How to properly protect exterior plastic

Exterior Plastics

and how to properly protect them

Exterior plastics are yet another aspect of a car’s exterior that can let the whole look down if not detailed properly, so it’s really important not to forget them. Whether you have super obvious bumpers front to back – think Mk2 Golf – or all-road esque arches, they will need a thorough clean and protection during your detail.

Exterior plastics are the most at risk. They’re exposed to damaging elements such as rain, road sand, grime, bird droppings, salt and tree sap, on a daily basis. Over time, those plastics can start to fade. It can also dry out and it can crack, which will then let in dust and grime particles – prevention is certainly better than cure in the case of plastics. You don’t want to have to buy a new bumper just because you neglected the old one.

That’s where we come in. Or more to the point, that’s where our star products such as Revive and Dressle come in.

A lot of protecting your plastics is in the cleaning.

Once you’ve washed your vehicle, clean all plastic trims using an exterior all-purpose cleaner, such as Auto Finesse Citrus Power. This will help to remove any old dressings you may have applied, as well as remove any grime or oils that weren’t removed at the wash stage. Removing this will mean you’ll get more staying power from the dressing that you next apply. Once you’re happy that the trims are clean, dry them with a microfibre drying towel or air-blower, removing as much moisture from the panel gaps as possible.

The next stage is to apply Auto Finesse Revive Trim Dressing. This specially-formulated trim dressing is silicone-based and helps to bring the life back into your exterior plastics, while being water resistant. Shake the bottle to wake up the ingredients, apply a small coin sized amount to a foam applicator and work into the plastic trim with moderate pressure. Make sure it’s spread evenly and wait 5-10 minutes to allow it to cure before buffing off with a clean microfibre towel.

We like to give it a final buffing – this evens out the finish and stops any excess product that’s not bonded properly from running off when it rains.

Revive is an exterior trim dressing and is also safe to use on rubber. Once applied, Revive’s advanced formula will help to protect plastic and rubber trim from future fading, with durability that exceeds conventional water-based dressings.

This is your plastics protected and revived back to life.

It’s important to remember not to scrub your plastic surfaces. And certainly, don’t use anything abrasive as this will stain or fade the plastics further and more quickly than normal. Avoid any products containing any acid-based solutions.

We also have another trim dressing in our range which can be used on engine bays, as well as exterior and interior plastic surfaces. Leaving a very natural sheen, Dressle’s UV inhibitors help to prevent interior surfaces from fading and contains no waxes, oils, or petroleum distillates. If applying to the engine bay, make sure the area is clean first then spray all over plastic components. Leave to dry for 4-6 hours. Once dry, wipe up any excess after this curing time and that’s it! If using on the inside of your car, apply 1-3 spritz of Dressle onto a microfibre applicator and wipe onto all plastic, vinyl and rubber surfaces. If you’re using it on the exterior trim of your vehicle, apply 2-3 spritz to a microfiber work towel, and work in to the surface, then leave to cure. If patching occurs add an additional coat.

If you have any questions at all about Revive or Dressle Trim Dressing, let us know at info@autofinesse.co.uk.

Products used in this article:

Revive

Dressle