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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Aug 14th, 19, 4:38 PM Thread Starter
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Help restoring Faded Fan Shroud

I bought this shroud to replace my broken and chipped up one. Any good way to restore back to some kind of black?

I found some Eastwood plastic stuff, it's almost $30 a can.

I don't want it all jacked up in a year if two, looking for something I can get to last.

Anything that has worked for you?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Aug 14th, 19, 11:12 PM
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Re: Help restoring Faded Fan Shroud

Clean it with soap and water, let it dry and I have used vinyl treatment to bring shrouds and other plastics back from looking like that, good luck!

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Re: Help restoring Faded Fan Shroud

On ones I was going to sell at a swap meet, I used to wash them up, and then spray clear plastic ignition spray on a lint free towel and rub it into the plastic. Can't say how long it lasted, but they sure looked great while I had them.

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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old Aug 15th, 19, 7:19 AM
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Re: Help restoring Faded Fan Shroud

Turtle Wax trim restorer. Or try a heat gun first.
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Re: Help restoring Faded Fan Shroud

We used the TW trim restorer on my son's 2001 FLA sun-baked Toyo pickup. Pretty impressive stuff.

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Re: Help restoring Faded Fan Shroud

Wonder what Mothers Back to Black would do on it. $6 Wallmart. I use it to clean up stuff in the engine bay.
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old Aug 15th, 19, 11:03 AM
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Re: Help restoring Faded Fan Shroud

The problem with any of the Trim Restorer solutions that I have found, they all leave a slight film, which is probably why they work well. And the film attracts dust. I suspect that if you use silicone spray on a rag, it is about the same thing. Also, if you keep re-applying when ever the plastic looks "dry" again. Eventually it seems to need it less and less. Like it "soaks in" but I doubt it does. I used it a lot on my 2006 Dodge Charger a few years back. The plastic at the base of the windshield turned light gray, and after weekly applications over a summer it was back to black. (like the A/C D/C song)
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I stand corrected, it was Mothers "Back to Black" we used. Ed, I actually laid it on thick, and it does absorb slightly. The third application seemed to "take" more permanently. I'd try it on a fan shroud.

The Toyo is in Denver now; shouldve given my son the tube ( which I have nothing to use it on), and dropped it off at Rob's. Free trial! ( he's working a landscaping job in Cherry Hill before he moves up to Vail for ski season).

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Re: Help restoring Faded Fan Shroud

S100 engine brightener works great. I restored the fan shroud and under hood AC box on my 72 with it. Still looks good after 2 years and 13k miles. Cleans easily with a damp cloth.





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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old Aug 15th, 19, 4:10 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Help restoring Faded Fan Shroud

Lots of good ideas.

I definitely have some Back to Black etc but it needs to dry 100%.
I could do a few tests on the bottom.

I put the S100 Engine Brightener in my Amazon cart for the next time I hit BUY.
It has all good reviews and @Philip vehicle speaks for itself.

Thanks guys.
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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 19, 6:22 PM Thread Starter
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Wow the S100 Engine Brightener did better than expected. I owe some pictures but the results made the shroud look 1000% better. Almost looks new.

Put one in your Amazon cart. Or look at local parts or motorcycle store.
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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 19, 7:19 PM
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I've been using S100 on the black wrinkle finish on Harley engines for years, it holds up to the heat coming off an air cooled motor for 1-2 years between applications. Good Stuff!

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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 19, 2:04 PM Thread Starter
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