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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:41 pm 
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When buying new plates this week I asked the guy behind the counter at the garage what he recommended to blacken faded plastic trim. Instead of pointing to something on the shelf he said 'baby oil'! Bit of research online led me to similar posts linked to the effectiveness of olive oil. Gave it a try on one area of my c900 and it looks really good, (so far!).

Has anyone else tried this and had any issues? Sorry if this is obvious stuff, bit of a newbie SAABist.

Want to check this before I start greasing my car like its something for lunch!


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:00 pm 
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Peanut Butter is a often suggested alternative on UKS, and I can vouch for it's effectiveness. Don't use the crunchy version as it gets dog licking the car apparently.

Baby oil and olive oil seem reasonable. Linseed oil is next on my list of alternatives to try. Actually boiled linseed oil as someone on here suggested it.

Dab your cloth and use sparingly.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:15 pm 
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Boiled linseed oil works for some jobs.
Also on the project car tried a few different things on a bit of faded plastic (thats not going to get used for a couple of years), and even engine oil worked (though I imagine would smell with any heat), so basically oil seems to be the key to it.
But, as always, its only temporary, and effectiveness may vary.

Ended up painting all the trim on mine getting fed up of tidy up.

Apply sparingly, expect to have to do multiple coats agitating it in with a cloth for best effect.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:39 pm 
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Did mine with smooth peanut butter and they came up a treat, very easy to use too and cheap!


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:41 am 
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Love the smell of linseed oil !! No matter how much glass I puttied in I never got sick of the smell.
Off to buy some putty ;-)

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:50 am 
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Equally, peanut oil will do the same without the gunge!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:50 am 
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Cool thanks for the feedback guys


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