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Old 05-13-2011, 02:14 AM   #1
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Default No paint door trim restoration

I've seen a couple of people asking about how to renew they're door trim back to it's original color, and the common reply is "paint it." Though I may very well paint mine down the road, I figured I'd try something since I noticed I could make a visible mark just by dragging my fingernail across the surface. Yes, I did purchase "Back to Black," but I had applied it before, and it got sucked up immediately, and I could never seem to use enough to diminish the gray sun faded appearance.

So, since I noticed it could be scuffed off, that is, the dirt residue, car wash soap, whatever that unsightly crap was, I purchased just a plain pair of green brillow pads. That coupled with a roll of paper towels and my originally purchase "Back to Black," I was ready to tackle the project once again with better, longer lasting results.

Here's a picture of the driver's side with it's gross, gray, faded, door trim.

Basically, easy enough, I just began rubbing the brillow pad side to side, until I noticed that I was getting through the gunk, and actually removing it. I wasn't removing, or changing the texture of the door trim, which was nice, unlike sanding would've done. You can clearly notice the difference in the photo between the trim on the right and that on the left which was in progress.

Just continue down the door, until satisfied. Then, break out the paper towels, and whatever trim restore product you might buy, "Back to Black," "Forever Black," etc. and apply liberally. BLADDOW!!! You'll notice the nice original sheen pop out again, matching the color of the bumpers once again. Ah, much better.

For those that don't want to paint, give this a try. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
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