e87 black panels around the windows and next to the side mirrors

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e87 black panels around the windows and next to the side mirrors

Post by lukeallison » Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:43 am

Hi, just wondering what finish these black sections are...

Mine are super beat up and need a good cut and polish but I'm wondering what sort of surface it is before I use the wrong product.

Hopefully it's just black paint with clear but it looks glass-like.

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Re: e87 black panels around the windows and next to the side mirrors

Post by marco_polo » Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:42 am

They're usually just a very soft plastic, I'd use a very gentle polishing compound to avoid marring.
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Re: e87 black panels around the windows and next to the side mirrors

Post by MaxM140i » Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:48 am

I have just done the same on my sisters A3 which also have soft plastic panels.

1) used a cutting polish by hand to get the heavier marks and scratches out.
3) used a DA with & Scholl S20 Black all in 1 polish.

They came out perfect, i then chucked a couple of layers of Fusso to protect - i reckon it took me no more than half an hour to get both the panels back to perfect (or near enough, i couldn't get her key scratches out... who opens the door then uses the panels to get in while having a keys in your hand!)

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Re: e87 black panels around the windows and next to the side mirrors

Post by Nyxeris » Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:43 pm

I used Meguiars Plast-RX to tidy up the high-gloss shadowline trim on some folding mirrors I'm retrofitting. I had them off the car and used a 3" microfibre cutting pad on my DA where possible but the tight bits I did by hand were just as good.

Very happy with it for £8 from Halfrauds, from more than about a foot away they're flawless (bar one massive scrape on the o/s mirror tip which is going to need sanding out when I can be bothered).
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Re: e87 black panels around the windows and next to the side mirrors

Post by lukeallison » Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:00 pm

Thanks for all the replies, mystery solved. The previous owner of my car clearly wore a lot of jewellery so I feel your pain regarding the scratches from women. Under the door handles are decimated and most of the soft touch plastic (steering wheel, cup holders) is scratched also. I'm thinking of spraying them with plasti wrap.

So to confirm, the sections I'm pointing to here are just plastic? Now I understand why they're so much more beat up than the clear coat.
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Re: e87 black panels around the windows and next to the side mirrors

Post by Nyxeris » Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:06 pm

I don't know what the door pillars are made of but the mirror housings are 100% plastic. I'd mask off the surroundings (and window seals) and try a light wet sand, compound and polish first though. More likely to restore the factory finish and if you're unhappy you've still got spraying as your fallback.
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Re: e87 black panels around the windows and next to the side mirrors

Post by lukeallison » Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:00 am

Turns out they're called b pillars and there's a thread just below mine that covers this.
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