Thread: How to Revive Faded Plastic
03-22-2010, 09:06 PM #1
How to Revive Faded Plastic
Faded plastic is not only sign of old age and neglect on a ski, but it also can be a great eyesore as well. Over time UV light penetrations cause the factory paints and plastics to lose their original sheen. Many of these plastic pieces on jetski's can be revived using whats called the "heat gun" method. The procedure is easy and I have found it works best on dark hard plastic pieces such as gunwale bumpers, handlebar protectors, mirrors, and grabhandles. It is important to remember that not all pieces are good candidates for this method. I usually check an inconspicuos area before I proceed with performing the procedure on the whole piece.
To do this you need a few things:
1. Heat Gun - Adjusted to Medium Setting
2. Bucket of cold water (to dip parts in after they have been treated)
3. Aluminum Foil (to deflect heat from areas that you are not reviving)
Whenever I perform this I always do my parts in sections and move in a steady horizontal pattern sweeping row to row. Ideally it's best that a part is removed from the ski before being worked on but if it can't be removed then place tinfoil around parts which you don't want to heat up such as gelcoat and paint which will cause it to burn/crack. With your gun set to medium setting 2 inches away from the piece continue with the sweeping motion until the plastic begins to shine. Do not stay in one place too long or you risk damage to the piece or others around it. Do this until every part of the section is complete, then dip the piece in cold water and repeat until all other sections are finished.
Its important to remember that:
* This does not work on gelcoat or paint and will damage it
* You may distort the shape of the part if you touch or bend it while its hot
* You may also wipe the parts down with an armor all wipe for enhanced appearance, but each picture here is shown without such treatment
Attached are some pictures of transformed parts.
03-22-2010, 09:10 PM #2
Heat Gun Method
03-23-2010, 06:14 AM #3
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I had heard this, but never seen pics, thanks!
03-23-2010, 08:17 AM #4
03-23-2010, 08:51 AM #5
Adam beautiful job
Having worked in the plastics industry for several years, I have become familiar with some finishing sprays, these do some amazing stuff to plastic. http://www.tech-sales.com/Plastic_Flaw_Repair.htm
03-23-2010, 06:27 PM #6
Thank you everyone for your positive feedback. I just felt that I have extracted so much knowledge and insight from this site that I am obligated to contribute - what little I know - back to the members. I also think that a ski that looks better runs better.
03-23-2010, 06:43 PM #7
How to Restore Faded Plastic
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