Go Back   986 Forum - for Porsche Boxster & Cayman Owners > Porsche Boxster & Cayman Forums > Boxster General Discussions

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-06-2007, 04:56 PM   #1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,814
Black bumpers (around rear tag)

Does anyone have suggestions as to how to care for (ie darken and bring out some shine to) the two black bumper jobbies found on either side of the rear license tag? Cleaned them with some P21S and they look better but are still a bit dull looking. Actually improved it somewhat by applying some old floor wax I found in the back of a closet (I think the previous owner of the house left it there). Is there something better to use? (I'm sure there is...anyone know what?)

Frodo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2007, 05:28 PM   #2
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Florida
Posts: 42
I use Mothers Back-to-Black, works great, most autoparts store carries it.
johne4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2007, 05:50 PM   #3
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Philly, Niefern DE
Posts: 119
Quote:
Originally Posted by johne4
I use Mothers Back-to-Black, works great, most autoparts store carries it.
I agree, best thing I have found so far
__________________
Thom
'81 911 SC ROW = The Money Pit
'02 Boxster S = Daily Driver
thomschoon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2007, 05:54 PM   #4
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 939
They are referred to as 'bumperettes'...

Mine are a bit faded... as well as the plastic trim at the base of the windshield...

I picked up a bottle of Mother's Back To Black... but haven't tried it yet. I do understand that the bumperettes are easily removed, so maybe I'll remove them and clean them up good and try the Back To Black.

... as soon as the weather gives me a nice weekend on which I can throw the super-clean on my ride! It's been total CRAP here for weeks. Rain/cloudy forecast for the WHOLE DARN WEEK. It's pissin me off.
__________________
2001 Boxster - Grey on Grey
1969 911T Targa - 'Stinky'

http://www.zoto.com/frayadjacent/img...f27a-4a399.jpg <---- my car. ^ crap I post.

"The existence of the flamethrower is evidence that someone, somewhere once said 'I want to set those people over there on fire, but I don't want to have to walk over there to do it.'"
FrayAdjacent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2007, 06:32 PM   #5
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,814
Thanks. I figured they had a name, and I guess I'll go looking for some Mothers in the a.m. And yes, they do come off easily, using a 6 mm Allen wrench. By the way, it's been sunny for days here...
Frodo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2007, 11:53 PM   #6
fab
Registered User
 
fab's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Boston MA
Posts: 386
consider painting them? I did and they look fabulous.
__________________
00 Boxster Tip Blk/Blk
100% de-ambered
painted center console
painted bumperettes
autoband paint protection
wheel caps & colored crests
door sills
Valentine One
fab is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2007, 12:02 AM   #7
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Sacramento
Posts: 3,417
Send a message via AIM to blinkwatt
Paint them,plain and simple.(or pay someone else to do it)
__________________
-99' Zenith Blue 5-spd...didn't agree with a center divider on the freeway
-01' S Orient Red Metallic 6-spd...money pit...sold to buy a house
blinkwatt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2007, 01:38 AM   #8
Registered User
 
edevlin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Virginia
Posts: 916
"I use Mothers Back-to-Black, works great, most autoparts store carries it."

I will have to try the Mothers Back-to-Black, I have just used tire dressing and it seems to do a good job.

Ed

__________________
My Car Webpage

2000 2.7L Boxster 102K; TTP intake, headers, high-flow cats; Dansk high-flow muffler; Autothority ECU chip; TechnoTorque 2; Bilstein coilovers; Racing Dynamics strut brace; stress-bar suspension kit; Aasco lightweight flywheel, B&M short shiftkit; 18" wheels; spare tire delete; OEM GT3 seats; JL audio speakers and subwoofer; Alpine PDX-5/PDX-2 amps; Kenwood DNX8120 CD/DVD/Nav; litronics, deambered
edevlin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2007, 06:42 AM   #9
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Posts: 3,308
HI,

I wouldn't paint mine, I like the contrast between the Black and Guards Red, the car, IMHO, needs a color break at the rear.

The thing to do is to first clean them using denatured alcohol on a rag to remove any previous dressing, road grime, detergent, and open up the pores in the material. Then, I use McGuire's #40 Vinyl Dressing, usually 2 coats. I have also used Black Again (the original formula, no longer made, but I have 2 btls. squirrelled away). The Black Again does a good job, but the McG #40 lastst longer and gives a deeper and flatter Black...

Happy Motoring!... Jim'99
MNBoxster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2007, 06:52 AM   #10
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: chicago
Posts: 3,510
Send a message via AIM to djomlas
back to black definitely does wonders.

and yes, painted bumperettes look great, but on some cars its just too much color if they are painted, especially if car has those speedster bumps and rollbar hoops colormatched
__________________
http://i34.tinypic.com/157yslk.jpg
"I couldn't find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself." ~F. Porsche
Gemballa springs::litronics::Eurotech 18s(275/225)::B&M::MOMO wheel::
exhaust cutouts::EVOcoldair intake::OEM smoked tails & sidemarkers::

colormatched bumperettes::Top Speed Pro-1 exhaust::
my cardomain/pictures page
djomlas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2007, 06:47 PM   #11
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: chicago
Posts: 3,510
Send a message via AIM to djomlas
i detailed my car today, and did this as well.
take a look, much better looking
__________________
http://i34.tinypic.com/157yslk.jpg
"I couldn't find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself." ~F. Porsche
Gemballa springs::litronics::Eurotech 18s(275/225)::B&M::MOMO wheel::
exhaust cutouts::EVOcoldair intake::OEM smoked tails & sidemarkers::

colormatched bumperettes::Top Speed Pro-1 exhaust::
my cardomain/pictures page
djomlas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2007, 07:20 PM   #12
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: North New Jersey
Posts: 440
Quote:
Originally Posted by MNBoxster
HI,

I wouldn't paint mine, I like the contrast between the Black and Guards Red, the car, IMHO, needs a color break at the rear.
I like em painted, Cleans up the rear, BUT I can see how they look good with Guards Red, I dont mind the black bumperette on my G red 911, except for the fact that they are HUGE!

__________________
Marc Gelefsky
02 996 Carrera Coupe 6 Speed Aero
86 911 Carrera Targa

http://forums.rennlist.com/rennforum...tar14266_4.gif
EX-88 951, 87 951, 86 944na, 85.5 944na 00 Audi S4..01 Boxster S .etc..etc
Marc Gelefsky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2007, 11:01 AM   #13
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,814
Thumbs up

Thanks, again, to everybody. A veritable wealth of opinions, all good suggestions. Went with the Mothers BTB, and am very satisfied. The painted ones look good, but with the black top I really like the (cleaned up) black "bumperettes." BTW, Marc, your Boxster's the spittin' image of mine (except for those seal grey bumperettes, of course). You have good taste...
Frodo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2007, 11:30 AM   #14
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,311
Quote:
Originally Posted by Frodo
Thanks, again, to everybody. A veritable wealth of opinions, all good suggestions. Went with the Mothers BTB, and am very satisfied. The painted ones look good, but with the black top I really like the (cleaned up) black "bumperettes." BTW, Marc, your Boxster's the spittin' image of mine (except for those seal grey bumperettes, of course). You have good taste...
If those painted bumpers are good enough for the newer Porsches and Boxsters then why not update the look of your 986? Porsche seems to think it looks better this way even with a black top or any other color. This is how they come standard now days and if they knew back then how good they would look, they probably would have come that way from the factory way back in 97.
porsche986spyder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2007, 03:59 PM   #15
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,814
Why not update? Two reasons. One, painting them (or having someone else paint them) entails work/effort on my part, energy (and bucks) I’d rather spend on other Boxster-related projects. Two, call me old-fashioned (and notwithstanding what the folks in Stuttgart deem “good enough for the newer Porsches and Boxsters”), I PREFER the black bumperettes. Silly, I know, but that’s just me…
Frodo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2007, 04:54 PM   #16
07 Carrera S Cab
 
Boxtaboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 2,273
Garage
On silver, I like them painted:
__________________
Current: 07 Carrera S Cab in Midnight Blue

Previous: 01 Boxster in Arctic Silver, 86 944 in Guards Red
Boxtaboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2007, 05:31 PM   #17
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Alabama
Posts: 128
I must be one of the weird ones. I like the bumpers black (seal grey car) and the amber lights!
__________________
2003 Audi A4 Avant 3.0/6MT - Orient Blue/Beige
2002 Porsche Boxster 5spd - Seal Gray/Black
1990 BMW 325i (convertible) 5spd - Red/Beige/Black Top
larryshomework is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2007, 07:06 PM   #18
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,814
Good for you. If that makes us "wierd," so be it...
Frodo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2007, 07:10 PM   #19
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,814
Oops, I meant "weird." It's fortunate that spelling skills don't seem to be a prerequisite on 986forum (or any other forum, far as I can tell).
Frodo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2007, 11:42 PM   #20
fab
Registered User
 
fab's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Boston MA
Posts: 386
my car is 3x black and with the painted black bumperettes it looks so much cleaner.
Highly recommend!

__________________
00 Boxster Tip Blk/Blk
100% de-ambered
painted center console
painted bumperettes
autoband paint protection
wheel caps & colored crests
door sills
Valentine One
fab is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -8. The time now is 01:18 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page