Paint Care and Plastic trim

Help, Advice, Owners' Discussion and DIY Tutorials on Volvo's stylish, distinctive P2 platform cars sold as model years 2001-2007 (North American market year designations).

2001 - 2007 V70
2001 - 2004 V70 XC (Cross Country)
2004 - 2007 XC70 (Cross Country)
2001 - 2009 S60
2003 - 2007 S60 R
2004 - 2007 V70 R

Post Reply
Blacklab467
Posts: 280
Joined: Tue Aug 09, 2016 4:25 pm
Year and Model: 2003 xc 70
Location: Calgary, AB
Has thanked: 14 times
Been thanked: 21 times

Paint Care and Plastic trim

Post by Blacklab467 »

With nothing to fix on my car currently and Covid maximizing my time away from work, my efforts turn toward detailing and improving the appearance of my trusty Volvo. I would appreciate some input on a couple things;

My car is black and although the paint is reasonably good, it is full of small scratches. I'd like to get the scratches out but am not sure how best to do it. I don't know for sure but don't think Volvo used a clear coat over the paint on certain colours. Has anyone been successful at bringing back the shine to their black car? Here is a picture of what the paint looks like, sorry about the quality:
Paint.jpg
Paint.jpg (72.88 KiB) Viewed 343 times
Exterior Plastic. I've used all the common products on the cladding and have found that those generally make it look better for a couple weeks and then it goes back to it's faded glory look, especially in the summer. I was looking on a forum some time ago and someone suggested good, more permanent results with a mineral oil and something else solution, I've since not been able to find that thread. Has anyone found something that works well on this plastic material? I'd be very interested in suggestions.
Plastic.jpg
Plastic.jpg (116.77 KiB) Viewed 343 times
Thanks in advance for your input.
2003 XC 70, 2007 Duramax LBZ.

User avatar
oragex
Posts: 5253
Joined: Fri May 24, 2013 6:20 am
Year and Model: S60 2003
Location: Canada
Has thanked: 102 times
Been thanked: 325 times
Contact:

Post by oragex »

For the exterior plastic trims, I did this in a warmer weather. It's actually a cheap and easy 'fix'. I recommend a quality liquid (fluid) wax, paste wax will leave strikes. And the paint around needs be cleaned within 30 minutes- but on your black paint it's not going to be a problem

.

User avatar
Mike Langlois
Posts: 126
Joined: Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:00 pm
Year and Model: 2002 V70 & V70 XC
Location: Santa Ana, CA, USA
Has thanked: 28 times
Been thanked: 4 times

Post by Mike Langlois »

I had very good luck using a heat gun on the plastic trim. I am sure I read about it on MVS. Using a heat gun on low setting, pass it slowly, but steadily, back and forth across the trim. The trim will slowly change color and you get fairly long lasting results. Be very careful near painted surfaces, the heat will damage them. I was able to do an X/C model (lots of plastic trim!) without additional protection, like tape, for the paint.
Yours,
Manic Mike

User avatar
RickHaleParker
Posts: 5200
Joined: Mon May 25, 2015 2:30 pm
Year and Model: See Signature below.
Location: Kansas
Has thanked: 3 times
Been thanked: 661 times

Post by RickHaleParker »

Blacklab467 wrote: Wed Dec 30, 2020 7:51 am Has anyone found something that works well on this plastic material? I'd be very interested in suggestions.
Forever Black is a permanent plastic dye not a temporary optical trick like wax is.
You can use Forever Black to put some pigmentation back into the plastic trim.
1998 C70, B5234T3, 16T, AW50-42, Bosch Motronic 4.4, Special Edition package.
2003 S40, B4204T3, 14T twin scroll AW55-50/51SN, Siemens EMS 2000.
2004 S60R, B8444S TF80 AWD. Yamaha V8 conversion
2005 XC90 T6 Executive, B6294T, 4T65 AWD, Bosch Motronic 7.0.

Blacklab467
Posts: 280
Joined: Tue Aug 09, 2016 4:25 pm
Year and Model: 2003 xc 70
Location: Calgary, AB
Has thanked: 14 times
Been thanked: 21 times

Post by Blacklab467 »

Was that shoe polish you used on the bumper in that video?
2003 XC 70, 2007 Duramax LBZ.

nucci480
Posts: 32
Joined: Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:59 pm
Year and Model: 2004 s60 2.4
Location: IA
Has thanked: 7 times

Post by nucci480 »

I run an auto detailing business. Your best bet for trim is respraying it with this stuff. Everything else is basically temporary. The paint will need polished to be brought back to life. You would want to use a product like 3D One and a random orbital polisher. I like griots garage orange pads for my polisher. Then follow up with a sealant or wax of your choice. I really like gtechniq c2v3. This was a multiple-stage correction I did. wet sanded, compounded, polished & sealed.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005H ... UTF8&psc=1
Attachments
IMG_4086.jpeg
IMG_4088.jpeg
IMG_4090.jpeg
IMG_4096.jpeg

User avatar
BlackBart
Posts: 1449
Joined: Sat Dec 10, 2016 5:03 pm
Year and Model: 2004 XC70 BlackBetty
Location: Montana
Has thanked: 106 times
Been thanked: 111 times

Post by BlackBart »

Agree with nucci above.

Your black has a clear coat. Mine is fading, and a random orbital with Griot's products brought a lot of life back to it, but it needs wax to protect it. If no black appears on your pad when polishing, you are not through the clear coat and into the color layers.
ex-1984 245T wagon
1994 850T wagon
2004 XC70 wagon BlackBetty
Is it time for a 1964 122 wagon?

User avatar
oragex
Posts: 5253
Joined: Fri May 24, 2013 6:20 am
Year and Model: S60 2003
Location: Canada
Has thanked: 102 times
Been thanked: 325 times
Contact:

Post by oragex »

Blacklab467 wrote: Wed Dec 30, 2020 1:41 pm Was that shoe polish you used on the bumper in that video?

Yes, regular black liquid shoe polish

Blacklab467
Posts: 280
Joined: Tue Aug 09, 2016 4:25 pm
Year and Model: 2003 xc 70
Location: Calgary, AB
Has thanked: 14 times
Been thanked: 21 times

Post by Blacklab467 »

Ok thanks everyone! are you saying that you want to go through the clear coat right down to the paint?
2003 XC 70, 2007 Duramax LBZ.

nucci480
Posts: 32
Joined: Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:59 pm
Year and Model: 2004 s60 2.4
Location: IA
Has thanked: 7 times

Post by nucci480 »

No you don’t want to burn through the clear coat. If it has clear it won’t turn your pads black. You might want to call a local detailing company.

Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post