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

Brett Dikeman brettd at speakeasy.net
Fri Mar 30 19:49:54 EST 2001

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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