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    Grab Bar Repair

    I want to bring back the color on a faded grab bar...I did a search on this and really didn't find anything. I did come across a post about using a heat gun to bring back the color on a sponson...so I assume this might work on a grab bar as well. I've used a heat gun on some black rub rails before to remove scuffs and scratches. Can anyone let me know what they have done or any thoughts on what you would try? Thanks!


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    Heat gun works great for all hard plastics.

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    I couldn't believe it but it works great. On my first try I did have the heat gun too high and created a little ditortion on the plastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JetskiMN View Post
    I want to bring back the color on a faded grab bar...I did come across a post about using a heat gun to bring back the color on a sponson...so I assume this might work on a grab bar as well. I've used a heat gun on some black rub rails before to remove scuffs and scratches. Can anyone let me know what they have done or any thoughts on what you would try? Thanks!
    Quote Originally Posted by ph2ocraft View Post
    I couldn't believe it but it works great. On my first try I did have the heat gun too high and created a little distortion on the plastic.
    That is the number one temptation with heat guns; too much heat too fast, or tip too close to the work, or heat concentrated onto a small area, often causes poor results.

    Have lots of patience, use the lowest heat output that will do the job, and keep that tip moving around. Bring the target area up to heat evenly and slowly, and watch for changes on the surface. When you are getting close to the surface temps you need, just keep that tip moving around, and it should work well to get the result you want.

    If you have something you can practice on, that is really helpful. Perhaps the back side of the grab bar mounting area?

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    Heat gun it is....thanks for the input guys! I'll post some before and after pics when I get time to do it.

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    If you have something you can practice on, that is really helpful. Perhaps the back side of the grab bar mounting area?
    Or your neighbor's bumper cover on his Lexus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bent View Post
    Or your neighbor's bumper cover on his Lexus.

    no worrys mate , its just a fancy yota

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    All you do is apply heat and the colors will get bright?

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    ya it will take off graphics to apply a little heat and then peal away , but if you use it on rub rails , it will bring the plastic's oil back up to the surface and bamo you have nice rub rails again

    be carefull guys on my cheapo gun its says the gas created by the guns cuase cancer and birth defects , so try a souped up hair dryer or let your gun break in ,

    oh ya only department of health of cali says the cancer and defects part ,

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    Quote Originally Posted by SantaCruz163 View Post
    All you do is apply heat and the colors will get bright?
    Quote Originally Posted by 97sltx1050 View Post
    ya it will take off graphics to apply a little heat and then peal away , but if you use it on rub rails , it will bring the plastic's oil back up to the surface and bamo you have nice rub rails again
    be carefull guys on my cheapo gun its says the gas created by the guns cuase cancer and birth defects , so try a souped up hair dryer or let your gun break in ,
    oh ya only department of health of cali says the cancer and defects part ,
    Just to be clear here, we are talking about electric heat guns, not flames and torches.

    Keep the heat levels moderate and keep the gun moving.
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