How to restore black plastic on your car

Written on the 20 August 2020

There are two areas of plastics on your car:

  1. Internal (window trims, car dashboard, instrument controls etc.)
  2. External (such as door trims, bumpers, mirrors etc.)

Over time, external black plastics on cars can become deteriorated, grey, and faded. This is usually due to climate factors such as sun, wind, rain, and dirt. Run-down plastics can harm the car's appearance and ultimately result in a lower resale value for your car. This can also be said for the internal plastics within the car; however, the inside of cars tend to suffer mostly from cracking and fading due to UV rays and poor upkeep.

So what is the best way to maintain and protect your car's plastics?

There are no specific secrets to maintaining the look of your car's plastics. The key is to simply clean them regularly and use protective products to prevent deterioration and bring the plastic surfaces back to life with a shiny finish. Here are a few tips that will help:

  • Regularly clean the car's plastic the surface with a soapy sponge. It is important to wipe the area dry and use a microfibre cloth to ensure all the residue is removed and there are no streaks left noticeable on the plastic.
  • There are specific products for internal and external. Ensure you purchase the correct product. It is important to research the different brands, as some brands only enhance the grey to a shinny grey, some products will change the faded grey to black. Some products will last only 1 week; whereas some will last up to 1 month. You can purchase these products from car accessories stores or car accessories areas within chain stores.
  • If you are applying a product to the external plastics, ensure that you do not get the product on the paint work or glass. Some products can affect the paint work!



It is important to keep up the maintenance of the plastics, this will help keep the dirt, dust and debris at a minimum.  It will also help prevent cracking, fading, discoloration and premature aging.

Ultimately it will keep your vehicle with a beautiful shine!

If you have a vehicle that has some plastics that are beyond just maintenance, we can help you at BumperTech. We can come out to you and give you a quote. Getting your car's scratches, scuffs and scrapes repaired by us gives peace of mind and ultimately value for money as our work comes with a five-year warranty.



The Bumper Bar had scratches and stress cracks in the paint due to a low impact collision to a bollard at the local shopping centre.

All the work was completed at Victor's home within 3 hours saving him time and no insurance claim was needed saving him money.

, Carindale, Brisbane

Hi Bumpertech,

I have just had my car  (Honda Civic) repaired / minor scraches and dent on rear guard and door.

Carlos was amazing! Please pass on my congratulations to him (and Bumpertech) for a superb job. I was impressed by his professionalism, attention to detail and his cheery and friendly attitude. I will certainly recommend your services, but especially recommend Carlos as a valued representative/tradesman of Bumpertech.

A happy customer!


I would like to personally thank Matthew for the quick response to the issues regarding my Subaru Forester he was very understanding and courteous after he left I washed the Forester and it is back to showroom condition

I have worked in the Motor trade for over 50 years and retired now

Matthew is a Real Asset to your Company

Kind regards,

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