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Michael Stoops
Oct 28th, 2013, 01:29 PM
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/2188/G15800_UltBlackTrimSPonges.jpg


Product Features:


Pre-saturated applicators (2) in a re-sealable pouch
Great for mirrors, roof racks, door handles, grills and more
The same durable and appearance enhancing Ultimate Black formula


Product Details:


Each pouch contains 2 sponges (approx 2.5" x 3" x 0.5" or 6.5cm x 7.5cm x 2cm each)


Part#: G15800
MSRP: $2.99

Selectchoice
Nov 5th, 2013, 01:31 AM
Looks interesting.

Michael Stoops
Nov 5th, 2013, 08:35 AM
To be quite frank about it, Ultimate Black has become a huge seller for us - a category leader, even. This is our first foray into a point-of-sale impulse buy package. This is an easy way for someone to pick up what is essentially a one time use (or two times on smaller vehicles or those with less plastic trim) trial package for very little money and give it a test.

STRIFE
Nov 5th, 2013, 09:21 AM
Looks like a great item at the cash til of any autoparts store....or merchandised in the auto section of Wallymart.
I can see alotta gross profit for many vendors out there.

davey g-force
Nov 5th, 2013, 02:47 PM
Interesting..

The Guz
Nov 5th, 2013, 03:23 PM
Looking forward to trying these. I have not tried ultimate black but it looks like I have a reason to now. These little sponges would work great on the small trim around the windows.

Michael Stoops
Nov 5th, 2013, 04:49 PM
Looking forward to trying these. I have not tried ultimate black but it looks like I have a reason to now. These little sponges would work great on the small trim around the windows.Exactly what we were thinking about you, and others just like you.:doublethumbsup2

vrodri16
Nov 5th, 2013, 09:30 PM
I sure do hope that these sponges will take the guess work out of how much product to use. I always found that I would either apply too much or too little Ultimate Black Trim Restorer. This takes the guess work out. Thanks for the great product guys!

JOCKTHEGLIDE
Nov 5th, 2013, 09:33 PM
I love the ultimate black!!! I used it on my vinly on my 68 charger and it made it more black than other competitors products who claim it makes it black and clean, but NOPE meguiars U.B stuff is the BEST.

I agree these sponges will help with creavaces etc....

The Guz
Dec 23rd, 2013, 12:00 AM
These are available on autogeek.
http://www.autogeek.net/meguiars-ultimate-black-sponges.html

The Guz
Mar 28th, 2014, 10:14 PM
Saw these at my local pep boys. A little cheaper price than online which is a good thing.

GuessWho530
May 2nd, 2014, 11:55 PM
http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/500/medium/WP_003333.jpg (http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/showphoto.php/photo/60961/title/black-trim-sponge/cat/500)I applied it onto my Lexus ES300, although the only before/after photo I have is this, and that the surface was a shiny painted surface, I went ahead and applied it on it anyway, but only on the passenger's side and on all the rubber and plastic trim surfaces of the car, it is still darker black after 3 weeks since the day I applied it. The only issue is that it looks like as if it was dull again due to the pollen and dirt attaching onto the surface again.

GuessWho530
May 2nd, 2014, 11:59 PM
I also did end up buying a bottle of the item and reusing the sponges for application purpose.

JGdetailing
May 3rd, 2014, 06:04 AM
I bought the sponges. Haven't tried them yet. I do use the bottle but I think the plastic below my windshield is to far gone. I apply it a couple times and not a real big improvement.

Eldorado2k
May 29th, 2014, 07:02 PM
I was at Pep Boys picking up a few things when I saw these on a display near the checkout.. For only $2.99 I figured why not give em a try on my fathers Toyota Tacoma. Anyone who has a similar truck knows there's alot of plastic trim, but if left uncared for it can really drag down the appearance of the vehicle.

Ever since they bought this truck used it's had this dull, horrible gray looking plastic trim, making it look much older than it actually is.

I taped off a small portion of the trim to test before/after Ultimate Black Sponge. It's been almost 2 weeks since I applied. 2 weeks! :) Check it out! These little sponges provide one heck of a bang for the buck.

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e208/Eldorado2k/image_zps04d4a48f.jpg (http://s40.photobucket.com/user/Eldorado2k/media/image_zps04d4a48f.jpg.html)

Eldorado2k
May 29th, 2014, 07:10 PM
Just 1 sponge did all the trim on his truck and made such a big difference in the overall appearance of it. It looks so much newer now. No more dull gray everywhere.. With that same sponge I even did most of the trim on their Trailblazer, and it even had enough juice left in it for me to take it under the hood and touch up all the plastic in my engine bay! It's been 2 weeks and still looks great. For $2.99 these sponges Rock! :)

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e208/Eldorado2k/image_zpsb74b2312.jpg (http://s40.photobucket.com/user/Eldorado2k/media/image_zpsb74b2312.jpg.html)

Eldorado2k
May 29th, 2014, 07:16 PM
In the 2nd pic^ you can see the difference from where it was applied [around the turning light] compared to where it wasn't [ bottom right piece of bumper]

It was dark out, and I accidently skipped that bottom part of the bumper.

davey g-force
May 29th, 2014, 09:36 PM
That still looks great for two weeks later!

The Guz
May 29th, 2014, 09:44 PM
That looks much better. I have been testing out ultimate black on the cowl of my daily. It's been 6 weeks and it still holding up good even after a few washes. Should last a while on that truck as long as you prepped the surface with some thorough cleaning.

Eldorado2k
May 30th, 2014, 01:53 AM
Funny thing is, the only thing I used to prep the surface was an old sock! Lol.

I had washed the truck about 4 days prior. I figured the least I could do is get any surface dust off before applying it. My dad was blown away when I showed him how good it looked the next day. :)

Both of their vehicles have become great guinea pigs for me to gain more experience with my DA. Plus it doesn't get much better than being able to do something nice and unexpected for my folks :)

So far I've corrected the hood and the whole drivers side of that Tacoma. The hood needed UC, but UP on a White LC pad was all I needed to remove the oxidation from the vertical panels [drivers side]
So currently, 1 side of that truck has perfect reflections while the other side wont even reflect a strong led light. Slowly but surely I'm making that truck look brand new;)

Thx Meguiars!

hotrodder
Oct 23rd, 2014, 12:53 AM
I just used these recently for the first time and I actually found they outperformed other products on my GMC truck plastic trim and lasted longer as you all have said.

I tested these little sponges against the Meguiars professional silicone free dressing, and it actually looked better and lasted longer than even the silicone free dressing... Wow I was pretty shocked considering its an over the counter pep boys products vs professional line.

So this the same product soaked in the sponge as the bottle, "Ultimate black plastic restorer" right?
Does it matter you guys think when applying this product with the best results to use a microfiber applicator pad vs a foam applicator pad for the liquid (non-sponge) product?

hotrodder
Oct 24th, 2014, 12:08 AM
Anyone know which Meguiars liquid product that is soaked into this sponge?

The Guz
Oct 24th, 2014, 06:26 AM
Ultimate Black.

ShinyChevy
Nov 16th, 2014, 12:11 PM
Try the sponges before you buy a bottle of this stuff and see how it works for you. I did not and regretted it. While the product does make black plastic trim dark and shiny (if somewhat sticky), it washes off in rain or car wash and leaves TERRIBLE streaks which are difficult to remove. And yes, I applied it sparingly and wiped down afterwards with a dry cloth as recommended.

This stuff is ok for some applications - I use it on my show car/garage queen which never sees rain - but I will not use it anymore on my daily drivers.

I've used Meguiar's products for over 14 years with great results, but this leaves a lot to be desired. Come on 3M, you guys can do better than this!

Maybe it will work for you but try the small sponges before buying a bottle.

The Guz
Nov 16th, 2014, 01:14 PM
Try the sponges before you buy a bottle of this stuff and see how it works for you. I did not and regretted it. While the product does make black plastic trim dark and shiny (if somewhat sticky), it washes off in rain or car wash and leaves TERRIBLE streaks which are difficult to remove. And yes, I applied it sparingly and wiped down afterwards with a dry cloth as recommended.

This stuff is ok for some applications - I use it on my show car/garage queen which never sees rain - but I will not use it anymore on my daily drivers.

I've used Meguiar's products for over 14 years with great results, but this leaves a lot to be desired. Come on 3M, you guys can do better than this!

Maybe it will work for you but try the small sponges before buying a bottle.

I have never experienced ultimate black having any streaking issues. I do clean the trim with APC or Mothers heavy duty trim cleaner to prep the surface and remove anything that is on there. It allows for ultimate black to bond better and actually I noticed it lasted longer. I also follow up with a light final buff. Doing it this way I have never experienced any issues. The only thing I would like is if Meguiar's increased the durability of the product like the new aerosol version.

ShinyChevy
Nov 16th, 2014, 01:43 PM
Good for you.

That was not my experience with this product.

The Guz
Nov 16th, 2014, 02:50 PM
Good for you.

That was not my experience with this product.

Seeing as you are unhappy then call customer service. Or pay it forward in the thread I started. http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?61243-Meg-s-Product-Giveaway

Also Meguiar's operates as their own separate entity even though 3M is the owner.

Michael Stoops
Nov 17th, 2014, 09:14 AM
Try the sponges before you buy a bottle of this stuff and see how it works for you. I did not and regretted it. While the product does make black plastic trim dark and shiny (if somewhat sticky), it washes off in rain or car wash and leaves TERRIBLE streaks which are difficult to remove. And yes, I applied it sparingly and wiped down afterwards with a dry cloth as recommended.

This stuff is ok for some applications - I use it on my show car/garage queen which never sees rain - but I will not use it anymore on my daily drivers.

I've used Meguiar's products for over 14 years with great results, but this leaves a lot to be desired. Come on 3M, you guys can do better than this!

Maybe it will work for you but try the small sponges before buying a bottle.
Sorry to hear about your negative experience with the product. As with any such product, some materials are more receptive to it than others. We see most surfaces really loving the product, but it almost seems that the worse the condition of the surface, the better the product performs. Also, if you've applied any sort of polymer to the surface previously, it will prevent Ultimate Black from bonding and then it will wash off. But on a properly prepped surface, or an older degraded surface, durability is actually very good. Nonetheless, your experience was your experience and nothing else really matters. If you still have your receipt, by all means please contact Customer Care for a refund. If not, then they should be willing to replace it with another product. Heck, sometimes all they require for a refund is some proof of purchase, and a photo of the product emailed to the guys should be enough. It should come as no real surprise, however, that we actually ask for proof of purchase before issuing refunds.

Now, as for the 3M reference, as The Guz stated 3M has zero to do with this. We may be owned by 3M but every bit of our R&D is done by the same group of guys here in Irvine that we had prior to our relationship with 3M. We share nothing with 3M regarding R&D. Just FYI.