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After testing CeraKote Headlight restore with great results on my wife’s Lexus, I decided to give their trim restore a shot... on the bottom trim and bumper of HER 2009 car!

Ive tried other trim restorers before, and they seemed more of a lotion or oil... they remained moist collecting dust, and washed away after a few washes. This stuff is supposed to be a ceramic coating that is dry once cured and is supposed to last for 200 washes.

I prepped the surfaces to by washing, drying, and applying an automotive wax remover. The restorer comes on pre moistened wipes, 10 wipes per pack. A little goes a long way! I only used 3 wipes for the whole car... 1 for the drivers side, 1 for the passengers side, and one for the back bumper and bumper step. Not including prep, it took me about 10-15 minutes to wipe on.

It was getting dark by the time I finished, but it looked real nice. I’ll see if I missed any spots or got any streaking tomorrow. If it turns out good, I’ll try it on the wiper cowl, bumper step pad, and roof rails Of my GCSRT.
 

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Just used the stuff on my bumper step and it turned out great! It was looking dried out and ashy, with scratched from my dog jumping in. Now it looks almost new. I should have taken a BEFORE pic but forgot...
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Where do you pick that stuff up?
 

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Amazon... not many uses on the Jeep, but I’m finding spots. So far, I’ve done the bumper step, roof rails, and the small rubber gutters next to the roof rail. The rails and gutters only required one packet, and I used one packet for the step.

After checking over the Jeep, I figured I will eventually do the wiper cowl and the side mirror bases. Other than Han that, I can’t find many other textured plastic ares on the car, except for maybe the grill openings and hood scoops.
 

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Thanks, gonna grab some now👍
 

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I found a few new places to use my extra packets while emptying out my catch can today. There’s plenty of textured plastic under the hood! If I get bored one of these days, I’ll hit it up
 

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Careful with doing a second application! I did my under hood plastics and it looked great but realized I missed a few spots A few days later. I used a new wipe on the spots, but didn’t want the wipe to go to waste, so redid everything.

Once everything cured, there was a bunch of white streaks everywhere! I was able to buff it out with a magic eraser though. I don’t know if it was caused by the second coat or because I didn’t rewash and prep the surfaces before applying the second coat.
 

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Trying to figure out what went wrong with my second application, and I came up with a few thoughts...

Since there was already a cured coat of ceramic on the panels, the second coat couldn’t lay out evenly and penetrate the plastic on the panels, causing the flakey and streaky look. The first application went on fine and looked great except for the few spots I missed.

so if I ever apply this stuff again I’ll make sure I clean well and double check my results to make sure there are no missed spots The first time.

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Just a follow up on the trim restorer... it’s still holding up great on the PLASTIC parts.

I applied it to the rubber strips on the roof that run parallel to the roof racks and those don’t look so great... kind of white and flakey. I’m thinking that this stuff is made for plastics more than rubber. I used 303 to keep the rubber looking black, but I need to reapply every few weeks. I haven’t had to touch the CeraKote treated plastics!
 
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