Finally removed my bumpstrips from my Astra G (3 door) after researching and making sure I knew exactly what I was doing, see thread below...
I got them off, and gave them a bloody good clean
I then taped up the holes with maskin tape so I didn't get any water in the door cards
Gave all the strips a wash in warm soapy water, and I began sanding with the help of my mate from C2 SPORTS club, we used 400 Grit sandpaper, but the textured plastic just didn;t seem to budge... so we got a little rough, and got out some rough, harsh 80
Now we were talkin bye bye textured plastic.
Once we got rid of the texture, we used 120 grit, the picture below shows the progress form 80 (top strip) to 120 (bottom strip)
80 to 120
Starting to get somewhere, we then used 240 grit, again the picture below shows the progress from 120 to 240, top strip is 120, bottom is 240
120 to 240
A little difficult to tell by the pictures, but it's definately getting smoother finally we went from 240 to 600, and it felt smooth enough to me Top strip is 240, bottom is 600
240 to 600
Happy, and arm aching it took us a couple of hours, found it difficult getting round the corners. The picture below compares our final result with a standard, un-sanded strip.
Sanded vs. Unsanded
So... it started to get dark, so we called it a day, gave them all a wash, and I'll prime them up tomorrow with the plastic primer i bought from halfrauds (I was told specifically to use PLASTIC primer)
Oh... this picture is a little random, but when I got in my house, and had my tea, I couldn;t help but take a picture of my new friend/mod!
Wonder if this adds BHP!?
To be continued...