Great work – those door panels look better than new! What did you use for sanding, primer, and paint? I want to do the same to my 2000.
The “before” panels in the pics, it was difficult but I was able to get all that rubbery gunk off with over the counter cleaning products. It was looking good, but I found a great deal on blue painted door panels and worked off those instead.
I lightly sanded the paint with automotive sandpaper (1500 grit?), then 2-3 very light coats of Rust-Oleum black Sandable Primer. The next morning, I was stunned at how finished they looked, better than factory, so I wiped smooth all the panels with a cotton t-shirt and that’s what you see there. I returned the glossy paint.
Hey how long have you had them done and do they still look good. I want to do the same thing to my bug but i want to make sure this is a long term fix.
We’ve had it for a year. At first, there was a black dust from the primer, but it brushed off with a cloth and has been perfect ever since.
We can always apply a finish coat, but won’t because the black matte/primer look is great.
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