'll try the degreaser route.
No problem buddy, I own my own business detailing cars so my two cents are worth a little bit
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There are specific plastic cleaners that will help w/pre cleaning, Plexus, Sprayway, Castle, etc.
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Pressure wash then Back to Black a couple of coats perfect !!!

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