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The best DIY methods for restoring your car’s plastic trim

The best DIY methods for restoring your car's plastic trim

The easiest way to restore faded plastic bumpers is to buy a can or bottle plastic upholstery repairer from your favorite auto parts store or online store. Most are easy to apply and require almost no elbow grease, although most are also pricey at about $15 to $40 a bottle. The usual instructions are to wash the plastic parts with soapy water, wipe dry, apply the product and rub lightly. In most cases, repeated or periodic treatments are required to maintain that coveted, near-new look.

If your plastic bumpers are heavily weathered and show signs of folding, shrinking, large cracks or deep scratches, it may be best to replace them altogether. But if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, there are DIY solutions that are worth trying, but it’s essential to contain your expectations from the start. The restoration methods below are ideal for slightly damaged surfaces. The steps should only take a few minutes and most require only essential household items.