How To Make Plastic Trim Black

Black plastic trim is a common feature on many vehicles and household items, from car bumpers and side mirrors to garden furniture and home appliances. Over time, exposure to sunlight, harsh weather conditions, and environmental pollutants can cause black plastic trim to fade, turn grey, or even develop a chalky appearance. Fortunately, there are effective ways to restore and maintain the rich, black shine of your plastic trim. In this blog, we’ll guide you through the process of reviving and protecting your black plastic trim, whether it’s on your car, home, or outdoor equipment. 

Material You’ll Need

Before you start, gather the following materials:

  • Black Plastic Trim Restorer: Choose a quality trim restorer product designed for black plastic surfaces.
  • Cleaning Supplies: Mild soap, water, a bucket, and a soft cloth or sponge for cleaning. 
  • Soft Bristle Brush: A toothbrush or an old paintbrush can work well for getting into crevices and texture areas.
  • Microfibre Towels: These are excellent for drying and buffing the trim.
  • Plastic Trim Protectant (Optional): A trim protectant can help maintain the restored look and protect against future fading.

Step-by-Step Guide to Restoring Black Plastic Trim

  1. Clean the Trim

Start by thoroughly cleaning the black plastic trim. Use a mixture of mild soap and water and a soft cloth or sponge. Avoid using harsh chemicals that can damage the plastic or paint around it.

  1. Rinse and Dry

After scrubbing, rinse the trim with clean water to remove any soap residue. Use a microfiber towel to dry it completely. This step ensures that the trim is clean and ready for restoration.

  1. Apply the Trim Restorer

Shake the trim restorer product well and apply it directly to the black plastic trim. You can use a microfiber applicator pad or a cloth for this step. Be generous with the application but avoid getting the product on surrounding paint or glass.

  1. Spread and Work In

Use a circular motion to spread the product evenly across the trim. Make sure to cover all areas, including crevices and textured surfaces. You may need to work the product in for a few minutes, especially if the trim is severely faded.

  1. Buff and Wipe Off Excess

After allowing the trim restorer to sit for a few minutes (follow the product’s instructions for the specific waiting time), use a clean microfiber towel to buff the trim. This will remove any excess product and reveal the restored shine.

  1. Apply Trim Protectant (Optional)

To maintain the restored appearance and protect against future fading, consider applying a trim protectant. Follow the instructions on the product label for application and drying times.

  1. Regular Maintenance

To keep your black plastic trim looking its best, regularly clean it and apply a trim protectant as needed. This will help prevent the trim from fading or turning grey again.


Restoring black plastic trim is a simple yet effective way to enhance the overall appearance of your car, home, or outdoor equipment. With the right products and a little bit of effort, you can bring back the rich, black shine to your trim and ensure it stays looking great for years to come. Remember to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the specific products you use and maintain your trim regularly to enjoy long-lasting results.

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