Saturday, June 27, 2020

Yeti Roof Rails: Black To Silver

using sandpaper on skoda roof rails
I want to change the roof rails on my Yeti from Black to Silver.
But this way?

This is to compliment my 'Outdoor' sill covers and my front bumper decorative strips
What are my options?
  • locate new or good secondhand silver rails
  • remove my black rails and spray them silver
  • spray my rails while still on my Yeti – tons of masking required
  • sand the black off of my rails
I’m sanding them down.
Let’s get started.
I need to start by getting the end caps off...

skoda end caps for roof rails
roof rail end cap removal skoda yeti
I'm going to take 40 grit sandpaper, and water, and just sand the rail.
I really have no idea how hard or how easily the black will come off.

I have never seen this done before, not even on YouTube 😟

40 grit sandpaper from Poland
sanding down the skoda roof
These roof rails are aluminium, by the way.
I know an electric sander or drill attachments will do the job faster but I don’t have those.

And everybody loves their Yeti, so who cares how long something takes, right?

use sandpaper instead of electric sander on car
About an hour and 15 minutes later and the first rail is ready for the second stage.
Now I must sand using finer paper to remove the scratches caused by that 40 grit.

use 2500 on car after coarse grit paper
water and fine sand paper to remove scratches on car

Third step is to break out the Autosol

I am definitely not wanting a mirror finish (which Autosol is capable of producing here), just a light shine and lasting protection.
I won’t press too hard and I won’t spend too long on the same area.

using autosol on skoda yeti metal
The fourth and final step is to use my Corrosion Block waterproof grease. I use this a lot in all sorts of places around my Yeti.
It isn't sticky so should not attract anything to stick to it.

use Corrosion Block waterproof grease on vw,skoda,seat cars

As a finishing step I'll just clean up a few areas with WD-40 and then apply a little Corrosion Block grease

use wd 40 to clean car
brush on wd-40 during car cleaning
rear end cap of skoda yeti roof rail
waterproof grease on skoda suv


car washing in the czech republic
silver skoda yeti roof rails
The inside of the rails I will leave black. This will add to the uniqueness I am striving for with my Yeti. 
Plus it looks kind of cool, too.

aqua blue metallic skoda yeti 1.2 tsi
Thanks for visiting.
And feel free to stay tuned for more Yeti modifications I have planned.
If you need Autosol polish it is here on Amazon
And the Corrosion Block waterproof grease is here

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