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Old 05-04-2006, 11:54 AM   #1
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$50 bucks and a whole day's worth of watching paint dry, I end up with this.

I got colour matched paint from Cawthra automotive. BS. It wasn't colour matched at all! I'm hoping that the colour will match a little better as it dries and with some more time. But then again, for $50 total for materials, there is really nothing to complain about, and with such a big improvement in looks, the pics speak for themselves.

Another thing for those thinking about painting themselves, the rocker panels will be fuzzy because of the texture. It won't match with the rest of the car no matter how colour matched your paint is.

Anyways, if you want to do this, here are the steps I took.

1. Clean off area and scoff with a scotchbrite pad or very high grit sandpaper. Then clean again with degreaser, then again with water, then again with dry cloth.
2. Mask off the area you don't want paint on...best to use the entire width of the newspaper if your using newspaper.
3. Adhesion promotor. Do two coats, which must be done within 10 minutes of the first coat. For the front bumper, I did 3 coats.
4. Flexible primer. 2 coats. First coat within 10 minutes of last adhesion promotor coat. I again, did 3 coats on the front bumper.
5. Colour Coat. One hour after last primer coat. Two to 3 coats.
6. Clearcoat. Don't listen to anyone who says the colour stage has clear in it- it's barely shiny. Do clearcoat one hour after last colour coat. I did two coats everywhere, and finished the can on the front bumper at 4 coats.







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Old 05-04-2006, 12:46 PM   #2
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well its not off buy much......looks like a pretty good job. Rreally cleaned up your ride.....great work!
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:10 PM   #3
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For $50, that looks awesome. It probably isnt exact because the paint on the body is faded. Either way, the painted skirts look 100x better than the grey.
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:18 PM   #4
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looks very good man......nice job
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:24 PM   #5
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good job
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:32 PM   #6
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very nice job, dude. looks great! i don't see in the pics any difference in colour. but maybe my eyes suck. it looks matched to me!

by the way - is it just me, or did u change ur rims for the before & after pics too?
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:54 PM   #7
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Can you take some hi-res shots of the bumper strayed? did you paint this outside?

Looks good, i may have to do this
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Old 05-04-2006, 03:18 PM   #8
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Thanks for the complements everyone...

To answer the questions asked...

The rims are the summer set. The steel with crap hubcaps are the winter set...also notice snow in background lol...

And, I sprayed it outside, killed a lot of brain cells, but it was worth it...if you do it in a garage, you'll be on cloud 9 after the first coat of adhesion promotor!!
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Old 05-04-2006, 03:19 PM   #9
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Paint looks good from up close? Or does it actually look like a rattle can job
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Old 05-04-2006, 03:20 PM   #10
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Old 05-04-2006, 03:23 PM   #11
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Paint looks good from up close? Or does it actually look like a rattle can job
The sides look rattle canny...just because of the texture of that stupid rubber crap...otherwise, the front and back look good- but it doesn't have that "shine" of the factory finish...even after lots of clearcoat...
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Old 05-04-2006, 03:31 PM   #12
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Honestly, it still looks MUCH better than your stock headlights!
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Old 05-04-2006, 03:33 PM   #13
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The best mod for $50.
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Old 05-04-2006, 04:41 PM   #14
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Yeah my "color matched paint" from cawthra wasn't very well matched at all.... but they eyeballed it.

From the pics I'd say the problem isn't with the paint, it's that the rest of the car needs a good buffing.
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Old 05-04-2006, 05:02 PM   #15
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