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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-07-2013, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Forever Black vs. Turtle Wax Trim Restorer

Howdy, my '00 Forester's bumpers are pretty faded and I want to do something about it. Do any of you have experience with either Forever Black or Turtle Wax brand Trim Restorer? Both are available at Supercheap Autos and both for the same price. I live in Perth so my bumpers will get about 364.5 days of full sun every year...

My Forester is the red/dark orange colour (lighter than the maroon they used in other years). The bumpers were dark grey, but I'm thinking that matching that colour evenly is going to be pretty tough. I think black bumpers will look good, but I'm open to being talked out of it.

Also I'm new to the forum (and Forester ownership). Hi everyone.
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Hi and welcome

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I'm new too and no-one bothered to reply to my first post, so I'll reply to yours to show you there are people here.

As strange as it sounds, I use pale boiled linseed oil on my black plastic bits (from Bunnings or Masters) - about $9 for a litre

Works fantastic. No residue. Safe, natural, blah blah....basically it works very well and lasts about 1-1.5yrs between applications.

Let me know what you think.
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People seem to like Forever Black quite a bit though I haven't used it myself. The consensus on the forum is to stay away from Mother's Back to Black product.

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I've used the Turtle Wax trim restore. It worked "ok" but I think I'll be trying something else.
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As strange as it sounds, I use pale boiled linseed oil on my black plastic bits (from Bunnings or Masters) - about $9 for a litre

Works fantastic. No residue. Safe, natural, blah blah....basically it works very well and lasts about 1-1.5yrs between applications.

Let me know what you think.
Thanks for the suggestion. At first I thought it would leave a greasy coating, but a little googling shows it has an added drying agent.... I'll give it a try ;-)
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Thanks for the tip Oscargamer - I'll give that a shot.

Forever Black seems to work well, jus a bit hard to get it look 100% natural on a smooth surface - like the front of the roof bars - but it lasts well, a year or two.

Turtle wax black and like wax products don't seem to last well and go grey.

Need to tart up the trim a little on mine for sale/trade shortly.

CAUTION: NOTE: Soak rags (used in pale boiled Linseed oil) in water as spontaneous ignition may occur on drying. Dispose of rags by
controlled incineration or at an approved landfill.
http://www.recochem.com.au/index.php...ed_linseed_oil

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I already had some pale boiled Linseed oil so I ran over most of my black trim - I'm keeping off rubber for the moment as I'm not sure it will agree with it.

So far so good - darkens the plastic and gives it a wet look without being overly shiny. The slight greasiness disappears as it air hardens (oxygen contact) and polymerizes into the plastic surface over what I can only guess is about 30mins or so?

It could potentially be layered up with subsequent coatings for a higher gloss.

You don't need a whole lot of it either - put it on sparingly with a small piece of rag - it seems to run out quickly and evenly into the surface on just the smallest amount. Rub in evenly and give it 5-10 mins before buffing with another cloth to remove the excess.

Is this a "dirty secret" that automotive finish producers and others would not like to get out - as it is cheap and effective?

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mate....it works, it's easy, cheap, eco friendly, looks great and doesn't leave residue on other bits of the car, it even smells nice and reminds me of oiling a cricket bat ! god I'm old.......
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mate....it works, it's easy, cheap, eco friendly, looks great and doesn't leave residue on other bits of the car, it even smells nice and reminds me of oiling a cricket bat ! god I'm old.......
Yeah- I'm well pleased with the result- you been using it for years? It does smell like wood- work but not unpleasant, and it the smell fades in a day or so. Thanks for the tip

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Anyone have any photos to show the effect of this?
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No Pics but it looks similar to using armour-all on pretty dried out weathered plastic - makes it look "wet" but not as shiny. Best of all it stays on through lots of washing and makes the water bead up on the surface.

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mate, go and buy some and give it a go - you won't be disappointed

plus being a pom, the smell of cricket bats will drive you wild
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plus being a pom, the smell of cricket bats will drive you wild
Lol ok will give it a go! Hate the blotchy old look of the grey trim on my 1998 SF. Much worse than the 2003 SG I had previously.


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No Pics but it looks similar to using armour-all on pretty dried out weathered plastic - makes it look "wet" but not as shiny. Best of all it stays on through lots of washing and makes the water bead up on the surface.
Sounds great!


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As strange as it sounds, I use pale boiled linseed oil on my black plastic bits (from Bunnings or Masters) - about $9 for a litre

Works fantastic. No residue. Safe, natural, blah blah....basically it works very well and lasts about 1-1.5yrs between applications.

Let me know what you think.
Tip of the year, thanks. Did it on weekend... awesome result

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