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Is there a black-restore product for rocker switches?

PostPost by: mmatthej1 » Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:37 pm

I realise that this sort of question pops up quite often but I would like to buy a product that does the job, rather than using the oft recommended Dot 5 brake fluid option.

(I actually tried Dot 5, didn't do much good and I noticed that a stray drop had done my dash lacquer no good! Luckily tiny and not noticeable but enough to put me off trying a repeat dose)

Suggestions please & where to get?
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PostPost by: el-saturn » Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:42 pm

just an idea: us some wet 600grade sandpaper, making a nice surface and thereafter use some furniture polish: that's what i did to my toggle switches! sandy (try this method on a spare!!)
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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:55 pm

paint :D I did it in situ and very pleased with result.
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PostPost by: prezoom » Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:37 pm

I did the same as Ted.
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PostPost by: holywood3645 » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:25 pm

I removed mine and painted with 'Plastic paint' The have held up well for 3 years with no chipping or dulling.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:29 pm

Silicon brake fluid... :)
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PostPost by: paul_adamson » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:37 pm

I can confirm that silicone brake fluid brings them back from grey to black. You may need a few applications and buff them up with a polishing cloth in between coats.
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PostPost by: tvacc » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:50 pm

Back in about 1994 or 1995 I used black "spray" carpet dye on my Sprint switches. It lasted till 2004 when the car went to Tom Smith in Texas. When it left I recall the switches still looked fine. Tom is on this list I believe, maybe he can tell us how they have held up.

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PostPost by: RichardS » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:54 pm

I used this about 10 years ago and the switches still look black. It also did a good job on other black bits inside such as the rear parcel shelf vinyl
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PostPost by: stugilmour » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:15 am

Thanks for posting the pic of the bottle Richard. Can’t believe I found a local retailer that apparently has the stuff. Think I will give it a try.

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PostPost by: mmatthej1 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:06 am

I think that the Sonus product is an American-market product; anything like it available in UK, does anyone know?
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PostPost by: HampshireMush » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:25 am

Sonus tyre gel is available in the UK - just google it and you will find a supplier!
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