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cleaning mirrors

I wash my mirrors when I wash my truck but the black is starting to fad to gray. What can I use on my mirrors to keep them looking there best/restore them back to black?

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Try mothers back to black.

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try turtle was F21 super protectant, its the only thing i use on plastics
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Re: cleaning mirrors

tire cleaner works great on plastics... imo


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Re: cleaning mirrors

If you want a dressing that will make them look nicer temporarily, there are all sorts of them on the market. Stoner's Trim Shine is a good one. Adam's might make something. Dressings, even really good ones, are only temporary. Eventually, they'll wash off, and you'll be back with faded plastic.

For a longer lasting solution, try removing the mirrors and redying them. I recently did this to the plastic cowling on my F250. The before photo doesn't do it justice, but trust me, the cowling looked really ratty. I took it off, cleaned it thoroughly with a solvent, and applied this Malco trim dye that I bought at a detailing supply store. It was super easy, and worked wonders.

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ADAM'S V.R.T works great

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If you want a dressing that will make them look nicer temporarily, there are all sorts of them on the market. Stoner's Trim Shine is a good one. Adam's might make something. Dressings, even really good ones, are only temporary. Eventually, they'll wash off, and you'll be back with faded plastic.

For a longer lasting solution, try removing the mirrors and redying them. I recently did this to the plastic cowling on my F250. The before photo doesn't do it justice, but trust me, the cowling looked really ratty. I took it off, cleaned it thoroughly with a solvent, and applied this Malco trim dye that I bought at a detailing supply store. It was super easy, and worked wonders.

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What kind of solvent did you use? And could you find that dye at vatozone or oreillys or something?

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Any type of plastic paint will stick well to veh trim. Canadian tire and walmart bith sell Krylon plastic paint. Iv been using it on trim pc's for years and never pealed or faded. Iv even painted engine pc's with it. Holds up well. Just get the satin black for trim.
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What kind of solvent did you use? And could you find that dye at vatozone or oreillys or something?
I used some stuff called Tardis that I had shipped to me from the UK via Canada (long story). Any auto body solvent should work though. If you're unsure, test on a concealed area first. For example, with the cowling, you could test the solvent on the side that faces the engine bay.

The Malco dye that I used isn't something I've ever seen at an auto parts store. I get it at a detailing supply store here in town.

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Re: cleaning mirrors

Thanks for all the in put. I ordered vrt from adams.

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