look for a bottle of "forever black" It's a bumper dye with a sponge applicator and it works awesome. I think its available at most VW dealers, if not look for it online. I had faded vinyl on my bumpers and trim and now they are jet black.
show polish and forever black didn't do much for me... but I did find this Eagle One stuff at GI joes, or any auto store that worked great. The downfall is you have to apply a LOT.
Also, just before car shows I use peanut butter (sounds weird) - it also rids of the wax that can get on the black trim as well, not to mention water spots on window seals and my side mirrors are lookin hella new.
the shoe dye works, but not as nicely as another product. go to autozone, or whatever you have nearby and buy black bumper paint. its flexible spray paint and makes the bujmper look brand new. i painted right over the silver trim strips on the bumper and it looks great. doesnt come off any of it. do it on the car, or off. i'll take a picture if you want it. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
auto glym or whatever makes this universal tire dressing stuff that works absolute wonders. we have it at the dealership. they use it in the detail shop for all the new cars and used crap that we get it. it totally transforms the cars.
Griot's garage makes a very nice bumper paint that is applied with the applicator portion of the bottle.....
Prep the surface and away you go....it lasts a great while and through the winter......then you re-paint the following year by stripping the vinyl and starting from scratch....
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You can get this at rapidparts.com..i just order some today actually......
The Kiwi Leather Dye works GREAT, I tried all the expensive rubber shinings Stuff out there always makes it look great for about 2 days but the Kiwi is like $2 at Big K and looks great and has lasted. Kinda messy gotta apply it evenly or it looks like $hit!
Re: Faded Bumpers and Trim... (eightvalvejettacarat)
i just used some of my Dr. Martin shoe polish, and it worked great, i washed it with hand soap, and dried it with a rough towel and it still looks great. its $8.99 but there is like 3 times more than in a can of reg. shoe polish.
I use KIWI leather dye on both my VW and they have held up so far in the FLorida sun and rain. I might need to apply more since I didn't apply as much to save some. I might redo it again after the next car wash or something on my Quantum. Becareful that it doesn't get on the body color strip on bigbumpers
I find the Forever Black works real well. It comes in a two step proccess; you clean the surface 1st to remove anything including SILICON (ugh) that prevents it from sticking. I found my 81 Roc took only 1/3 of the bottle to apply and this was going over every thing twice just for fun.
I think the real key to maintaining the finish is to spray the cured Forever Black with something like Klasse or other vinyl restorative w/ UV protection. Lasted through three Califonia winters with just a touch up spray after washing.
(this forum needs spell check.)
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