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Old 22 Jun 2009, 04:32 pm
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Default White tape marks - solution!

I bought my 2002 PT just a month ago. Like most PTs with the grey bumpers, it had nasty white marks from factory tape that was applied to the bumpers during the assembly process.
I have found an easy and permanent solution for removing these ghastly white stains.
First, I used my Black and Decker Mouse sander, the one with the pointy tip for getting into crevices, and some plastic scrubbing pads that came with it (little versions of the ones you would use to clean your pots with in the kitchen). Keeping the bumpers wet, I sanded the white stains away gently and slowly. Lots of white powder is the result, but not to worry, the bumper is coloured right through, so there is no concern about sanding a little too much.
I was able to remove better than, I'd say, 95% of the stains.
Then, I polished the bumpers with Mother's "Back to Black" plastic restorer. Little red bottle with a milky white fluid that you just pour onto the bumper and rub in.
Now, both my grey bumpers look new. Honestly. They are smooth and glossy, with a lovely even colour, no stains or splotches. And all it took was about an hour per bumper, 45 mins for sanding and 15 mins for polishing with the Mother's fluid.

Let me know if you are successful with this method. It has taken years off the look of the car...
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Old 23 Jun 2009, 11:06 am
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The problem with sanding the bumpers is that you wind up with an uneven appearance afterwards. Yes, it's colored all the way through the bumper, but the sanding will remove the texture of the bumper, unless you sand the entire thing. For probably less than the cost of the sander, the pads, and your plastic restorer, you can go ahead and use the paint method that many, many, many people have been pleased with (including myself) without sanding or taking any sort of power tool to the exterior of your car.

This also is posted in the wrong section of the forum.
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Old 23 Jun 2009, 11:42 am
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I thought the Tech section WAS the correct section to post my threads.

My bumper has no uneven spots after sanding. It looks quite nice, actually.

Plus, I already had the Mouse sander and scrubbers. As for painting, that it not an option here in the most Eastern part of Canada, with our salty air and harsh winters - even factory paint corrodes and peels after a few years (my 98 Escort, which I replaced with the PT, was rusted completely out), and to do a repaint on a plastic bumper would mean a year, maybe two, at the most for the paint to last.

The $16 worth of Plastx and "Back to Black" is the only way to go. 'Round here.
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Old 23 Jun 2009, 12:43 pm
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If you wouldn't mind posting pics, that would help. I really don't see how you could remove the white tape marks without removing the texture of the bumper. Doesn't quite make sense to me, that's all.

And for the 'common' PT owner, chances are they won't have a small sander and the pieces necessary to do this, hence why a $4 can of paint, some masking tape and newspaper seems to be much easier to come by.

My tape marks would go away for a few days after I used the same "Back to Black" product you're talking about.. so, have you had to continue reapplying the product?

I'm glad you're happy with the outcome, though, and to each his own.
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Old 23 Jun 2009, 12:54 pm
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I'd like to know what genius decided to put gray bumpers on the PT... it's so hideous looking and thankfully I didn't have to worry about it.
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Old 23 Jun 2009, 12:56 pm
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Yeah, it's not great looking. If I had my choice, I'd put a body kit on mine, but unfortunately all in all it'd cost me way more than I can afford at the moment.
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