This article will go over how to restore faded vehicle plastic trim. Dull trim can make a car appear old and worn out, but you can bring it back to life with the right techniques and products. We’ll use a trim paint from Shine Supply that is specifically designed for this purpose and offers a more permanent solution than a dressing or coating.
Assessing the Trim
Before beginning the restoration process, it is critical to inspect the trim. In this example, the trim is “horribly faded.” If the trim is severely faded, a trim paint like the one we’re using might be your best bet. However, other products on the market can effectively restore faded trim, such as ceramic coatings or trim restoration solutions.
Using Trim Paint
This trim paint has a high viscosity and is intended to restore faded trim. It is available in black and gray; in this instance, black is used. To avoid leaving heavy spots or blotches, apply the paint with an applicator or a brush and work quickly and evenly. To achieve a smooth and even finish, apply the paint in one direction, avoiding circular motions.
Taping off the trim protects the surrounding areas and prevents the paint from getting on the clear coat. This will make the application process easier and prevent unwanted paint transfer. Taping becomes particularly important when using this because it can be difficult to remove if it accidentally gets on the clear coat.
Applying the Paint
Apply the trim paint with an applicator or a brush. The video shows both methods. The applicator spreads the paint evenly while the brush gets the paint into the texture of the trim. Brushing provides better control and a more even finish. Make sure to work the paint into the grain of the trim and apply it evenly.
Multiple coats of paint may be required to achieve the desired result, depending on the condition of the trim. The trim gets two coats of paint in the video. It is critical to allow each coat to dry before applying the next. This may take some time, so be patient.
Peeling the Tape and the Final Results
After the paint has dried, the tape can be peeled away to reveal the finished product. The trim should appear restored and no longer faded. However, due to the condition of the plastic, some patchiness or defects may still be visible. This is expected because the paint cannot completely remove all imperfections in the trim.
It is recommended to charge a premium for this service because it is a specialized and semi-permanent solution. Setting prices per service rather than per hour is a common approach because it considers the value of the restoration and the expertise needed to achieve the desired results. It is essential to consider how long it will take to complete the job and factor that into the pricing.
Restoring faded plastic trim on vehicles can significantly improve the vehicle’s overall appearance. Compared to just a dressing or coating, using a trim paint designed specifically for this purpose, such as Shine Supply Trim Paint, provides a more permanent solution. You can achieve a restored and refreshed look for the trim by assessing its condition, taping off the surrounding areas, and applying the paint evenly. Also, remember that pricing strategies are important considerations when providing this service.
If you want to try out the trim paint used in the video, click on the links below for more information and to buy it. Remember to use the code Miranda10 to receive a 10% discount on your purchase. Experiment with different applicators and techniques to see what works best for you, and have fun restoring faded trim to its former glory.
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Shine Supply Trim Paint.
Work Stuff brushes.
Vonixx Synergy Paint:
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Vonixx Blend Spray Sealant.
Gyeon Fabric Cleaner.