Okay, so it isn't a mod, but it is the best thing to happen to my Passat since I bought it used a few months ago.
I spotted a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser under the kitchen sink today and decided I should try it on the nasty gunk that had built up on the interior handles on my beige Passat.
I didn't take a before picture of the driver-side door pull because I didn't expect it to work that well...
This was from maybe 1 minute of cleaning. I'm shocked! It was nasty looking before, and I'd actually started pricing replacement plastic peices!
(The sun moved on me in these shots, but if you've got scuff marks and mechanic fingerprints on the inside of your ligher-colored Passat you NEED to try these Magic Erasers out.)
Before -- I had cleaned this with water, windex, goo-gone... everything I could think of.
After (sun moved a bit between photos) -- All the junk gone! Did take off some of the rubbery stuff on the handle, so be careful.
Before -- I had scrubbed this with a soapy rag and got it this clean...
After -- literally a minute with the Magic Eraser
- Absolutely perfect for kick marks on hard plastics inside car, did wonders for that strip of bumpy plastic that you step over to get in the car
- Don't use on painted/scratchable surfaces
- It seemed to make deep scratch marks in the rubbery surfaces more noticable -- i.e. it takes off the black junk, but also takes off some of the rubber. Be careful and rub gently!
- Anything dark you use it on will need to be washed off with a rag after, as it leaves white residue that comes right off
- Didn't try it on the black lowers, but I'm going to after I wash the car
- I used it on the steering wheel to get off all the crap from the lotion-wearing previous owner. It took it all off and looks like new now, but do this at your own risk as it could damage the coating or something, I don't know.
- Didn't "Magically Erase" the fog on my headlights -- yeah, I tried it.