restoring faded rear plastic side panels

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    You might try vinyl paint. I have had pretty good luck with it. Very durable. Some colors of it cover better than others. You might try it on the back side first. Oreilly sells it.
     
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      interesting, thnks. Am trying not to paint it though. Will be last resort - have used cheaper Krylon Plastic paint on other stuff with good results. Got all winter to mess with it I guess..
       
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      I agree with the vinyl paint. SEM makes great stuff. Use the prep stuff (or whatever they call it). And make sure you clean, clean, clean first. I changed door panels from red to black about 5 years ago and they still look great.
       
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      Yeah, I used the vinyl paint on a boat seat. Lasted for 30 years without degrading. Cleaning is definitely the key.
       
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      SEM makes good products. As some one stated above, use their prep products and follow the directions.
      Often times you can get a close match in an aerosol or have the color mixed. Best choice for variety would
      be an automotive paint store.
       
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      just straight plastic? There is a rubber/plastic refinisher that works like magic on rubber bumpers.
      TriNova-Plastic-And-Trim-Restorer-825x1024.jpg
      Meguiars-G15812-Ultimate-Black-Plastic-Restorer-448x1024.jpg
       
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        BTW, used some VHT Vinyl Dye with super results on soft vinyl like my sun visors and a motorcycle seat - really good stuff fwiw. With this type hard plastic though, I really want to get it right with correct paint if I do it. Someone suggested using a good metal polish first to see if the mild abrasive in it could bring out a shine/luster. Might try that first. Some of these projects with hard to locate parts you sorta get one shot at it and risk screwing it up worse..Incidentally the Classic Industries include a caveat they are not an exact match for the orginals on a Barracuda,but gotta say they look pretty darn nice anyway.
         
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        well FWIW -using some meguiars a281f009-3b28-43a7-ba94-a768b5156990_1.6e8973d5097e345c55ec3e3f1828d763.jpg and though it's for made for clear plastic, with a fair amount of effort it seems to be taking out all the crud and leaving a very clean glossy finish I will add some wax to. surprised. Must be layers and layers of dirt and wax on there...
         
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          900 dollars for a dart part that isn't correct for b'cuda , then the chromed plastic trim pieces sold separately. That's a lot of incentive to make the correct originals look new.
          They should match the doors. Below the trim is a lower gloss like the vinyl. Above the trim a medium high gloss like the painted section of the door. OK they match the door painted metal again at the bottom but I wouldn't be highly concerned with the finish down there. Very little of it shows. I don't know that they used 2 different paints though. The texture or lack of would create 2 different finishes to the eye.
          I found a way to use the stainless trim piece form a door on the rear panels. One piece from either door cut in half is enough length to do both rear panels. The OEM plastic never exactly matched the stainless anyway.
          A lot of labor in modifying this piece of stainless. Not for everyone I'm sure.
           
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          buffing up pretty good = may be I 'll get some pics