Roof Rails From Black To Silver

Roof Rails From Black To Silver

27th June 2020 Off By Yeti Admin

To complete the ‘Outdoor’ look that I am going for with my Yeti I need to change the roof rails from black to silver.

Regular readers might remember that I have added decorative sill covers and also front bumper decorative strips to compliment the front and rear diffusers that are standard on Yetis. Silver rails should finish off ‘The Look’.

And I notice that some Yetis that aren’t even the ‘Outdoor’ version have silver roof rails. I like them. I want them. 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 car – tons of masking required
  • sand the black off of my rails

I’m sanding them down.

Let’s go.

Off with the end caps…

roof cap

roof cap for skoda yeti

I’m going to try 40 grit paper and no water 😱

Here goes…

40 grit paper

yeti roof rack

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?

About an hour and 15 minutes later and the first rail is almost ready for the second step…

sanded roof rack rail

The second step (at least in my head anyway) is to use P 2500 grit paper coupled with water to remove the scratches that the 40 grit paper left behind…

fine grit sand paper

using wet n dry paper

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…

polishing skoda roof rack

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…

waterproof grease on skoda

🧙‍♂️ wizard Yetisdorf is typing…
Before you pat yourself on the back why not clean up the areas on your roof where the rails are fastened?

Okay, wizard. That is a decent idea. Thanks.

how to clean embedded car grime

loosen car grime with brush

cleaning up the rear skoda rack

using waterproof grease on skoda

Naturally I do the same things on the other side. 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.

A blistering hot day today and the sun is relentless. Just look at it hit my newly accomplished silver roof rails…

outdoor package for yeti

Good times 😎

skoda yeti roof storage

car wash in Most Czech Republic

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Feel free to stay tuned for more modifications I have planned.

You can see what I have done so far, here: Yeti Customisation

And I am always interested to hear about your Yeti, whether customised or not.

If you want Autosol polish it is here on Amazon

Corrosion Block waterproof grease is here

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