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How-to Refresh Your Car's Trim

When it comes to car detailing, you want every part of your car to be perfect. Your trim shouldn't be any different! Tired of faded and dull trim? Is the trim making your car look years older than it actually is? Don't settle for tired, old trim, refresh that finish with Pinnacle Car Care products! With these six easy-to-use products, you will have your trim looking like new in no time.

First things first... what is trim and why does it look this way?

trim restore before and after pictures

For those of you don't know, trim is the plastic, vinyl or rubber pieces between and around your painted panels. You may remember that they had a deep, bold black look when you first got your car, but now they are faded and dull. Well, thanks for our friend the sun, your dark, vinyl, plastic or rubber trim is being heavily hit with UV rays causing oxidation which leads to dulling, fading and cracking. Rain, snow and other environmental contaminants also pose a threat to your trim. Luckily, there are products out there in the Pinnacle line that will help bring your trim back to life and prevent these problems from ever happening again in the future.

Here is what you need!

  • Pinnacle Black Label Diamond Surface Prep Spray
  • Pinnacle Black Label Ceramic Trim Restorer
  • Pinnacle Onyx Trim Restorer
  • 3 Microfiber Applicator Pads
  • 3 Black All Purpose & Wheel Detailing Towels OR 3 Blue All Purpose Detailing Towels
  • 1 Pair of Black Nitrile Gloves

Great, but what do they do exactly?

Pinnacle Black Label Diamond Surface Prep Spray:

pinnacle black label diamond prep spray

Pinnacle Black Label Diamond Surface Prep Spray is the first product you would use in your trim restoration detailing steps as it ensures you get the most out of your coating. Pinnacle Black Label Diamond Surface Prep Spray breaks down any oils, waxes or other types of residue that resides on your trim. Once these types of remaining residues are gone, your Pinnacle Black Label Ceramic Trim Restorer or your Pinnacle Onyx Trim Restorer can bond properly with the surface.

Pinnacle Black Label Ceramic Trim Restorer:

trim restore before and after

Pinnacle Black Label Ceramic Trim Restorer brings life back to your dull and faded black exterior trim. Pinnacle Black Label Ceramic Trim Restorer is a specialty dye-infused formula that will give your trim up to two years of ceramic-coated protection. Since Pinnacle Black Label Ceramic Trim Restorer is ceramic based, it will protect your trim against UV rays and other environmental hazards like bird droppings, bug guts, dirt and rain. Pinnacle Black Label Ceramic Trim Restorer will also bead and sheet water thanks to its hydrophobic abilities.

Microfiber Applicator Pads:

blue microfiber applicator

Now that you have all the restoration and prep products, you need something to apply the products with. Microfiber Applicator Pads have over 200,000 strands of advanced microfibers per square inch with an 80/20 polyester/polyamide blend of split weave fibers. What all that means is that you are guaranteed a smooth and even product application. The Microfiber Applicator Pads are also non-abrasive so you can use on surfaces like your trim.

Pinnacle Onyx Trim Restorer:

onyx trim restore

Renew your plastic and vinyl trim with the Pinnacle Onyx Trim Restorer. This matte finish trim restorer is designed to bring back your dull, hazy and discolored trim back to its original glory. Pinnacle Onyx Trim Restorer brings back the black that disappeared due to fading and oxidization. Pinnacle Onyx Trim Restorer dries quickly with a rich, deep finish that lasts up to six months, even with inclement weather.

All Purpose Microfiber Towels:

blue microfiber towel

All Purpose Microfiber Towels are quite literally great for ALL detailing purposes. Use All Purpose Microfiber Towels to buff your wheels, paint, glass, chrome, interior surfaces and trim to a brilliant finish. Plus, All Purpose Microfiber Towels come in a variety of colors to prevent cross-contamination. Microfiber towels are soft and absorbent that don't allow for any marring, just cleaning!

Black Nitrile Gloves:

black microfiber towel and black gloves

What gets on you, can get in you when it comes to any cleaning product (detailing ones included), so it is important to keep yourself protected. The Black Nitrile Gloves keep your hands protected from any chemicals they come across. While safety is key, the Black Nitrile Gloves are textured, still allowing you to grasp tools and bottles easily. These thick gloves are latex-free and powder-free, both important for your safety and from leaving residue on the car.

Here is how you use all the products to restore your trim!

Get Ready:

First, make sure you have all of your products and tools ready and that you are working on a cool surface and out of direct sunlight. This is norm with almost all detailing procedures!

Protect:

Next, to be cautious, put on a pair of Black Nitrile Gloves. These gloves will protect your hands from any products that may sling or drip your way. These gloves are easy to put on and take off, have a good grip and won't hinder your process in any way.

Prep:

Now, we are ready to prep the surface for a coating. To do this, we are going to use the Pinnacle Black Label Diamond Surface Prep Spray. This convenient spray bottle is easy-to-use as all you have to do is spray the Pinnacle Black Label Diamond Surface Prep Spray directly onto your trim and then wipe away the product with a Blue All Purpose Microfiber Towel or a Black All Purpose & Wheel Detailing Microfiber Towel. It's important to note that when wiping away residue, that each time you take a swipe, you are using a clean side of the towel to prevent reapplying the contamination. To best use your towel, fold the towel into fourths and with each swipe, switch to new a quarter.

Restore:

You have two options here depending on the type of trim restoration you are looking for. If you are looking for ceramic protection that will last longer and look great but will cost you more, than Pinnacle Black Label Ceramic Trim Restorer is for you. If you are looking for a product that will look great, be protected and is cost effective, but will require more applications then turn to Pinnacle Onyx Trim Restorer. Both truly great products that will get the job done of perfecting and protecting your trim. They both are applied in the same way! Apply a pea-sized drop of product to your Microfiber Applicator Pad and work into the surface of your trim in an even layer. Once evenly applied, lightly wipe away product with a Blue All Purpose Microfiber Towel or a Black All Purpose & Wheel Detailing Microfiber Towel. The same rules of wiping apply here as the did to the Pinnacle Black Label Diamond Surface Prep Spray. Use your best judgement as to when the Microfiber Applicator Pad needs to be switched to a new one. You will be able to tell by how saturated the pad is.

Finish:

It's critical that you allow the Pinnacle Black Label Ceramic Trim Restore to cure (settle) for three hours before driving and to keep it away from any contact with moisture for twelve hours. The Pinnacle Onyx Trim Restorer does not require any cure time. Other than that, enjoy your renewed jet-black finished trim!