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Exterior Black Trim

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dbeckwith
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Exterior Black Trim

Postby dbeckwith » Thu May 05, 2011 4:54 pm

Can anyone tell me a sure fire way to make the black exterior trim on my 95 Volvo black again?
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Re: Exterior Black Trim

Postby zhenya » Thu May 05, 2011 5:09 pm

Best stuff I have found is http://www.showroomnewproducts.com/

Note that the original color for the 850 was more grey than black - and the above company makes a Showroom New Grey designed to match the Volvo OEM color.

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Re: Exterior Black Trim

Postby jreed » Thu May 05, 2011 6:14 pm

I have tried shoe polish, which lasts for about three weeks in the sun and rain before fading. I wouldn't recommend it.
I have had better luck with Tung oil, which makes the trim a rich deep black color that has lasted without fading for several months so far.
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Re: Exterior Black Trim

Postby ojdorson » Thu May 05, 2011 7:25 pm

Here's what I did - viewtopic.php?f=29&t=38239 - I'm really happy with the results. Just do it on a nice warm day and work slowly on small sections.

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Re: Exterior Black Trim

Postby vjaneczko » Mon May 09, 2011 2:26 am

I used Showroom New to change the side moldings from gray to black over the winter. I did two or three coats, and it's really nice stuff. I'll be doing my bumpers with it now that it's warm out.
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Re: Exterior Black Trim

Postby Alecw81 » Mon May 09, 2011 5:13 am

Anyone find showroom new at a store?

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Re: Exterior Black Trim

Postby vjaneczko » Mon May 09, 2011 5:53 am

Don't think so - mail order only.
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Re: Exterior Black Trim

Postby JRL » Mon May 09, 2011 11:18 am

The most permanent way is to paint them with grey/black bumper paint (found at any automotive store, Pep Boys, A/Zone NAPA, etc)
The tedious part is the masking, actual painting should not take you more than 15 minutes.
Done properly it lasts for years
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Re: Exterior Black Trim

Postby zhenya » Mon May 09, 2011 1:59 pm

yeah - but then you have painted trim. I like the plastic stuff. ;)

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Re: Exterior Black Trim

Postby dbeckwith » Mon May 09, 2011 10:47 pm

I received Forever Black that I ordered in the mail today so I'll be giving it a try and let you know how it works out
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