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I have a Moon white Kodiaq, and ever since I got it I hated the black cladding on the lower part of the car (lower part of the bumper and door panels, the thin line around the wheel arch is ok). Seeing the pictures of the Sportsline model make me dislike them even more. Because to me having them in body colour makes the car look a lot more elegant. So I am thinking of either painting or wrapping them.

I haven't seen a Sportsline in real life, but looking at the photos it seems to have different front and rear bumpers. Front bumper seems to have a small lip and the rear one has a chrome trim with a slightly different lower design so I may not get the exact same look even if I paint or wrap mine. But I won't be ordering Sportsline bumpers (for one I don't think the Sportsline model is coming to Australia; even if does, ordering a new set of bumpers will cost me an arm and a leg because new car spare parts are prohibitively expensive here). Therefore changing the colour of my existing ones is the only option.

But I have a couple of concerns. Painting will probably give me the best finish and the exact colour, But it will be expensive (over $2000 AUD ~ 1300 EUR) and there is no going back (other than to paint them black again which is not the same thing, besides that will cost even more). I am also concerned about painting the parking sensors as I have seen mixed views on that topic, some say a very thin coat is fine, but others say it can mess them up.

Which is why I am now leaning towards wrapping (at least I can remove it if things don't work out). But I don't think I'll find the exact same white colour on a wrap, nor will I be able to leave black accent areas in the bumper (similar to the Sportsline) either, so it may not look as good as I envision.

Has anyone done this or thinking of doing it ? A good or a bad idea? :?:
 

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Some bad news, went to a place that do vehicle wraps and I was told that wraps won't stick to raw plastic. So looks like wrapping is a no go :cry:
 

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I've ordered a lower chin and lower rear bumper panel from the Sport in moon white for mine.
However as yet Skoda cannot get hold of one and cannot give me a price!

But as soon as parts are available they will book me in for a swap.
 

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I do admit that it is not the most attractive look on a car, but let's face it it is meant to be a rufty-tufty SUV not a limo.
If I bought a Jaguar saloon and it was kitted out the same I would be mightily displeased.
But the black plastic is there for a purpose.....protection.
I was very pleased to see the wheel arch guards on the K as they never had them on the Yetis and some dingbat fell into my last Yeti with a bike with no handgrips on the handlebars. made a bad dent in the raised bit of the wheel arch. I would have got away with it if it had the plastic on it.
I have two dogs, one of which is clumsy so I am at least pleased about the plastic below the tail gate as muttly keeps catching her claws on it when she jumps in.
My opinion, if it helps, is learn to live with it. Or spend the $s painting it. but be warned. Plastic needs a specialised flexible paint or it will peel off very quickly. It is a job for a body shop that KNOWS how to spray plastic!
 

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/\ what Colin said; it's an SUV
 

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It's why I waited for the sportline. Matching paintwork but still has the black cladding
 

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aimlisted said:
It's why I waited for the sportline. Matching paintwork but still has the black cladding
Change your order to one with black paint and then it'll match.
 

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Hugh Fanism said:
aimlisted said:
It's why I waited for the sportline. Matching paintwork but still has the black cladding
Change your order to one with black paint and then it'll match.
Last two cars were black. Never again.
 

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I do admit that it is not the most attractive look on a car, but let's face it it is meant to be a rufty-tufty SUV not a limo.
Appreciate your comments, and understand why Skoda might have done it. But personally I think they are too big, a much slimmer trim would have been better aesthetically. Its not a limo, but I believe it is targetting entry-level luxury SUV market, so I'd assume majority who buy one will use it as a jacked up limo with 7 seats for hauling families ;)

Besides, even some of the proven tougher off-roaders like Land cruisers and Land rovers don't have such prominent cladding. Instead, they have body colour bumpers (for the most part) and chrome accents!. So IMO those black exposed plastic is more for show than anything else.

Those plastics on mine have already started discolouring after just 2 months !! So Looks like I may have to start using a trim detailer to keep them looking black, something I really hate to do, because they only last few weeks.

I'm still not comfortable getting them painted (of cause I'll get it done professionally if I decide to go down that route). The other alternative is to plastidip. But not sure if plastidip would stick to raw plastic either. Looks like I have to do some more reading.
 

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the colour coded bumpers are now also avaliable on the L&k versions so should not be long till you can get them as spares
 

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You can 'Chrome' plate plastic now! DIY kits or professional. ;) :lol:
 

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This is why i waited 4 extra months for black instead of white which was in stock however for some reason the back bumper balance still looks a bit out of place , I was too thinking of wrapping but if that's a no go then I too might buy the coded bits . Depending on price of course
 

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Whilst agreeably less pretty the black cladding is more robust and practical with respect to abrasion and dirt. Personally I rather like the black cladding. And hopefully easier to replace if it gets scuffed or damaged. The areas where cladding exists tends to be the points where the car can get damaged. I use a plastic treatment on it after washing to keep it from looking marked. Autoglym or the like.
 

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I am very pleased it has black plastic. I would even have preferred the BP to up to the rubber on the door aperture. As SWMBO dog is clumsy lump and is always getting her claws on the paint between the rubber and the plastic, so I have to ensure a towel is draped over the painty bit whenever 'clumsy lump' is about.! My hound is, of course, perfect and never damages the paint! ;)
I hope SWMBO doesn't read the forum I will never hear the end of me insulting her dog! :lol:
 
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