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    Thread: The Tale of the Bumper Restoration

    1. Member ShotgunFacelift's Avatar
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      07-04-2009 07:54 PM #1
      I know there has been much debate on this topic, so for the sake of the SEARCH function I am recording my adventures for others to take into account. I am not nay-saying any method, this is just my tale of what worked for me.

      The story starts on a gloomy, yet not rainy, Florida afternoon. After an hours drive, a swap of titles, and a hair-raising drive home, I arrived safely at home with my newly acquired MK2 GTi, grey bumpers and all.


      Now at this point in my story I am just excited to finally have a Mk2. The grey bumpers/trim went to the sidelines as I played the field of maintenance. But soon after that fateful day, the grey drew weary. After a jaunt down the street I had a monetary exchange with a cashier over a couple bottles of Kiwi Black Leather DYE (Yes, dye. Not polish). With a free afternoon and a couple 's and some nicely dyed hands, I had arose as victor in the battle for the black bumper. Who was to know that I would soon lose the war to the elusive Purple Streak, thanks to a well placed thunderstorm from the Gods.


      In the final hour of my disparity, I had to do something. The welfare of my bumpers and trim was at stake and time was running out. Well, not really. A $15 trip to the local Wally World was in order. 3 cans of Krylon Fusion Satin Black and a couple rolls of masking tape later, I was walking to the car a happy man. As the week drug on, I grew more and more anxious to finish what I had started. As of this moment, the GTI is half-way on the road to looking respectable again. A beer break and a few shots will tell... the REST of the story.




      If this fine piece of literary information stays bumped, I shall report back in a week, the week after and the week after that, until all are satisfied.


      The End


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      07-04-2009 08:12 PM #2
      Lol nice story, but... why did it turn purple?

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      07-04-2009 08:22 PM #3
      Quote, originally posted by MPN16VW »
      Lol nice story, but... why did it turn purple?

      Excellent question. I have to say that I have no answer for you, though. I prepped the trim/bumpers both times (before the kiwi and before the krylon) so it wouldn't be an issue. The bmpers were nice and black for a couple days, but it stormed once and thats all she wrote. Light/Dark purple streaks on EVERYTHING I dyed. I wiped everything down with some mineral spirits on a rag and a little purple came off on the rag, but the look didn't change. As I said, this was just one mans story, results may vary.


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      07-04-2009 08:26 PM #4
      It wasn't brown kiwi shoe dye was it?

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      07-04-2009 08:27 PM #5
      Quote, originally posted by MPN16VW »
      It wasn't brown kiwi shoe dye was it?


      ah... good thought, but no. I made sure it was black

      the bumpers stayed a nice deep black, until they got wet.


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      07-04-2009 08:50 PM #6
      Quote, originally posted by ShotgunFacelift »
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      If this fine piece of literary information stays bumped, I shall report back in a week, the week after and the week after that, until all are satisfied.

      Are you unable to see this in your watched topics?

      I am a huge fan of the krylon fusion method though i've been too lazy to do it on my own car . I krylon fusioned my grey interior parts on my mk3 to black this way.

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      07-04-2009 10:57 PM #7
      Quote, originally posted by -DOOMED- »

      Are you unable to see this in your watched topics?

      I am a huge fan of the krylon fusion method though i've been too lazy to do it on my own car . I krylon fusioned my grey interior parts on my mk3 to black this way.


      I just meant it as, if there was enough interest in a follow up...

      highly recommended so far. We'll see if it fades...


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      07-04-2009 11:22 PM #8
      holy 1 big tire

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      07-04-2009 11:32 PM #9
      Quote, originally posted by euro4-DoOr »
      holy 1 big tire

      YES! someone noticed

      I bought the car that way. The tire on that wheel went flat on the way to meet up with me and the guy had to swing in and get something quick. 205/55/16 rubs fender and suspension FYI


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      07-05-2009 12:21 AM #11
      Use a heat gun. I'm not digging the batcaves for wheel wells.

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      07-05-2009 01:19 AM #12
      Is that the mythical GTi Country edition?
      Once you go "clack", you never go back.

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      07-05-2009 01:21 AM #13
      Oh, maybe this has been covered before, but I've had great results getting bumpers black using Meguiar's NXT trim spray.
      Once you go "clack", you never go back.

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      07-05-2009 06:04 AM #14
      Quote, originally posted by Mk2 SAiNT »
      Use a heat gun. I'm not digging the batcaves for wheel wells.

      I rather like the way this turned out. Not a fan of possibly manipulating the original shape/texture of my bumpers. Like I said, this was never meant to be a "DO THIS AND NOTHING ELSE" thread, just observation of my trials. I'm also rather glad you don't like the "batcaves for wheel wells". You don't seem like the type of person I'd try to impress.

      Quote, originally posted by rallydiesel »
      Is that the mythical GTi Country edition?

      That was a funny comment. Emphasis on "was". As in months ago.

      Low is coming, but I still enjoy driving my car the way it as meant to be.


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      07-05-2009 06:06 AM #15
      Quote, originally posted by rallydiesel »
      Oh, maybe this has been covered before, but I've had great results getting bumpers black using Meguiar's NXT trim spray.

      I've heard things... Never thought to try though.


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      07-05-2009 06:55 AM #16
      I wonder if you'd have better results with the kiwi dye if you let it like. Uh. "Cure?" Longer. The only reason I ask is because some people swear by the kiwi shoe dye, and if it turns purple after the first rain, well. Err. That just wouldn't make sense for them to swear by it. I will be watching this thread, you should see my bumpers. Sheesh.
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      07-05-2009 10:45 AM #17
      I used the heat gun method, worked rather well for me

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      07-05-2009 10:56 AM #18
      ive never had any luck with krylon fusion. always flaked off. i always prep and clean, so thats not the issue. ive had a LOT better luck with rustoleum texture plastic paint. it sticks to EVERYTHING. we did the bumpers and trim on my buddy's mk3 and 4 months later it still looks great. i think we used 3 cans?
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      07-05-2009 12:49 PM #19
      Quote, originally posted by Nick W »
      I wonder if you'd have better results with the kiwi dye if you let it like. Uh. "Cure?" Longer. The only reason I ask is because some people swear by the kiwi shoe dye, and if it turns purple after the first rain, well. Err. That just wouldn't make sense for them to swear by it. I will be watching this thread, you should see my bumpers. Sheesh.

      I let the Dye cure in the sun all day the day I applied it and it didn't rain until a few days later...

      Quote, originally posted by CrazyClutchVR6 »
      I used the heat gun method, worked rather well for me

      Glad to hear it. This is what the thread is for, good constructive conversation.

      Quote, originally posted by simon_C »
      ive never had any luck with krylon fusion. always flaked off. i always prep and clean, so thats not the issue. ive had a LOT better luck with rustoleum texture plastic paint. it sticks to EVERYTHING. we did the bumpers and trim on my buddy's mk3 and 4 months later it still looks great. i think we used 3 cans?

      I'll have to keep that in mind. I was actually going to go with the Rustoleum plastic paint but I've only heard good things about the Krylon. If it starts to flake I guess I know what I'm using next


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      07-05-2009 12:53 PM #20
      clean with acetone and it is less apt to flake , you gotta get all that oil out , after that the krylon basically bonds to the surface
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      07-05-2009 01:04 PM #21
      Quote, originally posted by -DOOMED- »
      clean with acetone and it is less apt to flake , you gotta get all that oil out , after that the krylon basically bonds to the surface

      Many s to you my friend. I'm so very glad you said that. I just replied to a PM where I was asked about prep. I said that most would recommend soap and warm water, but I actually used a bit of mineral spirits (acetone works well too) and quickly wiped everything down. You do NOT want to rub on an area for too long with the solvent as it can harm the plastic. I just did a quick swipe of everything, no scrubbing/rubbing involved. Let the solvent do the work. By the time everything was taped off the solvent was evaporated and I started laying down base coat. After about 10-15 minutes, when the base coat is still tacky, thats when I threw the second coat on.


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      07-05-2009 01:08 PM #22
      Quote, originally posted by MPN16VW »
      Lol nice story, but... why did it turn purple?

      The dye isn't just black. Its an amalgam of dark shades that for the most part, looks black.


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      07-05-2009 01:18 PM #23
      Quote, originally posted by ShotgunFacelift »
      I rather like the way this turned out. Not a fan of possibly manipulating the original shape/texture of my bumpers. Like I said, this was never meant to be a "DO THIS AND NOTHING ELSE" thread, just observation of my trials. I'm also rather glad you don't like the "batcaves for wheel wells". You don't seem like the type of person I'd try to impress.

      To each their own. Much respect for restoration.


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      07-05-2009 03:44 PM #24
      Quote, originally posted by Mk2 SAiNT »

      To each their own.

      More people need his mentality.

      Quote, originally posted by Mk2 SAiNT »

      Much respect for restoration.

      I think that should be requisite for every mk2 owner. Preservation



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      07-05-2009 06:38 PM #25
      UPdate


      When we last left our brave (and amazingly good looking) keeper of the peace, he was in the midst of battling the evil Dr. Graybump. After a night of firestorm and inebriation, the next day wasn't much to laugh about. Even in his weakened state, our handsome hero returned to finish what he had started. After the intense, heated battle, justice was served.


      I also grabbed some pinstripe tape to redo my interior, so I figured I would use the rest of the paint to redo my grille with a new stripe. Didn't come out as great as I thought, but I'm a stickler for details...




      discuss...


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      07-05-2009 06:47 PM #26
      nice. i kinda like how a GTI looks at OEM height.
      could come down, just a bit though & would still look mean to me.
      ya should have battled the paint also sir, remove all trim,
      tape the rest off very nice & go at it. maybe get a pro to do it?
      comong along dood. looks nice.

    27. 07-05-2009 09:30 PM #27
      bump for a local dubber im in leesburgh/clermont area

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      07-05-2009 11:32 PM #28
      Quote, originally posted by cyclops594 »
      nice. i kinda like how a GTI looks at OEM height.
      could come down, just a bit though & would still look mean to me.
      ya should have battled the paint also sir, remove all trim,
      tape the rest off very nice & go at it. maybe get a pro to do it?
      comong along dood. looks nice.

      I think once I bring 'er down a little bit I will be happy with the ride height. Sebring and Daytona might be a possibility in the upcoming months, so function>form, as always

      Quote, originally posted by Low Life »
      bump for a local dubber im in leesburgh/clermont area

      oh man, you have no idea how awesome it is to hear that. I've been up here for a month and haven't met anyone, let alone anyone with a dub... You a lone ranger as well?


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      07-05-2009 11:41 PM #29
      How has the spray worked? I guess it is SEM trim black.

      I'd like to see how the paint turned out as far as durability is concerned. Maybe some input from somone that has had it on for some time.


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      07-06-2009 12:03 AM #30
      Quote, originally posted by CrazyClutchVR6 »
      How has the spray worked? I guess it is SEM trim black.

      I'd like to see how the paint turned out as far as durability is concerned. Maybe some input from somone that has had it on for some time.

      Earlier in the thread I stated that it was Krylon Fusion Satin Black. Prep recommendations are also in this thread. I can post up-close pictures of how it turned out if wanted. I will be keeping this thread updated with any issues that I may or may not run into (ie: flaking/peeling/fading)


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      the torch worked great for me.
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      07-06-2009 01:01 PM #32
      seems to be holding up pretty well. Hit a bump going kind of quick and scraped the front lip, no crack, flake or chip. Rained a bit, water just beads right off. It's starting to look like I did something right finally.

    33. 07-06-2009 04:30 PM #33
      Looks great.
      I'm about to do this myself with Duplicolor black trim paint. Did the front bumper and looks awesome. Just gotta get me some newspaper, some tape, and a case of beer and I'm good to go.

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      07-06-2009 04:34 PM #34
      Quote, originally posted by jetta_92gli »
      Looks great.
      I'm about to do this myself with Duplicolor black trim paint. Did the front bumper and looks awesome. Just gotta get me some newspaper, some tape, and a case of beer and I'm good to go.

      The duplicolor stuff works well too , but ive always had the best results with the krylon fusion, i dunno stick to whatever works for ya and good luck
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      07-06-2009 04:36 PM #35
      Duplicolor Trim Paint is very good for all sorts of plastics in/on our cars.

      I've done

      -Seat pulls
      -Seat hinge covers
      -Ashtray in the back
      -Door handles
      -Window cranks
      -Door pockets
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      Makes it look new. Just clean it well and let it dry well.


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