Claims - "Help restore faded black plastic,
rubber and vinyl."
For Use On - "Black bumpers and trim".
Claimed Features -
"Permanently recolors and protects all black
plastic, vinyl & rubber surfaces...without silicone."
Forever Black is a black dye and it is available
as the "Bumper & Trim Cleaner & Reconditioner" shown here in addition to a
"Tire Gel" and "Truck Bed Liner Gel".
It is actually a dye, not one of those "bumper
black" products like Armor All or
Again. As such, it doesn't seem to work as well on
mildly oxidized black surfaces; in fact, we found it to be rather cumbersome
to use on those types.
And since we don't have any rubber or vinyl
surfaces that need complete reconditioning, it's hard to come to a
conclusion on this product.
But we purchased it under the assumption that it
was a better product for keeping black trim looking fresh than some of the
other, more generic, off-the-shelf "bumper black" products.
The Forever Black kit comes with a 4 oz. bottle
of cleaner concentrate that makes one gallon of cleaner. The
instructions call for the surface to be cleaned prior to the application of
the Forever Black dye.
The dye comes in a 4 oz. bottle, which is a bit
misleading, because the product is advertised at 8 oz., but we assume they
are counting the 4 oz. of cleaner and 4 oz. of dye.
The dye bottle has a foam applicator on top.
The product comes out as a watery liquid, and it doesn't seem to have a very
shiny surface, nor did it leave a "slippery" feeling or a coated feeling to
the black vinyl or plastic surfaces we treated.
It takes what we think is a significantly long
time to dry; up to 1/2 hour, depending upon the porosity of the surface.
On mildly oxidized black surfaces, it just didn't seem to make much
difference, although some users report excellent success when using the
product on highly oxidized black vinyl.
Conclusion: In the end, for us,
Forever Black wasn't really worth the trouble for general motorcycle use.
We still think the
Again product is highly useful and works very well on
mildly oxidized black vinyl surfaces on motorcycles, and it remains our
favorite after many years of use.
Score: 2 out of 5
Review Date: October 2008
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