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Bumper/Plastic restorer

Discussion in 'Land Rover Freelander' started by Lord Studley, Jan 28, 2008.

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  1. Lord Studley

    Lord Studley New Member

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    I decided to t-cut my FL today and it has come up a treat!! only problem with it now is that it makes the bumpers and hardtop look grubby.

    Can anyone recommend a good plastic/bumper restorer to help restore them to their former glory??

    I have used the cheaper ones and they usually make the bumpers look brand new.... until they dry 20 minutes later!!
     
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    oil dripper Well-Known Member

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    try some cooking oil well rubbed in on a bit of rag if you,ve got black,uns lasts about 8 weeks or until ya wash the motor,dont believe me try it on a neighbours motor hehe
     
  3. Lord Studley

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    Mine are dark grey... will it work the same??

    Will my FL look like a greasy kebab??
     
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    oil dripper Well-Known Member

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    i dont think so,never tried it on coloured ones, on the bare plastic it can absorb it better, its an old valeters trick when they get really crappy black bumpers to do you could try a little under the edge so if it dont easy enough to wash off, i used to use it on me disco corner caps
     
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    i got some stuff from halfords called " glass " its a clear liquid polish,
    best stuff i have come across, quick and easy and shines everything including plastic bumpers, its not cheap but it goes a long long way , comes with special applicator and polishing cloth (&#163;20) if i remember , but once you tried it you wont want to use anything else
     
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    RAZ8550TDI New Member

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    i have sprayed a few of these for people, one guy supplied his own ****, and i mean ****, was like a plastic type paint that peeled off within months, since then, i sprayed a few satin black that had faded and a year on they still look a treat, depends if yer can be arsed masking off though. i done bumpers, grill, handles and any other bits of trim.
     
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    Linseed oil works like magic, comes up better than new!. rub in with a clean cloth, takes about a day to fully dry.
     
  8. ming

    ming SPACE TWOT

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    Linseed oil is uncle Willow's claim ter fame [it works great] but Ming's mixture is good too. . . ltr bottle 50% engine oil[old werks best] + 30%linseed oil +20% white spirit [non kerosene] give it a good shake ,if its to thick add a tad more white spirit,to thin add more willo juice, helf un safertee ,wear gloves, welly boots and a gas mask ,un just yer thunders [this dunt help the job ,just makes the neighbors look] better than anyfink yer can buy. . . .nuffer ming tip ,dunt buy glass cleaner, after washin car un windows still damp ,scrunch up old newspaper [black un white is best] wipe orft damp then get er dry bit un polish, summit to do wiff the ink ,try it :) :) :)
     
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    willo Well-Known Member

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    No need to believe, just check the picture after the treat.....:D

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    There is only one thing for this job

    Autoglym Bumper Care - looks like green snot in a white bottle, apply using a clean cloth.

    I did mine at the weekend and they now look showroom new:D dosen't rub off on yer clothes etc and is waterproof too.
     
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    Linseed oil.
     
  12. Lord Studley

    Lord Studley New Member

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    Linseed oil?? Is that the stuff you rub into cricket bats??

    Where would you buy it from??
     
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    you could try a search like this
    buy linseed oil - Google Search
     
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    without being too facetious, would that be raw or boiled lindseed oil? just worrit about ending up with a sticky mess
     
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    YOu can get it in your local DIY/handyman shop, B&Q or from places like MachineMart.

    Cheers

    Blippie
     
  16. nfn

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    i am fanatitcal about cleaning cars and bikes and have used most products over the years.

    On purchase of the freelander i treated it to a proper clean it may seem a lot of work but it's worth it for the finish and water rain etc.. just sheet's off it now and on every wash people think i've been polishing it again but i have'nt.


    Paintwork washed(using two bucket method and drying mitt to reduce swirl marks)
    paintwork clayed (if you don't know what this is your not a detailer and will never get a proper finish)
    paintwork cleaner used to remove light swirls/scratches
    paintwork polished using AG SRP
    paintwork sealed using wet mirror finish two coats
    paintwork waxed using Megs carbuna wax two coats

    paintwork now looks like brand new on easy to wax now as grime etc.. cannot stick.

    The bumers were off grey and dried ****e , so i cleaned them using normal APC then applied a layer of Carplan "NANO TECH" bumper/trim sealant it sprayed on and left to dry no rubbing and brings them back to life with a nice shine but more importantly ! stays on and protects the bumpers from the elemets !

    Did this about 4 weeks ago and the paintwork and bumpers look like new and it has been doing about 100-150 miles a week !

    i'm good at cleaning em, just ****e at holding a spanner :confused:
     
  17. Dave Herron

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    Hi yol,

    I use the same method on my Freelander and My MX5 and they come up like new.

    Please forgive my ignorance, but what do you mean by APC not heard of that abbreviation.

    I find I can get my bumpers as shiney as a **** house door, but i cannot clean them, ie remove salt marks and polish marks.

    What do you use???
     
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    Sirus Your all Banned except me Global Moderator

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    why is yur toilet door shiney??
     
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    Hi Dave,

    APC = all purpose cleaner any ph balanced product will do all you are doing is removeing the grease grime etc.. before you apply the shine/sealant.

    If you use black to black or gels etc.. it will simply wash off or the rain will do it for you, use the carplan nano bumper sealant or carlack bumper sealant and it will restore,produce a shine and seal it so it lasts.

    glad you are already useing the detail method , its hard work for a day but lasts way further than a simple wash and wax and each wash produce's that just waxed look !

    have you clayed your paintwork ? trust me i only started doing this last year and was ? but you will never not do your paintwork with it again ! you think it will scratch but has the oppersite affect and makes the paint look glass super smooth and gives depth etc.. perfect for applying the cleaner,polish,sealant,wax.

    if your unsure visit the cleanyourcar.co.uk and join the forum loads of advice and pictures of before and after's
     
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    I tried Linseed Oil a while ago but it is very greasy and a bit messy to apply (but does a good job). Yesterday I tried some of the Autoglym Bumper Care £5.99 at Halfords. Its easy to put on and it has cleaned and shined the bumpers really well, mine are the grey ones. Don't know how long it will last though, but first impressions are good.
     
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