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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 10-08-2017, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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How-to: Restore Faded Plastic on Xterra

Hey Everyone,

I am hoping to post more but I wanted to show how I recently restored the faded plastic on my 2011 Pro 4x.

What worked great is a heat gun and everything comes out looking like new. I went with a Kobalt that cost around $75 but there are much cheaper ones out there.

Had the temp set to 800 and kept it about an inch away with slow movement. Try not to stay on one spot too long.

Below are some before and after shots of the trim.

This also worked for some scratches on the front and rear bumper.

Let me know if you have any questions!
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OK the million dollar question is;

In three posts you have stated that you have a 2011, 2012 & 2013 Pro-4X Xterra - So what year is it?

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OK the million dollar question is;

In three posts you have stated that you have a 2011, 2012 & 2013 Pro-4X Xterra - So what year is it?
Maybe he has 3 of them???
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Maybe he has 3 of them???
Its a conspiracy to hoard Xterra Pro 4X's - so the population is deprived of their greatness!
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I had good results with a heat gun as well BUT, it does not last. While it did last longer than any of the wipe on products I tried it still only kept them looking good for a few months.
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I had good results with a heat gun as well BUT, it does not last. While it did last longer than any of the wipe on products I tried it still only kept them looking good for a few months.
I saw a few people that did this said it dried out the plastic and when it faded again it was even worse than before, was that the case in your experience?
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I used a turtle wax trim restore that has (mostly) survived the car wash and rain thus far. Way better than paste/cream stuff. Just spray onto a microfiber cloth and apply. It doesn't leave residue in hard to reach places and goes on evenly. Yes, the morning dew made it run a little in some spots. But that won't be an issue once I close on the new house

I'm far to OCD and lazy to do the heat gun thing. I'd rather re-apply the spray once a month.

OR just bedline everything.
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OR just bedline everything.
This. Bedliner is my Xterra's best friend
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I've used Meguiar's "Back to Black" for years with good results. Recently used it to "restore" my 2009 Frontier to prep it for sale. Seems to work! The worst area was the plastic panel under the windshield wipers. It was very white, but within the amout of effort I felt like expending it looks acceptable black again (except for the air intake grills).
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AMEN. Been going conservatively crazy with the stuff lately.

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I've used Meguiar's "Back to Black" for years with good results. Recently used it to "restore" my 2009 Frontier to prep it for sale. Seems to work! The worst area was the plastic panel under the windshield wipers. It was very white, but within the amout of effort I felt like expending it looks acceptable black again (except for the air intake grills).
I used back to black on the panel under the wipers. It only made it blotchy. That might be user error but I really hate the creamy stuff like that. I really need to take the time and remove that panel to do it right.
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