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Old 05-06-2019, 09:38 AM   #11
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What kind of prep work did you do on your gray trim before you applied that magic goo?
Just a simple wash with Dollar Tree car wash soap; and then I cleaned a bit of tar off the lower part of the panels with mineral spirits, and then on to the Back To Black.

Just working in the Back To Black was the lion's share of the labor. Like I mentioned before it needed multiple applications in certain spots to get the color consistent. I just kept rubbing it in until it looked right. No magic, just work!
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Old 05-07-2019, 01:08 PM   #12
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Just a simple wash with Dollar Tree car wash soap; and then I cleaned a bit of tar off the lower part of the panels with mineral spirits, and then on to the Back To Black.

Just working in the Back To Black was the lion's share of the labor. Like I mentioned before it needed multiple applications in certain spots to get the color consistent. I just kept rubbing it in until it looked right. No magic, just work!
How long does it last?
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Old 05-07-2019, 08:05 PM   #13
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How long does it last?
I did it right on 1 month ago. It still looks pretty good; except the front bumper cover needs another cleaning because of those [email protected]#% Love Bugs! (Part of what I don't love about FL!)

Some guys say after a heavy rain, it will streak; like it's been partially washed off. But mine still looks pretty much the same as when I first did it, and it has been rained on 4 - 5 times.
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Old 05-12-2019, 09:31 AM   #14
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So, I just put MB2B on my '04 E's gray panels and bumpers. I blew it out in 40 minutes. I didn't have four hours to do it perfectly, I'll just touch up the spots I missed and all the nooks and crannies that only I know are there.

It just felt like a temporary beautification procedure, like it will all wash off the next trip to the car wash. We'll see. For now, yeah, it looks great. I didn't need to go twice over much because it had soaked in and needed more.
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Old 05-13-2019, 05:13 PM   #15
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So...I've been walking around my E touching up spots I missed and hard-to-reach spots that I'm taking the time to reach. All in all, it was super-easy to do all of my gray panels and bumpers. Still looks good, almost new if I can say so, not bad for a 15 year old E. (Except for all the scratches and azzhat-keyed gouges). My Element is 15 years old. We've been to a lot of places and seen a lot of stuff together.
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Old 05-20-2019, 05:49 AM   #16
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So...I've been walking around my E touching up spots I missed and hard-to-reach spots that I'm taking the time to reach. All in all, it was super-easy to do all of my gray panels and bumpers. Still looks good, almost new if I can say so, not bad for a 15 year old E. (Except for all the scratches and azzhat-keyed gouges). My Element is 15 years old. We've been to a lot of places and seen a lot of stuff together.
So it's rained a few times and, yes, it does run but it's only noticeable running down from the trim bordering the roof and only if you look real hard. As far as the main gray panels down below, no, it's not like there are run marks.

Everyone's tolerance for stuff like this varies. Me, it doesn't bother me too much, the nicer look of the panels trumps the little bit of running.
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Old 06-01-2019, 10:57 AM   #17
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Here's a picture of the finished product.
This looks great! Did you use the Back to Black?
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Old 06-02-2019, 07:06 PM   #18
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When you get tired of the B2B washing away there are 2 other products to try.

Aerospace Formula 303 is what I used on my 2004 EX until it got totaled in Nov 2014. I applied it 2-3 times a year and my panels never faded.

The plastic roof trim of the 2008 I bought to replace the 2004 was badly faded. After cleaning it and the rest of the car I accidentally got some Maguiar's Paint Protect on the trim. It immediately looked like new, so applied it to all the trim and the bumpers. To apply the MPP to the entire Element took 30 minutes.

That was ~4 years ago. I never reapplied it to the trim and I'm still waiting for it to fade. I'm getting ready to do the annual MPP application to the paint.
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