I own a 2006 Elise and one of the black fns on the top of the hood is fading. Any suggestions on how to restore the black color without replacing it?
I learned not to use Armorall products years ago. They do shine up the rubber/plastic, but they don't "treat" the material properly. If you quit using Armorall, then things quickly degrade to worse shape then before you used it in the first place.Why not try Armorall. The same stuff used for tires seems to liven up plastic trim.
I've had the same problem on the passenger side fins above the radiator - to the point where it's almost white. I've used Mother's Back to Black and the next morning its almost white again. The wierd thing is that this is the only plastic piece on the car that's doing that. All of the other bits stay nice and black - especially after using the Back to Black.
I'm seriously considering changing everything out for mesh anyway, since I think it looks better, but this situation is just making the decision that much easier.
+1.I learned not to use Armorall products years ago. They do shine up the rubber/plastic, but they don't "treat" the material properly. If you quit using Armorall, then things quickly degrade to worse shape then before you used it in the first place.
Products like Stoners, Mothers, and Mequiars tend to have chemicals that are absorbed into the plastic/rubber and help revitalize the material, restoring it;s original properties. Armorall is mostly a coating that degrades the original material.
Of course, this is just my experience, your's might be different. :shrug:
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I went online and purchased it because I couldn't find it at any autozone etc. Anyway, I bought a box set of their products and am really, really, impressed. Spray the black and it looks like brand new black plastics. One of the first car "treatment" products that really delivered impressive results. I lightly spray all the exterior plastics, even the wheel wells too. Then, make my way around the car again, lightly wiping away any excess residue. Absolutely great, and a huge time saver.
Stoners Invisible Glass also gets a nod.