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Old 07-17-2012, 07:25 PM
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There is this stuff, Black Wow. It does a very good job on blacking trim out and it lasts a great amount of time. Use this in conjunction with Pre-WOW and it lasted on my E53 for about 3 months before needing another application. I bought this stuff a few months back when ordering all my supplies for the season (Sonax Full Effects, Adams Cleaner, Aquartz Iron Cut, etc...) Well, I saw this stuff and started doing some research. The before and after looked pretty good and reviewers said it lasted a long time, which was important to me because it was a pain using the Back to Black after EVERY WASHING. So like you I took the plunge and ya know what??? It actually worked. I have applied it 2 times so far... February and last week. When it wears, only the severely worn areas start to show a hint of lightness. Most would think it is a reflection. Best part is, it is in a Matte finish. Not Gloss, so it looks factory.

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Old 07-17-2012, 11:20 PM
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I've actually used Plasti Dip on my trim and it's worked very well. Blacked out my entire trim on the underside and front and rear. Just had to mask off the painted areas and that's it. For all sides of my X5 I used maybe 3/4 of a can, and that's doing about 2 coats.
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Old 07-18-2012, 05:43 AM
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There is this stuff, Black Wow. It does a very good job on blacking trim out and it lasts a great amount of time. Use this in conjunction with Pre-WOW and it lasted on my E53 for about 3 months before needing another application. <<snip>>
Tried using Black Wow a couple of times and found that it did not last any longer than other off-the-shelf product out there. Still looking for something that lasts more than just a few weeks (if that).
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Due for an update. So far the "Restore Black" has been excellent. About 4 or 5 washes including specifically washing and drying the treated plastic. No bleeding. No apparent fading. I will attempt to follow up with pictures (wife has the X today, tho'), but wanted to post an interim
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Restore Black 10 or 11 month follow up.

Awesome product in my book; great bang for the buck. These pics from a tablet (plus pictures are not my strong suit), but all I did here was wash the car, and then specifically cleaned the previously (last summer) treated exterior plastic with what I consider to be about the best non-porous surface cleaner I've used to date - Scrubbing Bubbles!


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Thanks for taking time to share your experience over the past year. I need to pick up some of this stuff for hubbie's van. It's 10 years old and the rear bumper has a step surface that has turned grey / white-ish from the years of use. It would be cool to restore it to factory looking condition. I wonder what's in this stuff. Probably some kind of paint if it stays on that well. Thanks again!
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We'll see......... As noted, a reason I posted this is my dissatisfaction with the typical "safe for furry bunnies and other critters" spray on & wipe off stuff generally found in the purdy up my car aisle. None of that ever got the depth Back to black as this product did right out the gate.

I wash the car maybe 2 or 3 times a month depending on weather and available time. I've got a more camera-like camera, so I guess I'll take a pic in the daylight after each time I wash it. I'll add to this post a coupla times a month with a series of pics in chronological order, adding the latest to the re-posted series. That'll allow someone to scroll through and slight changes should be a little more obvious. I'll take the pictures at about the same time of day and in my normal parking spot, therefore attempting to be consistent. I think that's about as arts & crafts as I'm gonna be able to get on this.

I got other car care stuff in the pipeline, so if there's interest in that type of topic here in the forum, I'll try to add other products and post "impressions" as I'm able.
thanks for the who post it here. Such a nice and informative as well. I want to say it is good for all who need good camera like camera.
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https://autodecorlab.com/mothers-back-to-black-review/
While it is possible to restore the exterior with cleaners and waxes, your cars plastic, rubber and vinyl trim is another matter entirely. However, all is not lost as you will see with our Mothers Back to Black review, that your vehicles trim can indeed, be restored to much of its former glory.
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https://autodecorlab.com/mothers-back-to-black-review/
While it is possible to restore the exterior with cleaners and waxes, your cars plastic, rubber and vinyl trim is another matter entirely. However, all is not lost as you will see with our Mothers Back to Black review, that your vehicles trim can indeed, be restored to much of its former glory.

I have tried Mothers Back to Black - it is only temporary, while this 3M's "Restore Black" in the original post is semi-permanant. I had the 3M applied to my car for more than 5 years now and the trims still have not faded yet! Whereas, the Mothers needs to be re-applied every 3 months or so. Also, you can't simply re-apply a new layer of Mothers Back to Black again when the trims fade again. The new application won't adhere as well as the original. You'll have to strip down the old stuff before applying the new layer - a total PITA!
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