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#1 (permalink) Old 10-25-2004, 02:53 PM
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I posted this on another forum as well... I just got one of these in the mail and am worried it will fade into that sparkled grayish color that cheap plastics tend to do in the sun after some time. I want to seriously protect it, but am not sure what to use. I was thinking about how this would turn out: Treat it with the usual temporary trim shine/protectant that I use when I was the car. After letting that dry, apply a coat or 2 of some kind of spray-on, clear lacquer or varnish. I just don't know if the plastic will fade while under the varnish or not. Anyone done this?
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What is it ? Its difficult to reccomend a product if i cant tell what it is....303 Aerospace protectant has UV inhibitors in it, but im not sure if its applicable in your situation without knowing what it is.....

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It is a mounting bracket for a european style license plate.

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You can't paint it after applying "temporary trim shine/protectant" as the paint won't stick or flow properly. It will be a mess. If you want to spray it with clear lacquer, the plastic must be clean and untreated.
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Any idea if plastic will still fade with a clear coating of lacquer on it?

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Any idea if plastic will still fade with a clear coating of lacquer on it?
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Yes - lacquer has no UV retardant qualities to it - unless you can find one that has a UV filter in it - I have never seen one

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Originally posted by BLACKBMW+Oct 27 2004, 08:16 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(BLACKBMW @ Oct 27 2004, 08:16 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-Cavalier2123@Oct 26 2004, 09:58 PM
Any idea if plastic will still fade with a clear coating of lacquer on it?
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Yes - lacquer has no UV retardant qualities to it - unless you can find one that has a UV filter in it - I have never seen one

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I used that 'Forever Black' stuff on my trim. I got the new Euro license plate mount in the mail and ended up having to dye the new plastic b/c the trim looked sooo good on the car.

After testing some things out i found this about the 'Forever Black:'

(*) Alcohol swabs remove the ink
(*) Nail polish remover removes the ink
(*) Soap and scrubbing does not affect the ink.

I really dig the stuff and plan on using it more!!

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