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Old 06-17-2020, 06:15 AM   #1
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Mothers Back to Black

Many of us with older Interstates have a rubber or vinyl or whatever strip across the front of our rigs, just above the window.

While my first Interstate never developed this problem, this rig Iíve had two years which lived in Arizona has this year developed white blotches across this strip.

I suspect it had been treated when it was for sale, and that has worn off, so bought some of this product, have put a couple of coats on this area and it looks almost as good as new.

I didnít get ďbeforeĒ pictures, but will get an ďafterĒ when I am done with it.

I believe putting a coat of this on this area every year would act like an ArmorAll product in protecting and brightening.

Iím going to add it to my dewinterization checklist.
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Old 06-17-2020, 07:17 AM   #2
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I just used that yesterday on our 8 year old Mini. It works great and makes all the trim look brand new.
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Old 06-17-2020, 07:24 AM   #3
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Awesome product! works on all rubber and plastic parts that fade or discolor in the sun. Great tip!
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Old 06-17-2020, 07:25 AM   #4
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I’ve got a couple of coats on the strip on mine, and think it will take at least one more before it suits me, but the blotchy white patches the size of grapefruits are almost undetectable.

I’ll take it.

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Old 06-17-2020, 06:19 PM   #5
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I have used Back to Black for years. A similar product that works equally well is Meguires Trim Detailer. I don't think you can go wrong with any product from either of these companies
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Old 06-18-2020, 06:26 AM   #6
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I have tried a product like that, but not that brand, and had results that were worse than using nothing at all. (As I sit here, I cannot remember the brand I used).

What happens is that the wax / plastic component of the product penetrates very well and plugs the voids that have developed from age-related degradation in the trim.

But then the pigment that is carried IN that wax degenerates when exposed to UV radiation.

The result is that I'm left with essentially sealed trim into which no additional product can penetrate effectively due to the continued presence of the original wax, but no pigment. The trim looks worse than it did to start with.
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Old 06-18-2020, 06:51 PM   #7
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I use Meguiars on my convertible that has a lot of rubber trim and came from Texas and it works well. I believe these are silicone based products so just keep in mind if you need to have anything repainted on your rig, it might cause a reaction with the clear coat as it dries.
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Old 09-28-2020, 09:20 AM   #8
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I am overdue for reporting back on the success of this product on the sun damaged decorative vinyl strip above my windshield.

I am convinced this area had experienced severe sun damage and that, in preparation for sale 2 1/2 years or so ago, it was painted.

The painting or whatever treatment it was given then simply wore off.

This product looked beautiful with a couple of coats on, which then wore quickly off after a few washings.

The Back to Black worked very well on simply faded black vinyl.

This whole strip has large, whiteish, kind of textured blotches on it, and a helpful manager at an Auto Zone or some such place last week suggested these products if I don’t want to have the strip removed and repainted or replaced.

Which I don’t, but it is too visually disturbing to just leave it as is.

He said to sand lightly, then clean with the Prep product before painting.

Taping everything off carefully, of course, and which will require some help from my sweet son...who is about 10” taller than me, and with much longer arms.

So, going to try this, and if anyone has a better suggestion I’d love to hear it.

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Old 09-30-2020, 01:24 PM   #9
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This is what Iím dealing with.

Found a small Autobody place not far from me who will take the product I bought and sand, prep and paint this for me at a very nominal cost, so am turning it over to them.

Iíll let ya know how it turns out.

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Matt McGuire of Alternative Autobody in Normal sanded this area down with 320 grit Scotch Brite, cleaned it and applied 4 coats of the Dupli Color Trim & Bumper Paint.

Money well spent, and it will hopefully hold for at least a couple of years.
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Looks really great. Good choice.
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Old 10-01-2020, 10:57 AM   #12
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Thanks.

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Nicely done!

I wish the trim and bumper paint came in silver so I could try it on my faded plastic side trim panels!
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Nicely done!

I wish the trim and bumper paint came in silver so I could try it on my faded plastic side trim panels!
Yes, that would be very nice indeed. I can already see with our 2016 unit that over time this will likely become an issue of concern.
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Old 10-01-2020, 01:31 PM   #15
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You might take a look at Rustoleums “Universal Silver”, which matches the silver of our Interstates extremely well.

I am using their little touch up paint on rock chips, and have filled/covered a couple of large-ish paint chips on my hood.

It looks pretty darned good, and prevents things from worsening and rusting.

I try to a couple of times a year treat all the black vinyl outside bits with Armor All or the Back to Black, which makes them look much better and seems to stave off fading.

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