How to get the Bumpers on your Car Back to Black

Car Back To BlackDo you need to get the bumpers on your car back to black? Have they faded to a horrible dull grey colour? With so many different products on the market which is the best way to get them back to that deep showroom blackness?

You’ve probably seen reference to them all; protectants, detailers and bumper dressings, all designed to transform the look of your car bumpers and car trim back to new.

The problem with many of these products is that they make your trim look great on first application but will only tend to last a matter of weeks before they fade away and you then have to re-apply to get that car back to black look again.

So what causes the fading problem in the first place and how do you find a more permanent fix to you faded bumpers? The main cause of fading is bleaching from the sun’s UV ray. Many of the car back to black products available will therefore also contain chemicals and conditioners that provide additional protection from these UV rays, but again if they are not giving a longer-term fix to the initial fading then they are mainly only preventing further dulling of the greyness.

Best Long Lasting Car Back to Black Products

From the hundreds of car back to black products available on the market there is only a handful that really provide more permanent, longer-term solution. These actually bring long-lasting deep showroom blackness back to your faded bumpers and trim.

Four of the most respected of these are the Forever Black Bumper and Trim Cleaner and Conditioner Dye Kit

Forever Black Bumper Paint

the Wurth Plastic Dyer Plast-PT.

Plastic Dye in Black or Grey


The more recent  Car Guys Plastic Restorer.

Car Guys Plastic Restorer

As well as the highly-rated Cerakote Trim Coat

Cerakote Trim Coat Kit

All of these contain pigments that permanently restore and re-colour your sun-faded trim on your car back to black.

The Forever Black even contains additional UV screen for future protection against fading once the blackness has been restored. And the beauty of these products is also that they do not take too much more time or effort to get stunning, like-new results you are looking for. So long as your bumpers and trim are free from dirt, grease or previous dressings, you can have newly coloured bumpers in 5 to 30 minutes.

The Forever Black even comes with its own cleaning solution to help with the preparation and the Wurth Plast-PT contains a special dual cleaning and application sponge to help remove dirt and grease and then make application easy.

This is also the only time that I would also be prepared to use a solution of household dishwashing liquid anywhere near my car as they are really effective at stripping away dirt and grease. Make sure however you don’t get the dishwashing solution on your paintwork as it will also strip off your wax protection.

Back To Black In 4 Simple Steps

To get the deep black colour that you desire, the steps you need to follow are really very simple and straight forward:

1) Simply remove all dirt and grease from your bumpers and trim

2) Ensure the parts to be re-coloured are dry

3) Using either a supplied applicator or a sponge applicator pad, evenly apply a coating of your chosen product across the surface or your bumper or other trim.

4) And that’s it. In 5-30 minutes, depending on what you are treating, your trim will have a long-lasting deep rich blackness to it.

You may find that with some older with extreme sun bleaching that a second coat may be required one the first has dried but providing no dirt or grease has been allowed to settle on it then it’s simply a case of directly applying on top of the first coat.

And it’s not just bumpers that these products can be used on, depending on your choice they can also be used on rubber parts and hoses, door handles, side trim, mudguards, interior plastic trim, running boards and even some soft-tops!

So if your trim is looking a little faded hopefully the above will help you in your choice of products to help get the bumpers and other parts on your car back to black again.

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