After talking to several bodymen I came up with what I hear to be the best treatment of black trim for long term results. Several shops recommended it. One said it will last as long as a year and one said a summer.
Most of us know how good Mothers Back to Black works and some of us know how good Adams VRT works. So I will compare results to these 2 products vs the Forever Black.
Here is the product
4 oz cleaning solvent
4 oz pigment
Applicator tip reminds me of a shoe polish applicator.
The test pieces. (window trim) These were given to me and are in fair shape. Will treat one with Forever Black. The other I will treat half with VRT the other half with Mothers Back to Black. Set them both outside in the elements and see what happens.
Mixed the 4 oz of cleaner with 1 gallon water.
Using a rag I cleaned them both to remove contaminants.
The instructions say to flush well with water after cleaning and allow to dry completely, so I will let them dry over night.
Applied the Adams VRT, Mothers Back to Black and Forever Black.
I did not apply the forever Black per the instructions by using the applicator. Instead I used a cotton swab to conserve the amount I used. I followed it up with a brush. I think the applicator would provide a smoother blotch free look.
I applied 3 thin layers.
The Back to Black and the VRT went on as a heavy coat allowing it to soak in as much as possible before wiping off the extra.
I have to say the results are very very similar.
Hard to tell the difference, but with a critical eye........
The Forever Black is my barely least favorite
Mothers Back to Black had the best immediate results by looking the most even and black.
Set them outside to weather a while. Time will tell.
Day 11 since the treatment. It has been hot and sunny and the pieces have been baking in the sun every day. It rained once and I washed them once with a mild solution of car wash soap, rinsed them and wiped them, then let them dry in the sun.