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« Reply #225 on: 06/30/09 09:35 AM »

I must put it on heavier than everybody else, it took each coat well over 2 or 3 hours to get past that tacky stage. We have a lot of cottonwood trees around here so there were little fuzzy floaty things stuck to the first coat. Don't mess with it until it's totally dried and they wipe right off. All in all it looks better but my sails aren't as black as the saddlebags and covers. I think I'm going to try a dye on the sails when this wears off. I'm also seriously considering painting it all and making an Escalanche and not have to keep messing with it.

Well mine was tacky to the touch for a few hours after I was done with the 3rd coat, but not that "inital" tacky after you put it on.   

I think the "perfect" way of applying it and get and even finish would be to "dip" each piece or airbrush it on (having the pieces removed from the truck first)...you would have a nice even coat, and prob only have to do it once over.

I actually thought about painting mine too.   

But I think Im gonna wait a while and just paint the entire truck when I do it. Just for a few look.  Anyone else had an autoshop paint their cladding?  Did you smooth out the texture and go smooth or just have it prepped and paint?
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« Reply #226 on: 07/05/09 10:36 AM »

Another RR convert here.  Thumbs up!

Thanks to the many of you who have done this before. I tell you, this Forum is awesome. I got to see the results and learn from you before getting down to business.

It took a bit to find the product, but the Ontario Sales rep pointed me to a chemical store local to me and within 10 days I had it.
My 2003 was very faded - almost grey and now it is a nice dark charcol colour. Maybe not black, but certainly a huge step from where it was. I absolutely luv this stuff  love and think it was worth every penny.

Once I get enough posts, I will send out some pic's
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« Reply #227 on: 07/05/09 12:12 PM »

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« Reply #228 on: 07/30/09 01:56 PM »

Can you use this stuff on the interior plastic? I bought some denatured alcohol to get all the Armor All off mine and want something better to use. I was going to try the F22 and see how that does.
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« Reply #229 on: 07/30/09 08:57 PM »

Can you use this stuff on the interior plastic? I bought some denatured alcohol to get all the Armor All off mine and want something better to use. I was going to try the F22 and see how that does.

It is NOT recommended for use on the interior... the fumes alone could make you quite ill...   hurl
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« Reply #230 on: 07/31/09 06:27 AM »

Thanks, I just had the Av gatorback on it looks awesome. I just wanted to get the interior cleaned. I spent almost 6 weeks in Cali, up in the mountains. They are having a water shortage so I could not clean my Av properly. So now I have all that dirt and crap I need to get cleaned out of it. Armor All looks great but It attracts dust really bad, and living next to a field cause a lot of problems.
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« Reply #231 on: 08/02/09 06:50 PM »

Just applied the Refinish Restorer today and wished I would have done the before & after pics but mine wasn't as bad as some of these here.

This stuff is the cat's meow!  It rocks!!

If your cladding is faded or tiger striping, get some RR, you wont be disappointed.

It's so easy to use and looks AVesome
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« Reply #232 on: 08/04/09 09:59 AM »

I own a 2002.  I've always taken good care of my vehicles but with the cladding looking all discolored and faded my truck was looking pretty sad.  I'm talking about the cladding being almost white.  It was horrible.  I always wax my truck so the finish is very glossy (still looking like new for a 2002) but the faded cladding took away the good looks.  2 weeks ago I finally decided to give RR a try.  Got it on ebay for 35 bucks. 

I went over the back panels 3 times with a waxing pad.  I was amazed.  The damn things look like new.  Did a couple of coats on the rest of the truck and I tell you what, this thing kicks ass.  I'm in love with my 7 year old truck again.  The cladding is shiny and very dark.  Not to mention it poured the day after I applied it and the rain did not affect the cladding at all.  The water beads big time.

Do yourself a favor and get some RR.  It is easy to apply and you'll be amazed at the results.  I'm not sure how long the dark shiny looks are going to last but I won't be surprised if months, perhaps a year.  I remember back in 2002 when I first bought the truck, all the comments I got from people who loved the looks and style of the vehicle.  I'm getting comments again after 7 years.  RR rocks! 
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« Reply #233 on: 08/04/09 02:05 PM »

I own a 2002.  I've always taken good care of my vehicles but with the cladding looking all discolored and faded my truck was looking pretty sad.  I'm talking about the cladding being almost white.  It was horrible.  I always wax my truck so the finish is very glossy (still looking like new for a 2002) but the faded cladding took away the good looks.  2 weeks ago I finally decided to give RR a try.  Got it on ebay for 35 bucks. 

I went over the back panels 3 times with a waxing pad.  I was amazed.  The damn things look like new.  Did a couple of coats on the rest of the truck and I tell you what, this thing kicks ass.  I'm in love with my 7 year old truck again.  The cladding is shiny and very dark.  Not to mention it poured the day after I applied it and the rain did not affect the cladding at all.  The water beads big time.

Do yourself a favor and get some RR.  It is easy to apply and you'll be amazed at the results.  I'm not sure how long the dark shiny looks are going to last but I won't be surprised if months, perhaps a year.  I remember back in 2002 when I first bought the truck, all the comments I got from people who loved the looks and style of the vehicle.  I'm getting comments again after 7 years.  RR rocks! 


Very good description.  I've used it as well as my dad and brother.  We are all very satiesfied. 
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« Reply #234 on: 08/04/09 03:32 PM »

This stuff is great...  I had to have my dad order some through the body shop he works for cause no one around here carried it...  It holds up awesome. 
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« Reply #235 on: 08/30/09 05:49 AM »

hello all,
i've been frustrated for years regarding the appearance of the cladding on my '02 2500. the truck is used primarily for towing and as such, is parked in an outside storage facility. the sun has certainly taken it's toll.
after following many threads regarding this issue, i decided to take the plunge and try the refinish restorer product.
well, like the rest of you i am very impressed. i applied 2 coats yesterday and the cladding looks like new again. i will say that you most definitely MUST apply this stuff outdoors as the odors are very strong.
i used latex gloves, 1 wax applicator cotton pad, and a couple q-tips to apply. i was curious why there are no instructions on the can on how to use or apply. a bit wierd i think but thanks to this forum, i followed your advice and am now very proud of the truck's apppearance.
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« Reply #236 on: 08/30/09 11:59 AM »

I found these directions in a brochure while researching on line.

APPLICATION
1. Surfaces to be sealed need to be clean and free of oil and grease. Any yellowing or staining on gelcoat and
other plastic surfaces needs to be removed with a cleaner. The surface should be thoroughly rinsed with
water. Metallic surfaces should be thoroughly degreased. Application on white surfaces can result in a slight
colour change.
2. After initial treatment the surface should be thoroughly dried before the Refinish Restorer is applied.
3. Refinish Restorer cannot be applied onto very warm surfaces or in direct sunlight.
4. Refinish Restorer is applied evenly, using a soft flat brush or a lint free cloth, until the pores are filled.
5. Refinish Restorer should take effect 5 to 10 minutes after application. Any liquid Refinish Restorer can be
brushed over a more porous area.
6. After a maximum of 10 minutes any excess oil should be removed with an absorbent lint free cloth or a soft
pad, otherwise it can only be removed with a suitable stain remover. Liquid Refinish Restorer can be removed
using a turpentine substitute.
7. If necessary repeat steps 4 to 6.
8. When a high degree of shine is required, the surfaces treated with Refinish Restorer can be polished with a
non abrasive wax.
9. Metallic surfaces are not very porous and must therefore treated with a very fine wire wool soaked in Refinish
Restorer. Excess oil must be removed after about 15 minutes. The surface can be than be polished with a lint
free cloth for a greater shine.
Cleaning Tools: Use turpentine substitute
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« Reply #237 on: 08/30/09 08:02 PM »

I own a 2002.  I've always taken good care of my vehicles but with the cladding looking all discolored and faded my truck was looking pretty sad.  I'm talking about the cladding being almost white.  It was horrible.  I always wax my truck so the finish is very glossy (still looking like new for a 2002) but the faded cladding took away the good looks.  2 weeks ago I finally decided to give RR a try.  Got it on ebay for 35 bucks. 

I went over the back panels 3 times with a waxing pad.  I was amazed.  The damn things look like new.  Did a couple of coats on the rest of the truck and I tell you what, this thing kicks ass.  I'm in love with my 7 year old truck again.  The cladding is shiny and very dark.  Not to mention it poured the day after I applied it and the rain did not affect the cladding at all.  The water beads big time.

Do yourself a favor and get some RR.  It is easy to apply and you'll be amazed at the results.  I'm not sure how long the dark shiny looks are going to last but I won't be surprised if months, perhaps a year.  I remember back in 2002 when I first bought the truck, all the comments I got from people who loved the looks and style of the vehicle.  I'm getting comments again after 7 years.  RR rocks! 


I used Refinish Restorer 2 weeks ago and stopped by here to let everyone know how satisified I am.  After reading Warlock's post I decided he explained it perfectly and there was nothing to be added.   Thumbs up!  Thumbs up!

Vlanche, I read your post as well, and although that information is probably accurate I am not sure if you were posting that as a heads up or to question its use.  Huh  All I can say is that the label explains it has several uses, and as such will have several various ways to be applied with their own methods and cautions.  Applying to plastic will be different than when applying to metal.  If there is a concern I feel comfortable reassuring that Refinish Restorer works, and several members started using it about 2 years ago.  I have not heard anything negative about its use on the cladding.

Refinish Restorer is awesome!
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« Reply #238 on: 09/23/09 12:44 PM »

How good does this hold up in the rain bc i have a 02 dark green and everything i put on it runs down the side i hate that armor dillo stuff i dont want to put it on evey week Thanks Iam new
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« Reply #239 on: 09/23/09 02:16 PM »

How good does this hold up in the rain bc i have a 02 dark green and everything i put on it runs down the side i hate that armor dillo stuff i dont want to put it on evey week Thanks Iam new
Once it is properly dried (cured) it won't run in the rain. I know of a few members who did the RR over 9 months ago and it is still holding up. Just don't apply it on very humid days or if rain is in the forcast and the truck is kept outside.
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« Reply #240 on: 09/23/09 05:04 PM »

I put mine on Sunday around 12:00. I waited 2 hours to put on the second coat and let it sit overnight in the garage. It took a little longer to dry than most report here because of all of the rain and high humidity we are having here in Mississippi. It has sat outside in the rain all this week at work through numerous rainstorms. It has probably had 3 to 4 inches dumped on it this week. I noticed this afternoon when I left work that it was still nice and black with no runs.

I will post pics when I can get home and it is not raining!

BTW, I was just looking for some for a friend at work and noticed Ditchek now has it on sale for $39.95. That's $5 off of what I paid 2 weeks ago. I am still happy I did not wait though. The results are outstanding and I now swear by this stuff.

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« Reply #241 on: 09/23/09 06:14 PM »

Thanks guy i order it today so i hope i can put it on this weekend.
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« Reply #242 on: 10/08/09 06:51 AM »

OK, I found another use for this stuff... headlights.  Mine were getting yellow so I said why not?  It cleared them up and so far after a month, they are still clear.
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« Reply #243 on: 10/08/09 07:11 AM »

OK, I found another use for this stuff... headlights.  Mine were getting yellow so I said why not?  It cleared them up and so far after a month, they are still clear.

Are you serious?  Mine left headlight is turning as well.  I've been contemplating on whether to have someone restore them for me or buy one of those headlight restoration kits.  I may give that a try.
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« Reply #244 on: 10/08/09 07:51 AM »

Does anyone know if it does hurt your paint? I got some on my paint and got scared but nothing happened. I was just wondering because I hate blue taping the whole truck to do it.

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« Reply #245 on: 10/09/09 08:27 AM »

It doesn't hurt the paint but will dry on it.  Wipe it off before it sets up.  If it does set up, use some alcohol to remove it.
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« Reply #246 on: 11/06/09 06:01 PM »

I bought the restorer and didn't go on as evenly as I thought.  Don't use a cloth towel.  Leaves cotten lint that I can't get off.  How did you apply it?
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« Reply #247 on: 11/06/09 06:05 PM »

I used a foam pad, was fast and easy, no lint chevy
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« Reply #248 on: 11/06/09 07:01 PM »

Are you serious?  Mine left headlight is turning as well.  I've been contemplating on whether to have someone restore them for me or buy one of those headlight restoration kits.  I may give that a try.
did that to the honda, and a buddies car.   Worked great.  My honda a year later seems worse now.   It was just sitting in the back yard for 7 months straight though
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« Reply #249 on: 11/06/09 07:16 PM »

did that to the honda, and a buddies car.   Worked great.  My honda a year later seems worse now.   It was just sitting in the back yard for 7 months straight though

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