Bumpers, Tyres & Trim — All You Need to Know
If you take pride in your car, you want to make it shine from top to bottom – and the first thing you probably focus on is the paintwork.
Cleaning and waxing your car will keep it protected and looking like new, but if you neglect your tyres and trim you could let down the appearance of your whole car and impact its resale value.
Tyres, plastic bumpers and trim have a tendency to fade from shiny black to dull grey over time — something which can make even the newest cars appear ten years older. The sun’s UV rays can bleach the plastic and diminish the rich, black colour of your car’s tyres and trim, while scuffs and scratches can make them look old and damaged.
It’s worth spending some time on your tyres and bumpers to make your car look as good as new.
Use the Right Products
Using car shampoo on bumpers and tyres will clean them, but it won’t tackle the other problems you face. You need to be using dedicated tyre and bumper products as well, which are specially developed for the surfaces. Look for products which offer protection rather than just restoring the look of bumper and tyres, otherwise they will get damaged again quickly and you’ll just have to keep working on them. A good protective product should give you long lasting results and a shiny finish.
Back to Black Tyres in 2 Easy Steps
Here’s how to restore your tyre’s appearance in two simple steps.
Step 1: Clean and Dry the Wheels
Before applying any restorative products, it’s important to make sure the tyre is completely clean, particularly on the sidewall where the product will be applied. If you want to clean your alloys while you’re working on your wheels, use a specialist alloy cleaner – Simoniz Ultracare doesn’t corrode your alloys even if they’re scuffed, so you can use it even on old wheels. Spray it on first and let it soak in for a few minutes.
Using a pressure washer (or hose if you don’t have access to one), give the tyres a good blast, making sure to get right under the wheel arch to remove dirt and debris. If you want your wheels to look their showroom best, it’s also a good idea to use a wire brush to remove brake dust and other dirt from the alloys themselves.
Once you’re happy the wheels are completely clean, dry them with a microfibre cloth or chamois, or else wait for them to dry naturally.
Step 2: Apply A Tyre Care Product
We recommend Simoniz Back to Black Tyre Shine, or alternatively Back to Black Wet Look Tyre Shine depending on the kind of finish you want. Back to Black Tyre Shine comes in handy thanks to its easy to use aerosol spray, which provides even coverage.
When you’re applying the Tyre Shine, hold the container around 15cm from the tyre and spray in slow, smooth strokes. The product will get to work instantly, and there’s no need to rub it in. Simply leave it to dry, and the deep black finish of your tyres will be restored, with long-lasting results and a durable finish.
Back to Black Bumpers and Trim in 3 Easy Steps
Below, we offer step-by-step advice on getting your bumpers back to black.
Step 1: Wash & Dry the Car
Start by giving the car a good clean using high quality car shampoo. This will remove any dirt, debris and grease from bumpers and trim, ensuring a clean, smooth surface on which to work. Once you’re happy the car is completely clean from boot to bonnet, dry it off with a soft microfibre cloth or chamois.
Step 2: Remove Surface Oxidisation
Before applying any products, first you’ll need to remove any and all oxidisation from your car’s plastic trim. Oxidisation leaves plastic surfaces looking faded and white, so it’s important to remove it for the best results.
To remove oxidisation, scour the plastic with a piece of wire wool in a circular motion, taking care not to touch the paintwork. Any oxidisation should lift off easily, leaving the plastic smooth and ready for you to treat it.
Step 3: Apply a Bumper or Trim Care Product
Unlike some bumper restorers, which come in pourable liquid form, Simoniz Back to Black Bumper Shine is a spray product — making for simple and easy application. The easy-to-use spray means you won’t need an applicator cloth, and can apply the formula exactly where it’s needed without worrying about staining other areas of the car. We also offer a Back to Black Trim Restorer, also available as a spray, or as a cream for a Jet Black finish, depending on your preferences.
Making sure the plastic trim is clean, dry and free from oxidisation, hold the can 10cm away and begin spraying in a fluid motion, taking care to cover every inch of the surface. Once done, the product will get to work instantly, with no further action required — how easy is that?
Once you’ve covered all of your car’s plastic trims, and the product has dried thoroughly, you’ll be left with bumpers that look shiny and new. And, thanks to the long-lasting level of protection offered by Back to Black, you won’t need to worry about your bumpers fading for the foreseeable future.
Simoniz has a heritage of protective shine, and our products are guaranteed to make it easy for you to keep your car looking its best. To find out more, or browse our complete product range, visit the Simoniz website.