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Hi everyone! I own a 2018 F-Pace and absolutely love this car. One frustrating problem is that I can't seem to protect the plastic trim from sun damage. None of my other cars have this issue but I will admit that I am a detailing amateur. The Jaguar sits outside in the hot Florida sun. As a result, the window pillar posts appear to be sun damaged. They are no longer glossy and have what appears to be fading, stains or water marks of some kind. Any ideas on how to fix and is this a common problem?
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Never seen this before on a three year old vehicle. Have you taken it to the JLR dealer? It should be covered by the warranty.

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Thanks for the suggestion, I will make an appointment to check. If others have had this issue and found a fix involving a good polish or trim restorer, let us know here
 

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Thanks for the suggestion, I will make an appointment to check. If others have had this issue and found a fix involving a good polish or trim restorer, let us know here
Easy fix for any DIY detailer like myself. Very very soft piano black plastic so scratches easily however, it also fixes just as easy.
 

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Are you sure this is purely sun damage? Or some combination of other factors? Hard to tell from the pics, but that almost looks like it could even be hard water stains (from a nearby lawn sprinkler system).
 
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Are you sure this is purely sun damage? Or some combination of other factors? Hard to tell from the pics, but that almost looks like it could even be hard water stains (from a nearby lawn sprinkler system).
No I am not sure and you may be right. Based on some videos on YouTube it looks like I can lightly polish these b pillars to fix them up
 

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Hi everyone. Turns out that this is a common problem with all piano gloss black trim. The A, B and C pillars (front middle back) all had this issue. I did some research and (although I appreciate the suggestions and help) I learned that you should never use the eraser suggestion on glossy parts. Most online resources told me to get some compound, tape and a 3 inch orbital polisher kit. I followed some steps on YouTube which literally were: tape off the rubber bits, add some compound, set the polisher to a low speed and go to town on the pillars. Wipe off with a cloth when done. Took me 5 minutes and it looks brand new.
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Great job. Thank you for taking the time research the best way to clean it and also providing the details. It will certainly be searched and be helpful to others.
 

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Looks fantastic!
 

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Hi everyone! I own a 2018 F-Pace and absolutely love this car. One frustrating problem is that I can't seem to protect the plastic trim from sun damage. None of my other cars have this issue but I will admit that I am a detailing amateur. The Jaguar sits outside in the hot Florida sun. As a result, the window pillar posts appear to be sun damaged. They are no longer glossy and have what appears to be fading, stains or water marks of some kind. Any ideas on how to fix and is this a common problem?
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I am in Alabama and have the same issue with my F Pace, glad to see you were able to find something to get it back to looking new, I am going to try this too!
 

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For what it's worth, I put carbon fiber wrap on those glossy pieces where hands, etc. tend to touch. Low cost and looks great. I've done it on 2 F Paces.
 

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I had ceramic coating professionally applied when the car was new four years ago. Everything else, including the optional black trim, is still like new. But the pillar posts all faded in the Florida sun. Oddly, the passenger side mirror cover also faded and blistered. The dealer repainted that under warranty last month, but said the pillars should just be spruced up by me, like OP did.
 

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Hi everyone. Turns out that this is a common problem with all piano gloss black trim. The A, B and C pillars (front middle back) all had this issue. I did some research and (although I appreciate the suggestions and help) I learned that you should never use the eraser suggestion on glossy parts. Most online resources told me to get some compound, tape and a 3 inch orbital polisher kit. I followed some steps on YouTube which literally were: tape off the rubber bits, add some compound, set the polisher to a low speed and go to town on the pillars. Wipe off with a cloth when done. Took me 5 minutes and it looks brand new.
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I kept my mouth shut on this one because I have been attacked in the past for saying to keep magic eraser far away from your F-PACE. Glad you got it all fixed up and found Griot's along the way
 

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Hi everyone! I own a 2018 F-Pace and absolutely love this car. One frustrating problem is that I can't seem to protect the plastic trim from sun damage. None of my other cars have this issue but I will admit that I am a detailing amateur. The Jaguar sits outside in the hot Florida sun. As a result, the window pillar posts appear to be sun damaged. They are no longer glossy and have what appears to be fading, stains or water marks of some kind. Any ideas on how to fix and is this a common problem?
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Same issue. A little paint polishing compound and buffer, 5 minutes done
 

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Looks awesome, congrats on finding the solution to your challenge and sharing it with those of us who may run into it.
 
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