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I purchased my 2021 Elite because I thought it was the best all around 2 row crossover out there for around $40K.
I really did not not purchase it for (in my opinion) its eye appeal. I've never owned a vehicle with so much unpainted exterior black pastic. Any recommendations on what one might use on the black plastic to allow it to shed,dirt, streaks and discoloration? Is there a specialty product for exterior unpainted black plastic? Thanks.
 

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I use a good ph neutral car wash, a quality microfiber wash pad, and use a product with UV inhibitor to protect and keep looking new.
 
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I have been using this and it’s great. It works on all surfaces and can be used as a waterless wash and wax. Leaves a nice sheen on the plastic trim pieces and leaves everything super slick. I just tried the interior cleaner/protector. All the products that I have tried from them work great and smell great.
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I have been using this and it’s great. It works on all surfaces and can be used as a waterless wash and wax. Leaves a nice sheen on the plastic trim pieces and leaves everything super slick. I just tried the interior cleaner/protector. All the products that I have tried from them work great and smell great.
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Thank you. I'll check it out.
 

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My 2021 Passport started fading on the plastic trim above the front bumper. It kept getting worse, so Honda replaced it. I’ve had a lot of new Honda’s, but this was a first.
 

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My 2021 Passport started fading on the plastic trim above the front bumper. It kept getting worse, so Honda replaced it. I’ve had a lot of new Honda’s, but this was a first.
After bringing my Elite home and really looking it over, all the black plastic trim Honda has put on the vehicle is going to be quite maintenance intensive to keep it looking good. My vehicles are garaged day and night except when driven so they will have far less exposure to the sun and the elements like most. The exterior finish on an all black or dark colored passport in the sun and elements 24/7 will probably degrade prematurely. Good luck with your Passport.
 

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True. Mine is garage kept as well. I took delivery a little more than two months ago, so hopefully this is a rare occurrence for owners. The service manager said he hasn’t seen anything like that before on a new car.

Just glad Honda replaced it without question.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions. Other than keeping my vehicles clean & shiny, I'm not a DIY guy. I'd break something in the process. I may replace (I should say have replaced) a few pieces of the shiny black trim with chrome but the rest of the sea of black exterior trim will just have to be maintained more often. Its a Honda. I don't want to put a lot of $ into it.
 

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True. Mine is garage kept as well. I took delivery a little more than two months ago, so hopefully this is a rare occurrence for owners. The service manager said he hasn’t seen anything like that before on a new car.

Just glad Honda replaced it without question.
I know all the black plastic is the rage but it would have been of better quality if they would have painted the stuff.
 

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Have owned many cars with black plastic including an LR3 with black plastic everywhere. 303 Aerospace protectant was the best treatment I could find. Blocks UV rays which turn the black plastic gray over time.
 

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Here's an excellent 14 minute Youtube Review of 303 and several others. Spoiler...303 doesn't hold up.

I use Wipe New $14 for gets you 1.5 oz and it lasts and lasts. Wipe New also offers a headlight cleaning kit, which is completely different.
Warning: If you get it on your paint you will see a stain for 2 years, unless you buff it off.

I applied Wipe New in Oct 2019 (with gloves) on the plastic and wiped it dry with a microfiber cloth, after one minute. Drying it after one minute eliminates streaks and super-glossiness. That's the only application, so far.
My other non-garage kept cars get the Wipe New re applied every 9 months. That's good durability, for being outside all the time.
 

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40k for 2021 elite sounds like a great deal, especially considering all dealerships around me have been OOS. Meguiar's Ultimate Black Plastic Restorer G15812 works well.
 

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In my 40+ years {yes I'm that old} of owning and caring for my vehicles I've tried dozens of different products and a number of them for black plastic trim. The best I've found is Surf City Garage Black Max. Goes on easily. Makes he black plastic look great and lasts a long time. I've been using it for a few years now and don't plan on looking for anything else.

And, for tires Surf City Garage Beyond Black is the best I've ever used.
 
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Aerospace 303 or CarPro perl. Both excellent. I prefer the Carpro as it has other applications for me and can be diluted. It leaves a sikyl mat finish and not the greasy wet Armor All glazed doughnut look.


Amazon for the 303
You can find Carpro there also but it tends to be expensive.

Wheels & Trim - Wheel/Trim Protection - Page 1 - Sky's The Limit Car Care.

A good source and one of my go to retailers.
303 is great as a topper, I've been using backfire since 2012 to clean and prep black. It even removes the older wax marks and are about impossible to be rid of.... then top with 303 for the win

Pass/Denv...
Here's an excellent 14 minute Youtube Review of 303 and several others. Spoiler...303 doesn't hold up.
Oh well, I've been using 303 for 15-18 years so I know it works, real world! Tip, on tires leaves a smooth flat flat black non shiny tire and does not crud up with the brown crap that most others have when stripping down
 
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