Polytrol colour restorer on a vans bumper

6 awesome restoration projects with Polytrol

Polytrol is really one of the jewels in the Owatrol crown and we want to shout about it from the rooftops to make sure everyone knows about it. With more than fifty 5* reviews and thousands of happy customers using Polytrol for a huge range of projects we’re pretty sure that almost everyone has something at home that Polytrol could be helping them with.

Whether your car bumper and trim is faded and looking tired, your composite front door is letting you down, your plastic guttering and downpipes are sun-damaged or even if your garage door has sen better days, Polytrol could be the solution for you! We’ve put together 6 of our best Polytrol case studies to show you a range of applications for this colour restorer and some great before and after shots.


Aluminium Powder Coated Garager Doors before PolytrolPolytrol a ‘magic’ product for garage doors

This satisfied customer used Polytrol colourrestorer to revive her badly faded powder coated aluminium garage doors installed in 1991. They are south facing and had faded badly with some WD40 staining around the locks.


Polytrol project car trim revivedFaded car trim revived with Polytrol

This customer has used Owatrol’s Polytrol to revive the plastic trims on their car and to great effect. These small details can really make the difference between your car looking old and tired, or a great asset.


restore the shine to paintwork using PolytrolLand Rover paint work revived with Polytrol

Another customer with a 15 year old Land Rover used Polytrol to restore the shine to paintwork on the exterior. A tricky job? No! The customer simply cleaned the surface with soap and water, left it to dry and then used Polytrol to revive the surface.


Polytrol Garage Door PictureGarage door rescued after 15 years of neglect

Phil needed some help restoring his GRP garage door. He wasn’t sure which product to use so he got in touch and asked! We recommended Polytrol as it revives and restores the colour of faded surfaces – it’s grea for fibreglass so perfect for Phil’s garage.


Polytrol Moped MakeoverMoped Makeover with Perfect Polytrol

Anoth customer achieved impressive results on their moped with Polytrol. They just wiped it on with a lint-free cloth, left it to work and then wiped off the excess. The Polytrol brings out the pigment from within the surface and leaves it looking good as new!


Polytrol Bumper after 5 monthsPolytrol Restores a faded car bumper

This happy customer says “This stuff is probably one of the best restorers I have ever tried, it costs very little and goes a loooooong way. Did everything plastic exteriorwise […] and I was just taken aback at the results.”.


Polytrol is a colour reviver and restorer which restores pigments faded or dulled by exposure to the sun. It is a deep penetrating oil that restores the original look and finish to gelcoat, plastic, metal and other surfaces.

How do I use Polytrol colour restorer?

To use Polytrol you simply rub it into the surface with a clean, dry cloth and leave it to work for 10-20 minutes before wiping off any excess with a lint-free cloth. Job done!

If you have completed a project you’re proud of using Polytrol we’d love to share your before and after (or just after!) shots. Do get in touch!

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18 thoughts on “6 awesome restoration projects with Polytrol

    1. Hi Kevin,
      Yes, Polytrol would be perfect for your project! It’s ideal for restoring faded PVC.
      Many thanks,
      The Owatrol Team

  1. Hi,
    We have a dark brown wood grain effect composite front door. It is around 12 years old and appears dirty/bleached where the sun gets to it. Inside it is still perfect. I have tried WD40 and car polishing cream (which normally sorts out scuffs on car bodywork), but this has either short term or no effect at all. Please advise.

    1. Hi Barry,

      Thank you for your query regarding your wood effect composite front door.

      Polytrol would be perfect to restore the colour of your door and we actually have a blog post from a recent customer who did just that:
      http://www.owatroldirect.co.uk/using-polytrol-restore-faded-wood-effect-composite-front-door/

      I hope the post is helpful and answers any question you may have.

      Please don’t hesitate to contact us again if you require further assistance.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

    1. Hi David,

      Thank you for your query regarding the use of Polytrol on your motorhome.
      Polytrol can safely be used on fibreglass (GRP) however, in your case we do not recommend using it on the white sections. This is because Polytrol restores colour pigments so cannot be used on white surfaces.

      However, Polytrol will work on the top green section but because it is such a pale colour we recommend you trying a sample on a small area first – This is to make sure the Polytrol is doing what you want it to before committing to a larger amount.
      You can purchase a 100ml sample pot of Polytrol for £5 with free postage by following this link: http://www.owatroldirect.co.uk/product/polytrol/ and selecting “sample” from the drop down menu.

      I hope this was helpful – Please don’t hesitate to contact us again should you require further assistance.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

  2. Hi

    I have grey upvc patio doors and the grey colouring is fading due to the sunlight and I wonder if Polytrol will restore the grey colour?

    Many thanks Jacqueline

    1. Hi Jacqueline,

      Thank you for your query.

      Polytrol can be used on your patio doors, however, we always like to recommend that customers try a sample size pot of Polytrol first and test it in a small area before committing to purchasing a larger amount.
      Samples are available on our product page for £5 with free postage and packaging which you can find here; http://www.owatroldirect.co.uk/product/polytrol/

      I hope this answer was helpful, please feel free to contact us again should you require further assistance.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

  3. I have a light oak composite front door which was installed some ten years ago by a company which has since gone bankrupt. The wood-grain effect has become a silvery grey colour and no amount of cleaning with soapy water will restore it. Will Polytrol be suitable for cleaning/restoring the door to its original condition and if so, being a standard size front door, what size tin of the product should I purchase. I live in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire and wonder if you could tell me if there are any local suppliers?
    Many thanks,
    Paul Wilmot

    1. Hi Paul,

      Polytrol should give good results in reviving your oak composite front door but we would always recommend purchasing a sample pot first to check which can only be purchased directly from our website but have free delivery. A 0.5L tin should provide plenty of product to treat your door.

      Any further questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
      Many thanks,
      The Owatrol Team

    1. Hi Rob,

      Thank you for your query regarding the use of Polytrol on your car bumper.
      Polytrol has been used with great success on both body work and bumpers, so it should work absolutely fine for your colour matched bumper too.

      We always recommend to try a sample size first and to test it in a small area to make sure it will work for your particular project.
      You can purchase a 100ml sample pot for £5 with free delivery here: https://www.owatroldirect.co.uk/product/polytrol/

      I hope this answer was helpful, please don’t hesitate to contact us further should you require most assistance;
      sales@owatroluk.com or 01582 585266

      Thanks again, Rob.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

        1. Hi again Robert,

          Thank you for your kind words – We are glad you had such a postive experience with Polytrol.
          If you have any pictures we would love to see and share them! If you are happy to do this then please send them on to: sales@owatroluk.com

          Thanks again.

          All the best,
          The Owatrol Team

  4. Hi. I have a grp sailing boat in a light blue colour. The whole thing has gone a chalky colour now. If I use polytrol I presume it would work ok but how long will it last and is it just a case of recoating again when it fades or have I got to get the old polytrol off first?

    1. Hi Dave,

      Thank you for your query about Polytrol.

      Polytrol is perfectly suitable for use on grp. The amount of time it will stay looking bright and new sadly isn’t as easy to answer. It all depends on the amount of sun, UV rays, dirt, pollution etc that it is exposed to.
      We would like to assume it would last around 12 months, but this is something that can easily be varied depending on the environment – it could last for less or longer than that.
      When it comes to re-coating with Polytrol, the surface simply needs to be cleaned, left to dry and then re-applied as before.

      I hope this answers your questions, if you still have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us further.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

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