Faded plastic trim on a car can be an eyesore. Over time, exposure to the sun's UV rays, harsh weather conditions, and environmental contaminants can cause plastic trim pieces to lose their luster and turn a dull, grayish color. Fortunately, with the right techniques and products like GOAT Coat™ Ceramic Coating Spray, you can breathe new life into your car's plastic trim and protect it from future damage.
Understanding the Problem: Why Plastic Trim Fades
Before diving into restoration techniques, it's essential to understand why plastic trim fades. UV radiation is a significant factor; it breaks down the polymers in the plastic, causing it to lose its color and become brittle. Additionally, pollutants in the air and moisture can accelerate this process. Here's how you can restore your faded plastic trim:
1. Thorough Cleaning:
Start by thoroughly cleaning the plastic trim to remove dirt, grime, and any contaminants that may have adhered to the surface. Use a plastic-safe cleaner or a mild detergent diluted in water. A soft brush or microfiber cloth can be used to scrub away stubborn residues.
2. Preparing the Surface:
After cleaning, use a plastic surface preparation product to remove any remaining oxidation, wax, or silicone-based products. This step is crucial as it ensures that the plastic is entirely clean and ready to absorb the rejuvenating treatment.
3. Restoration with GOAT Coat™:
Now comes the magic step – applying GOAT Coat™ Ceramic Coating Spray. This high-quality product not only provides protection but also restores the original luster of your plastic trim. Here's how to do it:
- Shake the GOAT Coat™ bottle well to ensure even distribution of the product.
- Apply a small amount of GOAT Coat™ to an applicator pad or a microfiber cloth.
- Gently rub the product onto the faded plastic trim in a back-and-forth motion. Ensure that you cover the entire surface evenly.
- Allow the product to dry for a few minutes. You'll notice that it forms a protective layer on the plastic.
- Buff the surface with a clean, dry microfiber cloth to reveal the restored, glossy finish.
4. Regular Maintenance:
To maintain the restored appearance of your plastic trim, it's essential to follow a regular maintenance routine. GOAT Coat™ helps protect the plastic from further UV damage and environmental contaminants, but periodic touch-ups can keep it looking its best.
5. Additional Protection:
For extended protection, consider applying a second coat of GOAT Coat™ after the first one has fully cured. This will enhance the durability and longevity of the restoration.
6. Avoid Harsh Cleaners:
After restoring your plastic trim, avoid using harsh chemical cleaners or abrasive tools when cleaning. Stick to gentle, plastic-safe cleaners to prevent damage.
Restoring faded plastic trim not only improves the overall aesthetics of your car but also helps protect the plastic from further damage. GOAT Coat™ Ceramic Coating Spray makes the process straightforward, providing a lasting solution to faded plastic trim woes. With proper care and maintenance, your car's plastic trim can maintain its renewed luster for years to come, enhancing the overall appeal of your vehicle.