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.