Car is 2007 Honda Civic black. Paint is great but the cowl molding at the base of the windshield looks faded and sun washed. What is the best product to renew the original black color? Which one lasts?
I was VERY impressed with 3D Trim Care Protectant. A bottle is fifteen bucks and will last a long long time. Used this on my moms 04 CRV, alot of faded plastic, worked perfectly. Not greasy when applied correctly and lasts through heavy rain for months. Cant say enough about this stuff.
Poorboys Trim Restorer will do what you want and inexpensively. Depending on how badly faded the trim is it may take more than one application initially. Thoroughly clean the area first and plan to re-apply as needed. None of these type of products are permanent.
I've had decent luck with just regular Mothers Back to Black. It seems to last okay with several applications spaced out several weeks apart and then continued maintenance with a vinyl and rubber protectant.
Be careful with dyes, Ive read where forever black is hard to get a uniform color and some end up with streaks and drip looking marks.
I've used Forever Black on several moldings and trims on multiple vehicles. Always looks great when finished. Avoid it on the paint - it can be removed, but it's difficult.
I regularly use it on my truck's exposed LineX liner (on the bed rails) and mirrors. It lasts a really long time, but I touch up about every year.
Bondo Restore Black! It comes in a kit with an applicator and a bottle of black pigmented gel type liquid. Works great on black plastic trim and lasts quite a while. It DOES have black pigment, so it only works on black plastic trim, but should be perfect for your wiper cowl. My friends couldn't believe I didn't paint mine... Having mentioned that, I recently bought an airbrush, and supposedly airbrushing the black plastic trim is a good solution. I'll find out after I test it somewhere less obvious with some semi flat black.