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Upgrades (non TDI Engine related) The place of handling, lighting and other upgrades that do not relate to the performance or economy of the TDI engine. In other words upgrades to your TDI that don't fit into TDI Fuel Economy & TDI Engine Enhancements.Please note the Performance Disclaimer

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Old March 28th, 2009, 09:14   #1
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Unhappy "soft touch" interior paint / solutions?

Why oh why VW chose to use this horrible soft-touch paint stuff in their cars' otherwise high caliber interior is beyond me. Mine is starting to look bad enough to annoy me on the driver's arm rest and in the area around the gear shift. I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on an OEM interior kit... that involves removing & replacing the radio cage... nor do I want to spend hours on end carefully scraping this stuff off. Has anyone discovered any other solutions??? I've been tempted to try one of those stick-on dash kits, but I'm rather skeptical of how they would look... and if they would last.
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Old March 28th, 2009, 09:18   #2
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So you don't want to replace it, but you don't want to remove it.

What other options are there?

Mine looks like s$%# I just deal with it I guess.
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Old March 28th, 2009, 09:19   #3
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Why oh why VW chose to use this horrible soft-touch paint stuff in their cars' otherwise high caliber interior is beyond me. Mine is starting to look bad enough to annoy me on the driver's arm rest and in the area around the gear shift. I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on an OEM interior kit... that involves removing & replacing the radio cage... nor do I want to spend hours on end carefully scraping this stuff off. Has anyone discovered any other solutions??? I've been tempted to try one of those stick-on dash kits, but I'm rather skeptical of how they would look... and if they would last.
I may be putting one of the stick on wood grain dash kits in my Passat. I have a neighbor who put one on his Honda and it looks good and has not had a problem in a couple of years. I believe the higher quality kits use pretty good adhesives.

Maybe some others will chime in here about the use/reliability of the kits?
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Old March 28th, 2009, 09:51   #4
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There is a how to on vortex about removing it with green scotch pads, and a cleaner called awesome.

I did this to mine and got a little too aggresvie with the scotch pad and ended up painting and clearing everything with krylon fusion paint. Looks good IMHO, and has held up well.
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Old March 28th, 2009, 11:50   #5
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^that's what I'll be doing^ If Krylon has a matte black Fusion, then I'll use that, if not, it's the trusty ol' high temp flat black... (which I use for EVERYTHING).
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Old March 28th, 2009, 19:54   #6
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Mine is holding up well at 203k for the most part, much better than say, a C4 vette or early Mk4 VW(wasnt someone saying the earlier ones were worse??).

All i have to add is that once upon a time at the dealer i worked at, we had the mobile paint guys, and the interoir repair guys who would patch leather/vinyl, dye it, etc.

This guy claimed he had a way to re-do the soft touch stuff to look like the original, and it was more durable. Might want to call one of those places and see what they say, just for kicks if they dont have a solution.
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Old April 3rd, 2009, 12:53   #7
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I have my stuff torn apart to do the green pad and awesome cleaner trick. I was thinking of scouring it a bit and also painting with the krylon fusion, but possibly checking out the textured version. I was thinking of doing the column cover for the steering wheel took. Maybe even the front part of the dash, but that will have to wait until I see how the rest of it comes out.

Something like this in black or graphite... http://www.krylon.com/products/fusio...tured_shimmer/

Anyone have any experience with the textured paint? Will I be setting myself up for future scratch off issues?

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Old April 4th, 2009, 00:32   #8
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Today I pulled the HVAC control surround and just used some Isopropyl Alcohol and an old sock.. Came off wonderfully! Best part is, no physical deformation (i.e. scratches). I'll be doing this to every piece of the interior that has this type of coating.
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Old April 4th, 2009, 07:32   #9
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Keggo you are my Hero!!!! I have spent many hours f ing with that soft touch using everything I could think of with results that were close to worthless. I have never read of using isopropyl alcohol, but damn it works well. I don't know why I never thought of it but I will be doing this to the whole car. Thank you!!!
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Save your money, don't buy the stick on kits. They look like Arse. If it is a paintable piece, the best black paint I have found for the VW interior is Krylon flat black Indoor/outdoor. Sells for $2.50 a can at walmart. I originally painted a gauge vent with Krylon fusion (was too shiny); I resprayed recently with Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Flat Black paint and it has the same VW drab look.

So, remove part; wet sand with 600 grit (cover the white symbols with tape); and spray in passes with Krylon Indoor/outdoor flat black paint FTW.
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Old April 4th, 2009, 15:17   #11
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I went over some stuff with alcohol and a rag. Worked well. I'm not going to bother with paint, looks fine without it.
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Old April 4th, 2009, 15:29   #12
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I have noticed that the older mk4's are allot worse then the newer ones well of corse there not as old but i find the paint in my 2003 is stronger then my mom's 2000. I'm trying to be vary gentle with mine.
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Old April 4th, 2009, 23:16   #13
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Glad it worked! I'm actually working on the driver's side door pull/window switch surround as we speak.

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Keggo you are my Hero!!!! I have spent many hours f ing with that soft touch using everything I could think of with results that were close to worthless. I have never read of using isopropyl alcohol, but damn it works well. I don't know why I never thought of it but I will be doing this to the whole car. Thank you!!!
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My thoughts exactly. Plus, then there's nothing you have to retouch if it rubs off...

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I went over some stuff with alcohol and a rag. Worked well. I'm not going to bother with paint, looks fine without it.
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Old April 5th, 2009, 16:00   #15
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I rubbed mine off with alcohol as well. I painted it a nice shade of silver and clearcoat over top. It still looks great even after 3 years.


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