Plastic molding fixed

jtesi8

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Took a heat gun to my bumpers to bring them back to black heres some pics...
Easy to do and makes a huge difference
 

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jtesi8

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Heres a before pic of the front
 

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Mooseman

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Dec 4, 2011
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Wow. What a difference. Nice job! I gotta do mine as soon as the weather improves.
 

Boricua SS

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Nov 20, 2011
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amazing what a little heat can do :rotfl:

looks good :thumbsup:
 

DDonnie

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Mar 26, 2012
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There a tutorial on this somewhere? Also, looks great!
 

dmanns67

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Apr 3, 2013
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That looks better than most trim restore compounds that I have used. Plus you do not have to worry about it washing/wearing off.
 

jtesi8

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Mar 20, 2013
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Thanks everyone. Yea, it is easy just time consuming. Some spots are hard to get to with a heat gun also.

DDonnie said:
There a tutorial on this somewhere? Also, looks great!

I believe there is a tutorial on here somewhere.
 

HARDTRAILZ

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Nov 18, 2011
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Looks much better. Well Done!
 

bfrench

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Jun 17, 2012
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Looked for the tutorial and each time it brings me back here.

How about some quick info - type of heat gun (1500w)???? How close to keep it to the plastic?? Remove heat - when plastic immediately returns to black?????

TIA
 

Zopilote

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Dec 25, 2012
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Did the same on my 2002 TB a while ago with amazingly good result. I used an ordinary 1500W heatgun on highest setting and experimented a little with distance and speed. It was a lot easier than i had thought.
Warning: Don't try the same method on the glass hatch handle! I tried, but Before the colour changed, the plastic handle started melting...
Still have left to do the floorboards, but my truck is so Dirty and i don't have the time to wash it this week :smile:
 

Voymom

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Feb 3, 2012
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I spray painted mine with a satin black plastics spray paint and then clear coated it with a gloss finish.
 

jtesi8

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Voymom said:
I spray painted mine with a satin black plastics spray paint and then clear coated it with a gloss finish.

hows the paint holding up?
 

MOD

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Jul 11, 2012
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Voymom said:
I spray painted mine with a satin black plastics spray paint and then clear coated it with a gloss finish.

I did this too a few years ago, and most of the paint has come off. Recently, I tested a small area with the heat gun, and it looks wonderful. However, now I'm stuck trying to get the old paint off. Can't sand it, and i'm afraid to use any chemicals. Anyone have any thoughts?
 

Sir ffeJ

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Dec 1, 2011
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I did the heat gun method as well, it worked great. The only problem I had was I accidentally slip with the gun and touched the bumper and left a mark. I didn't like it after that.

So in turn I decided to spray them with rubberized under coating. That was 5 months ago and it's still holding up great, no peel. Although they have faded some what from the original fresh spray look, I have been contemplating as to clear coat them or not. Only problem I have with that is, the clear coat may peel later on and clear coating them would take the rubbery traction away from them.

Hmmmm....
 

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