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Cleaning/protecting black plastic fenders

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by klong91, Mar 30, 2020.

  1. Mar 30, 2020 at 8:55 AM
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    klong91

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    Just a quick question. We all know that those black plastic fenders on the O/R Are a bitch to keep clean, and once they’re scratched it’s permanent. I have little scratches barely noticeable from just daily driving. It is what it is. My truck is a 2019 and being a year old I want to clean the black Plastic but also do something to protect it from fading from the sun going forward.

    Is mother’s back to black a good product for prevention? or is it only good for the short term?

    In addition to the fenders it would
    Be nice to do the step on the bumper but not a huge deal.

    Recommendations?
     
  2. Mar 30, 2020 at 9:02 AM
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    OMGitsme

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    dal3_gribble

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    I'll just make a public service announcement, under no circumstances use this shit. It streaks, it has a shitty finish and it will NOT come off. This shit is almost like a spray paint and I don't think Meguiar's represents it correctly. Now my fender flares look terrible and I've tried everything just to get them back to stock and I can't. I just have to wait for it to eventually come off.

    [​IMG]
     
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    RatAssassin

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    Boltripper

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    E.T.

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    I use 303 on my tires, interior and exterior plastic and softopper. It works well
     
  8. Mar 30, 2020 at 9:23 AM
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    POS VETT

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    I use Chemical Guys V07 which is meant for paint, but it works just fine for bare textured plastic; for sun-faded plastic, soak uniformly and let dry. This thing is borderline magical and, of course, it works wonderfully for painted surfaces. Hint - try it on anything including glass and chrome-plated surfaces.
     
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    MFTAF13

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    I used to use 303 for everything. Now only use it for interior. It tends to wash off and streak for exterior applications. I asked a detailer about exterior applications and he recommended DUB tire shine, developed by Meguiers. Best stuff I've found for exterior plastics and rubber trim. It lasts for months without fade and doesn't run or streak.
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/DUB-Orange-Crush-Wet-Black-Tire-Shine-17-oz-Can/33080656
     
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    Skydvrr

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    Works well as a glass cleaner. I was super surprised
     
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    electricdgm

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    I have always used Rust-Oleum Wipe New for my plastics. This product lasts for months (Use the gloves they give you).
     
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    Clearwater Bill

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    I gave up on 303 long ago.

    Exterior plastics get this

    [​IMG]
    Interior get this



    [​IMG]

    Pro tip @klong91 , our detailing forum is pretty good. Check it out. Especially since detailing is not 3rd gen specific.
     
  14. Mar 30, 2020 at 10:03 AM
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    I’ve been using meguiars 39 and 40 for my plastic and rubber. I like the finish result (doesn’t look like you applied lip stick to a pig). 1 is a heavy duty cleaner which works good to remove overspray and the other is a cleaner/protector
     
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    Jlp468

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    I just plastidipped mine. They don’t scratch or scuff as easily and clean up really well
     
  17. Mar 30, 2020 at 5:53 PM
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    TruckGuy63

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    I like aerospace 303 protectant. It drys to a Matt finish and looks nice. But everyone has their favorites
     
  18. Mar 30, 2020 at 7:42 PM
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    MystiqueTaco

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    clayota

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    I've been happy with Wolfgang's trim sealant
     
  20. Mar 31, 2020 at 5:46 PM
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    Evomike1

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    another vote for 303. It's sun protection from NASA... The only thing about 303 is you have to use it after most washes. It is not a restorer of plastics.
     
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