I covered my whole car in plastidip, I really regret covering my whole car in plastidip.I recently tried wrapping a small piece of trim in my e61 that suffered the same fate with the coating. Have it a good clean and degrease first wrap went on fine but after a few days with heat from the sun insider the car the wrap started to bubble and lift.
Opted to spray with black plastidip instead,hopefully that lasts better
Much easier and quicker to use brake cleaner, plus theres less chance you ll take the black off as well.Strip down your switch, and buy an oven cleaner (like ''fornet'' which I use). It is a foam in a spray can. Apply some on the ''greasy'' surface, wait for 5 minutes and wipe it. I use pieces of foam to do it,from a sheet 1mx1m which I buy for that reason. Apply another coat and do the same again. After 4-5 times the part will be completely ''grease'' free. Since it is a small part normally it doesn't need to be repainted unless you have scratched it. If we were talking about the centre console things would be different. Bear in mind that the ''greasier'' the part is the easier you will clean it. So it is a good idea to heat it before you put the spray on it. Another alternative of painting is ''wrapping''. I suppose you have seen cars with 3M wrapping. 3M also has products for applications on smaller items. They come in every colour and texture. They even have some with metallic not only looks but ''feel'' as well. You can see many videos in youtube. If you see the result it is truly unbelievable.
You used something far to harsh and abrasive and /or scrubbed too hard, brake cleaner is best for this.I've tried but the base plastic on mine is white which showed through shortly after rubbing
Yours is white underneath too, theyre all the same - injection moulded white nylon, painted black using a stencil (leaving the white nylon showing through in the shape of the electric window symbol so it lights up), then painted with the "soft feel" coating, which then starts to peel off years later. westonprawn used something far to abrasive and/or scrubbed too hard, taking the black off too.Strange, was black on mine (and others), just the text in white, as that is illuminated
Its usually nylon rather than plastic, but if its etched rather than stencilled fair enough.Illuminated switches are white plastic painted black and the graphics are generally etched away using a laser.
No there's no chance to take the black off (I've done it many times), but I agree that it isn't quick. The worst part to become sticky is the centre console. I have changed mine once because I didn't want to clean it as it would lose that very nice mat finish. Generally this coating doesn't last more than 10 years. I hope AR will find other coating materials.I've only had a couple of bad bits so far. A passenger door handle grip was sticky, I just cleaned it and gave it a paint with satin black paint. It was only the inside part so it's hardly noticeable. And the drivers height adjustment lever was sticky. I just cleaned it and left it as is.
I did re-paint my parcel shelf though with fabric paint. Much nicer looking at a black shelf than some strange silver/purple combination.
I ve had the dubious pleasure of working on the interior of a fair number of Golf 5s, it never ceases to amaze me how poor quality the plastics are and how badly put together it is compared to the 147, despite the supposedly excellent VW build quality and supposedly poor Alfa build quality.They don’t use soft-feel paint any more, judging from the Stelvio.
It was a fashion made popular by VW on the 5th Golf.