[200q20v] Euro Front End for 200Q-20V

Pete Kunzler pck at gte.net
Fri Mar 30 20:10:45 EST 2001

I have seen the heat gun trick both work and not work. New list member Sean
Upchurch (new to him gray 91 200 with sport seats) had 2bennett take one to
his rear bumper and it looked good. Another 4k owner tried it with no
change. The method used was to take a high power heat gun to heat up the
black and it darkens the color. I have not tried this myself so can not
offer a BTDT.


------Original Message------
From: Brett Dikeman <brettd at speakeasy.net>
To: Jeff.Bernstein at pneumaticscale.com, 200q20v at audifans.com
Sent: March 31, 2001 12:49:54 AM GMT
Subject: Re: [200q20v] Euro Front End for 200Q-20V

At 6:33 AM -0600 3/30/01, Jeff.Bernstein at pneumaticscale.com wrote:

>The black part of my bumpers are getting somewhat discolored.  Has anyone
>found a way to restore the original look of this or has anyone successfully
>painted it.

I've seen it painted and it was, um, not something I'd like to see
again.  The car was for sale at European Engineering, and was Pearl
colored with the bumpers painted black.  It looked like it had been
sanded smooth, too.  Yuck.

I've had good luck with Mother's Back To Black.  Among other things,
it removes wax very nicely on the trim, including the
foam-rubber-like pieces that connect the rear wheel fenders to the
rear plastic chrome trim. Your mileage may vary of course.  Everybody
has a favorite, and everybody's found the other guy's favorite
doesn't work :-)

If anyone is getting depressed about the condition of the painted
areas of the front+rear bumper covers, don't...buy a can or two of
bug+tar remover, and rub that stuff all over.  I was amazed to
discover perfect, sparkling paint underneath years of tar/grime that
had never come off in car washes, making the bumper look torn up.
The rear took several passes and even then I still didn't get
everything.  I'm sure white/pearl car owners don't have this problem
because the dirt shows up, but on a black car, those areas get

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