Plastic Restoration : What’s good & What’s Bad

Plastic Restoration : What’s good & What’s Bad

By:Jonathan Monson

When it comes to plastic restoration there are A LOT of products on the market. It can be very easy to throw away hundreds in product testing to find out what actually works and has lasting results. The good news on that front is that we have already wasted the hundreds of dollars doing that research for you! I’m going to go over some of the wrong ways to restore your plastics and introduce you to the most amazing product on the market for plastic restoration. 

I want to go over some of the don’ts about plastic restoration first. The biggest don’t when it comes to plastic restoration is this one: Do not use heat, heat gun or torches to restore your plastics. Now, I’m not a scientist and never claim to be,but I do share from experience. There is a scientific reason for this and I’m sure Chris West knows the answer to the scientific why. Maybe we will get lucky and he will comment on this blog with the answer. I can tell you that it does not last and over time permanently damages the plastics beyond restoration. 

We extensively tested this theory on several pieces of plastic, including the top of a garbage can. Sure, it makes them look good for a time. The problem is, over time, every piece of plastic was permanently damaged with this technique. At Dirty2Dreamy Detail Services we DO NOT want to do anything that damages your vehicle. So, this method is out! 

The over the counter “plastic restorers” are not actually restoring plastics at all. You see, plastics fade and look terrible due to constant exposure to UV lighting and heat from the sun that dries them out. What these over the counter dressings do is hydrate the plastics for the time being. The problem with this is that the results do not last. As soon as it rains you have runny looking plastics that are an absolute eye sore and look worse than the faded plastic did. This leads to constant re application of the product and a regular chore that is frustrating. 

The ONLY way we do plastic restoration at Dirty2Dreamy is using Chris West’s amazing product Solution Finish. This product is super user friendly and easy to apply. The two key things you want to be sure you do are clean the plastics thoroughly and shake the bottle really well. I made this quick video for everyone to review the process! CLICK HERE to view the video. 

As always, thanks for reading and if you ever have any questions about detailing please feel free to reach out on any of our platforms. It is our mission and goal to help others through detailing. We hope you all have an amazing time restoring your plastics ! 

Thanks for reading, 
Jonathan Monson
Dirty2Dreamy@gmail.com

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4 thoughts on “Plastic Restoration : What’s good & What’s Bad”

  1. What’s the safest way to get out light scratches on the black plastic on the side of my console in my 2020 GT Mustang . Heat is not the way I want to go. ? Second whats the BEST scratch remover for light scratches on interior plastic???

    1. You can’t polish plastics. The only way to attempt to remove scratches is heat. Once plastics are scratched, they’re scratched. You can reduce their appearance with a ceramic coating, but that’s really it. Unless there is something on the market that I haven’t heard of.

  2. I have a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche, the previous owner sprayed clear coat on the outside plastic and now the black has turned gray. How can I remove the clear coat so I can rejuvenate the black plastic? Thank You

    1. Sadly you’re going to need to replace the plastic now. That was a really dumb move on the previous owners part. The only way to really remove clear coat is sanding. That will damage the plastics. You can check with a body shop to be sure, but I’m pretty confident on this one.

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