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Best way to restore engine bay rubber peices?

I've tried researching but cannot find a good way to restore rubber peices in the bay like vaccume lines radiator hoses etc. Restore as in they are faded and pale and I want that deep black back the hoses are still in good condtion so I'd hate to pay to replace them. I've read up someone using Powersteering fluid but had no feedback. Sorry if this has been covered before I just can't seem to find it.
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Re: Best way to restore engine bay rubber peices?

Use the same stuff that shines up the outside trim on the bottom of the car. worked for me before.
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Re: Best way to restore engine bay rubber peices?

silicone spray, or any rubber/vinyl dressing that contains silicone.
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Re: Best way to restore engine bay rubber peices?

creamy peanut butter works better than anything else on those black plastic side skirts, fyi. i've never tried it on rubber and i don't think it would work.
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Re: Best way to restore engine bay rubber peices?

I used trim restorer and it worked awesome just doesn't last long and after the shine is gone it just attracts dust. I may look into the silcone spray thanks. And idk about the peanut butter lol.
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Re: Best way to restore engine bay rubber peices?

I know that GUNK makes an Engine Shine. But im not 100% sure if it will work well with rubber hoses.
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Re: Best way to restore engine bay rubber peices?

i was talking to somebody in pepboys like a month ago, he uses black magic engine degreaser, to get everything clean, and then he uses the gunk engine shine for the black parts of the engine, and the hoses, he recommended it, i never used it, but its worth a shot
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Re: Best way to restore engine bay rubber peices?

Peanut butter works to remove waxes and other dressings to trim pieces, it does not dress it. You would still have to top it with something.

And the guy works at Pepboys, I don't know if I would trust him for your detailing needs. I have used the Gunk products. Don't get me wrong, the products do work, but the dressings do not last long. In my opinion, after a while the plastics/rubbers looked worse over time then before dressing them. Silicone dressings will make them look "wet" for a short time, but in the engine bay where it gets to the extreme range of the products temperature ratings, won't last long, and you would have to keep dressing it.
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Re: Best way to restore engine bay rubber peices?

I'll look into that GUNK it's worth a shot I only used the trim restorer before meets I just didn't like how the dust got on it so quickly. Does GUNK attract dust?
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Re: Best way to restore engine bay rubber peices?

You could just use old oil on a rag. haha
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Re: Best way to restore engine bay rubber peices?

x2 for the peanut butter. The oils soak into porous surfaces like side skirts and rejuvinate to almost new looking. it last a while too. The hoses are porous, so it "may" work...
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Re: Best way to restore engine bay rubber peices?

Hm I may try the peanut butter on some old vaccume lines to see how it works.
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Re: Best way to restore engine bay rubber peices?

the guy who told me didnt work at pepboys, we were there for the same things, and started talking products lol. but everyone has their opinions
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