What to apply back to black (and similiar) with?

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  1. Cheap5.0

    Cheap5.0 Birth of a Detailer

    I spent Saturday washing, claying, then treating the plastic on the extior of the jeep. Everything went well, but i had a hard time applying the Mothers back to black. I either got it all over the paint and glass, or i didnt get great coverage.

    I used a foam applicator (round, about 4" diameter) that was folded in half. Im thinking next time ill use a 1-2" cheap foam paint brush for the trim and only use the foam applicator for the big pieces.

    Anyone else have an idea?

    Also i need to remove the back to black from the paint, its driving me nuts. I tried elbow grease, QD and a MF but it went very slow.
  2. Bunky

    Bunky DB Forum Supporter

    I have purchased foam applicators (rectangular sponge shape attached to a firmer foam) and cut them into small blocks (like 1-in x 1-in). You can also use the sponges on a stick you find a craft stores.

  3. richguy66

    richguy66 DB Forum Supporter

    Sorry really dont mean to threadjack, but where can you buy those types of applicators?
  4. Bunky

    Bunky DB Forum Supporter

    I know O'Reilly's carries them and online retailers like Autogeek. I think the eagle tire swipes could work too.
  5. Emile

    Emile Welcome to Detailing

    Hi. I don't recommend Back to Black at all. It's very short-lasting, very runny during application, and it runs onto the paint after a rain shower. But if you must use it, after letting the Back to Black haze up on the trim for a few minutes, buff it down with a clean dry microfiber towel very thoroughly. Be sure to remove any over-application (such as on paint, glass, or chrome) immediately with a microfiber towel and some quick detailer.

    Can I ask what QD you used to try to clean it up?
  6. Rommulus

    Rommulus Virgin Detailer

    I too use the above sponge applicators. They are only about $2 at O'Reilly.
  7. M3ride.

    M3ride. Wax on..Wax off

    I agree with Emile. Back to black is not so good at what it's supposed to do. I have never had any good results with it when I tried it so I threw it out. It's nearly impossible to not get streaks with it.
  8. Bunky

    Bunky DB Forum Supporter

    Back to Black to give mixed results to me. It works pretty good on some plastics (seems to like softer ones) but not on others (like my Dakota mirrors). As Emile says, it does need to be applied very sparingly to work it in and buffed off very well.
  9. pektel

    pektel DB Forum Supporter

    I cut up my old wash sponges and use them for trim applicators. I really like Ultima Trim and Tire Guard.
  10. piginapoke

    piginapoke Obsessive Detailer

    Try the foam stain brushes from home depot or lowes, you can find them in the paint section. They have a nice handle and are cheap.
  11. Cheap5.0

    Cheap5.0 Birth of a Detailer

    Thanks, ill take a look at these the next time i get into O's.

    I have back to black just because it was the only trim/rubber chemical i could find OTC last year. Any suggestions? What about chemical guys?

    Thats what i was thinking as i was applying it...."man this would be easier with the right tool".

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