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Jetaway
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« on: August 17, 2015, 02:16:16 PM »

The plastic pieces on the B-Pillars of my Aztek have not taken kindly to high heat and cruddy air of California's Central Valley.  I may have hastened their demise years ago by using an incorrect plastic conditioner.  They are odd things -- not quite a soft plastic (interior and cladding) but not a hard, clear plastic (lights) either.  I used an early formulation of a soft plastic ointment, mostly on the driver's side pillar.  I do not name the product because it is, IMO, a great product that I use to this day, and knew I was taking a risk when I used it in the first place.

I finally decided to do something about it using the "can't get much worse looking" pretext.  (Before and after shots of each side are included.  I hope.Wink) I turned to the rattle-can version of Plasti-Dip.  I've used Plasti-Dip on my other car and with between four and six years of exposure on particle-impact surfaces (wiper arms) to road crap (hub caps) and interior baking (metal panel between windshield and padded dash covering has not faded nor chipped.  Looks exactly like when it was applied, as a matter of fact.  However, these were all applied to metal, whether it will adhere to this particular plastic is the question.

Preparation consisted of cleaning and, on the driver's side only, a light "scuffing" with 2000 (3M automotive) grit sandpaper.  And masking of course.Wink  Following product directions, I applied three light coats, allowing 35 to 45 minutes between each coating. 

So far, so good, methinks.  Does it look like they just came from the factory?  Absolutely not!  Plastic-Dip produces a textured surface so you don't get that shiny surface.  But it does look much better, and at least looks plausibly factory.  That is, it could have come from the factory with the Plasti-Dip finish and you would not have thought about it twice.

I'll report back in a few months on the aging process -- or if it turns out to be a disaster, I'll let the club know immediately.  Links, I hope, below.

Chris

http://aztekfanclub.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=5&pid=205#top_display_media

P.S.  It appears that if you click on the above link, you are taken to my gallery, at which point just use the arrows to see all the photos.
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2001 Aztek GT FWD
Black
Goes by the name of 'Stella.'
Sunroof, D.I.C., Leather Seats, 6-CD / 10 Speaker Pioneer System
A bit "throatier" exhaust system, otherwise stock.
A shade over 210,000 miles
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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2015, 07:19:25 AM »

Nice job, they look great - might try that myself. Thanks for posting!
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2015, 09:14:30 PM »

Nice job, they look great - might try that myself. Thanks for posting!

You are welcome. 

I'd like to include a one week after photo, but for the life of me I can't remember how to upload photos.  Anyway, after a commercial high-pressure car spray and a second week of heavy-duty sun -- looks exactly the same.  I'm feeling pretty good about it at this point.

Chris
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2001 Aztek GT FWD
Black
Goes by the name of 'Stella.'
Sunroof, D.I.C., Leather Seats, 6-CD / 10 Speaker Pioneer System
A bit "throatier" exhaust system, otherwise stock.
A shade over 210,000 miles
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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2015, 09:14:48 AM »

Five weeks on, Aztek not garaged, plenty of sunlight, crappy air from fires and the usual Central Valley suspects, and two high pressure car washes later -- the Plasti-Coat looks exactly as it did when I applied it.  Based on my experience using Plasti-Coat on my other car, I see no reason why it won't look the same five years down the road.

Chris

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2001 Aztek GT FWD
Black
Goes by the name of 'Stella.'
Sunroof, D.I.C., Leather Seats, 6-CD / 10 Speaker Pioneer System
A bit "throatier" exhaust system, otherwise stock.
A shade over 210,000 miles
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2016, 03:17:14 PM »

Another update,

Four and a half months in, no peeling, no fading. 

Chris

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2001 Aztek GT FWD
Black
Goes by the name of 'Stella.'
Sunroof, D.I.C., Leather Seats, 6-CD / 10 Speaker Pioneer System
A bit "throatier" exhaust system, otherwise stock.
A shade over 210,000 miles
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