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#1 (permalink) Old 10-31-2004, 06:45 PM
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finally got around to color matching my sideskirts and bumper last night - I think it turned out well, so much sleeker and sexier. It's such a cost-effective mod too - especially the sideskirts.

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did you paint them yourself? with some color matched spray paint or a gun?

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I used paint from paintscratch.com, but honestly if I were to order it again I'd get it from Tower paints - TP: $12 for a 16 ounce can, PS: $29 for a 12.5 ounce can. I didn't notice anything real great about paintscratch's paint other than the slightly faster dry time (although this may have just been because time was sped up from fume inhalation).

I sanded everything down with 600 grit, gave it a good clean with a degreaser and wiped it down really good and let it dry. Then I wiped it down with a tack cloth and laid the base and clear coats down in succession. For optimum paint adhesion, you want to paint when the humidity is low and the temp is at least around 60 degrees. I let it dry for a full day (should have waited a week for it to reach full hardness but I needed to get it back together), then I wetsanded it with 1500 grit to get rid of the orange peel. Cleaned it really good again, dried it, then used 3M fine cut rubbing compound to get rid of the microscratches from wetsanding.

Decided to leave the jack plugs as well as the rear end unpainted - the jack plugs because the paint would probably just chip off anyway because of the constant flexing from removing them, and the rear partly out of laziness and also because I think it looks better with that strip of grey back there. Saw a 328 that's the same color as mine, and thought the rear end looked kind of clunky without the strip of grey (as well as not hiding paint chips as well).
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I used paint from paintscratch.com, but honestly if I were to order it again I'd get it from Tower paints - TP: $12 for a 16 ounce can, PS: $29 for a 12.5 ounce can. I didn't notice anything real great about paintscratch's paint other than the slightly faster dry time (although this may have just been because time was sped up from fume inhalation).

I sanded everything down with 600 grit, gave it a good clean with a degreaser and wiped it down really good and let it dry. Then I wiped it down with a tack cloth and laid the base and clear coats down in succession. For optimum paint adhesion, you want to paint when the humidity is low and the temp is at least around 60 degrees. I let it dry for a full day (should have waited a week for it to reach full hardness but I needed to get it back together), then I wetsanded it with 1500 grit to get rid of the orange peel. Cleaned it really good again, dried it, then used 3M fine cut rubbing compound to get rid of the microscratches from wetsanding.

Decided to leave the jack plugs as well as the rear end unpainted - the jack plugs because the paint would probably just chip off anyway because of the constant flexing from removing them, and the rear partly out of laziness and also because I think it looks better with that strip of grey back there. Saw a 328 that's the same color as mine, and thought the rear end looked kind of clunky without the strip of grey (as well as not hiding paint chips as well).
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Kudos Dude!!!!!
I'm waiting right now for my paint to come in from paintscratch!!!!
Questions:
1- Were you happy with the paint from them, like was it easy to apply the coats?
2- Also how many cans did you need for the bumper & sideskirts combined?
3- Did you remove your front end bumper to paint it?
4- Any other last minute tips would be helpful...I'm looking to be doing this this upcoming weekend. Thanks alot man...Your car looks 1,000,000 times better!!!

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Good Job! Looks great

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very nicely done, looks 100 times better

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Kudos Dude!!!!!
I'm waiting right now for my paint to come in from paintscratch!!!!
Questions:
1- Were you happy with the paint from them, like was it easy to apply the coats?
2- Also how many cans did you need for the bumper & sideskirts combined?
3- Did you remove your front end bumper to paint it?
4- Any other last minute tips would be helpful...I'm looking to be doing this this upcoming weekend. Thanks alot man...Your car looks 1,000,000 times better!!!
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I thought their paint was alright - if you live in a warmer/drier climate you'll probably have better luck. When it's cold and damp out, paint has a hard time adhering uniformly. I thought the dry time was a little shorter, which was nice.

I actually didn't paint my sideskirts - just stripped the grey off with castrol super clean and a hard bristle brush.

Yes, I removed the front bumper to paint it - otherwise you'll get paint on your engine.

I would just suggest that you do it in indoors, as close to 70 degrees as possible. It's all about patience, make sure you wait a few minutes between coats.
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Is it just my display? I can't see any difference in those photos because of the darkness of the pics??
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Kudos Dude!!!!!
I'm waiting right now for my paint to come in from paintscratch!!!!
Questions:
1- Were you happy with the paint from them, like was it easy to apply the coats?
2- Also how many cans did you need for the bumper & sideskirts combined?
3- Did you remove your front end bumper to paint it?
4- Any other last minute tips would be helpful...I'm looking to be doing this this upcoming weekend. Thanks alot man...Your car looks 1,000,000 times better!!!
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I thought their paint was alright - if you live in a warmer/drier climate you'll probably have better luck. When it's cold and damp out, paint has a hard time adhering uniformly. I thought the dry time was a little shorter, which was nice.

I actually didn't paint my sideskirts - just stripped the grey off with castrol super clean and a hard bristle brush.

Yes, I removed the front bumper to paint it - otherwise you'll get paint on your engine.

I would just suggest that you do it in indoors, as close to 70 degrees as possible. It's all about patience, make sure you wait a few minutes between coats.
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awsome job!

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Awesome indeed. I've always been a big fan of paint matching.


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good work. the car looks great!

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