Faded Plastic Trim Bumpers

By Gene Wanek on Oct 28, 2013 at 05:34 PM in Exterior Detailing

Vehicles today are being made with increasingly more plastic. This increase in plastic usage has resulted as manufacturers attempt to mass-produce vehicles as cheaply as possible, thus increasing profit. One of the most common car parts to be made out of plastic may be the black plastic trim found on the bumpers, doors, and beds of many modern vehicles.

Perhaps the greatest problem with this black plastic trim is its susceptibility to fading. The fading of a vehicle’s black plastic trim can be caused by various conditions, most of which the average vehicle is exposed to on a daily basis.  Unfortunately, the fading of trim can make even a clean car appear old and dirty.

Why the plastic trim has faded...

Faded Plastic Trim for the Bumper

Extended exposure to sunlight has been found to be the number one cause of black plastic trim fading in vehicles manufactured since the 1980's. The sunlight eventually bleaches the black plastic trim, slowly turning the plastic to a grey or, in the most severe circumstances, white color. These color changes can be exacerbated by other weather extremes such as extreme hot or cold. Together these conditions can heavily affect the appearance of a vehicle’s black plastic trim. The best thing that a car owner can do is being aware of these conditions and taking preventative measures against overexposure to these conditions.

Here is How to Renew your Bumper

If, however, one finds that his or her vehicle’s black trim has been significantly faded since its purchase, there are several actions one can take to both prevent further fading and reduce the appearance of the damage already done. The first thing a vehicle owner should do is wipe down or clean any black plastic trim that has experienced significant fading. This is to remove any dirt, dust or particulate from the plastic trim. After washing the trim, dry it with a soft cloth. Next, a trim sealant should be applied. It is recommended that the application be done with a microfiber pad to prevent scratching or otherwise damaging the trim. Directions between products may vary, so it is a wise idea to check to instructions listed on the label.