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We've got a 2014 Ford Escape. It's got plastic body trim with a textured finish in a contrasting gray to the paint finish on the metal which is blue.
There's some off color "water" spots on the gray plastic trim.

How can I this address this and get them looking uniform with no spots? Seems like there is a black color product to "dress" the plastic
trim but is there a gray dressing available?
Who has used what successfully?
I was looking at this......

https://store.detailking.com/car-tri...black-and-gray
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We've got a 2014 Ford Escape. It's got plastic body trim with a textured finish in a contrasting gray to the paint finish on the metal which is blue.

There's some off color "water" spots on the gray plastic trim.



How can I this address this and get them looking uniform with no spots? Seems like there is a black color product to "dress" the plastic

trim but is there a gray dressing available?

Who has used what successfully?

I was looking at this......



https://store.detailking.com/car-tri...black-and-gray
Bumper Black or Back-to-Black should do it.

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This stuff is awesome...
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The trim is gray........ I'm thinking bumper "black" probably ain't gonna be too great.

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The trim is gray........ I'm thinking bumper "black" probably ain't gonna be too great.
It is just a conditioner. It has no dyes or paint. It restores the original color. It is something that should be used often to maintain any non painted plastic trim.

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The trim is gray........ I'm thinking bumper "black" probably ain't gonna be too great.
It works the same. It doesn’t care what the color is.

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+10 on Mothers Back to Black. No dyes. Works great.

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Any of those products, except the Detail King product you linked to, do not have dyes and are only dressings that will wash / wear off in short time.

Something with a dye is the way to go. I have never used that Detail King product but I have used a product on black plastic parts that is a dye and it worked great. I would order a bottle of that, get everything really clean, and do a test spot. What do you have to lose, it already looks bad.

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Painted my trim on an Explorer and an F-250 and never had to fool with it again.
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I use Adam’s products for detailing my cars. I’ve always been very happy. Take a look at https://adamspolishes.com/adam-s-sup...-dressing.html

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It works the same. It doesn’t care what the color is.
Patrick and Bill are right. "Back to Black" removes oxidation and contaminants rather than applying color. After you use it and allow it to dry thoroughly (maybe more than one application is necessary) whatever caused those spots should be pretty much gone. Then you can apply a dressing that will shine or matte the plastic as you see fit and it should look as good as new.
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