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how to "renew" old faded black plastic/rubber trim?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by bobwilson1977, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. bobwilson1977

    bobwilson1977 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    The front bumper skirt ( the black plastic piece under the bumper) and the trim on top of the window sills look like crap. If I soak the bumper skirt with Armourall or some other stuff it looks fine until I clean it, then it looks like crap again. The window sills are worse: the rubber has dry rotted to the point where some of the metal underneath is showing. I was thinking that maybe I could paint the bumper, but then again, that might cause a whole new problem. The sills I think are going to need replacement if anything because they appear to be too far gone. Suggestions?
     
  2. Janster

    Janster Old & Forgetful

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    Paint soundes like a good idea - or replace the bumper skirt completely.

    I wonder if a skirt off an 01-04 truck would be a bolt-on? Try junkyards or ebay for a used one?

    I'd say you're pretty luck to have a 13 year old truck that hasn't been plaqued by the frame rust warrantee thing.
     
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    I have painted trim pieces like that with pretty good success, just be careful if you have armour all'd it...you need to remove all the silicon before painting or you will end up with fisheyes.
     
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    on my 97 i used multi purpose silicone when i detailed and it kept the plastic shiny longer and seemed to help protect it.
     
  5. Brunes

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    Maquires Back to Black. It's like a grease for trim...It'll do the trick for most problems. If there are sports that are dry-rotted thru then you'll have to replace or re-coat them.

    Line-X maybe??
     
  6. bobwilson1977

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    I don't think the frame problem happens frequently unless you live where it snows a lot. I grew up in TN ( very little snow) and now live in Cali ( no snow where I live now) So the frame has seen very little salt, and even now looks brand-new. I don't ever intend to live somewhere that gets cold, so hopefully it won't be an issue. I do know that we inherited a 2002 Prius from my Wife's Dad who lived in PA, and even though it was a newer car, the underside of that thing looked like it was 20 years old. So its pretty clear that snowy areas eat cars and trucks a lot quicker.
     
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    x2 i had the same problem and was going to paint mine but a buddy told me to try this http://www.autogeek.net/motbactrimca.html works great :thumbsup:
     
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    Yup....I had the maguires stuff-but I'm sure that all of them are the same product. I detailed my wifes CR-V a whlie back..and it had all faded to grey. Two bottles later...It was all glistening black.

    Totally worth it- But like i said- If you've got dry rot....Might not be workable.....
     
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    LOOK HERE!!! 02 TRD xtra cab v6 4x4 white
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    Black Shoe polish, if you think im BS check out the VDub guys they use it all the time.
    use the kiwi black polish with a sponge tip, do like 3 or four coats, and then just refresh it every 6 months or so.
    i takes a lil work to make it not look streaky but one you do it last forever and waster doesnt wash it away.
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    the day i got my Dub check out the bumper.

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    after 2-3 coats of shoe polish

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    here it is on my Coma
     
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    That looks great man
     
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    Believe it or not this works, I did it to my Subaru mini 4X4. All the white crap is oxidation. CAREFULLY hit it with a propane torch and it burns away. You should shield the lens covers as they melt easily.
     
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    wildjerseyfirefighter I sell fishing and fishing accessories

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    i detailed my dads 02 a while back and used some spray on tire shine. Worked great for about 3 days untill it snowed. Couldnt get enough time to see how long it lasts.
     
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    Choco Taco Sprayin' Paint like Its my Job

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    I vote for the paint!!


    But I happen to be a painter :D
     
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    I was thinking about Line-Xing mine.
     
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