Clay bar, wax, polish once a year will greatly extend the life if paint.
Headlights can be restored easily
I tried meguires back to black on the bumper plastic and wiper cowl, it really didn't help much. I need a good back to black polish or stain or I will have to paint my plastics which I don't want to do.
I try to replace the worn out equipment like my fx4 grille and took off the rubber door moulding completely. Ford isn't a bad company but my truck only has 55k and its age (2008) is starting to come through. I feel you just need to bite the bullet and replace parts when they become worn.
Couldn't agree with you more on all of your points. It gets a good clay bar, compound, wax twice a year.
I am sure there are some good "back to black" polishes we can find, hence my asking. I am sure someone has used a decent one.
Headlights can be done, but I have not found a kit to do them yet that I have had success with.
Ford is a great company, but my truck sits out in the Florida sun 24/7, things are going to fade, it's unpreventable. Period. Nothing against Ford in the least bit.
I recently painted my grille, front bumper trim, rear bumper step pads, wiper arms and even my running boards with a satin black paint made for plastics, AND I LOVE IT. It looks like I just put silicone dressing on them all the time! So far (a few weeks) it has lasted really well. I plan on doing my towing mirrors and cowl cover. I'm saving the tire stuff for the tires! I touched up some sun fading on door panels and a mystery stain on the dash with SEM Color Coat trim paint and the match was dead on. I keep a little bottle of DupliColor touch-up paint for all my vehicles for little chips and scratches. I polish my headlights and corner lamps occasionally, and use Rain-X on them and front windshields. Vehicles are generally a poor investment. I plan to get my money's worth.
I would like to hold off on painting for now, but not ruling it out completely.
My body paints (vehicles) for a living, so he will do any paint on the actual body. But really the headlights, running lights and cab lights are my main concern. That's for the rain-x reminder, I need to go reapply.