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Old 14-05-2018, 09:22 PM   #31
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So today.... frustrating and it's probably why I do so much myself, sadly my job means I have little time these days to get as deep into car mods as I once did. Paint being the one thing that absorbs my time so I entrust it to local specialists. Yesterday I removed all the chrome trim to take it to my trusted paint bod... too busy came the reply (wasn't impressed given the amount of work we put his way), so onto the next one...

nah mate can't be painted

and the next one said the same....

FFS, so the only course of action was to **** work, finish early and start sanding the anodising off of the aluminium, ball ache of a laborious job (hence why wanting to pay others to do it) but persevered all afternoon and managed to get the first coat of Etch Primer onto all 6 trims.



that will need flatting back and another couple of coats of etch, then flatten again and then prime and paint.

I've decided on satin black (I say decided, I've got 6 tins on the shelf and I can't be arsed to buy more), then a satin lacquer.


The grill being plastic needs a slightly different process, first off is to chemically remove the chrome trim, if I remember right from my modelling days (Airfix kits, not walking down bloody catwalks) a good soak in Mr Muscle Oven cleaner will remove the chrome to leave bare plastic ready for plastic etch primer etc etc etc…

If the weather holds out I may get it done for the weekend....
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Old 14-05-2018, 09:44 PM   #32
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Be interested in your progress - looking forward to your write up and photos.
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Old 15-05-2018, 04:40 PM   #33
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I didn't fit the supercharger kit to mine, decided it was too much money so I sold it and bought an R35 GTR instead (man maths)

here is mine just before I sold it



and a shot with led interior lights fitted - one of the best mods I did to it for the money!

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Looks the same spec as mine colour and interior wise.
The LED interior mod is great isn't it....
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first coat of black done... couple of nibs but they all need flatting prior to lacquering....

so far so good... not bad for rattle cans and outside...
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I didn't fit the supercharger kit to mine, decided it was too much money so I sold it and bought an R35 GTR instead (man maths)
Well that's impressive man maths work there

Sat in a GTR at Carfest and it was a beast of a motor, would love to try one, let alone own one
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Old 16-05-2018, 10:52 AM   #37
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The LEDs make such a difference it is hard to believe almost.

I think you are going the right way with the painting, I had an A4 before the S5 (the 3.2vs petrol one) and had the Aluminium trim painted but they didn't sand it back first, it didn't last very long before it needed to be re-done (and then I quickly sold the car!)
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Paint doesn't adhere to anodising or chrome, you have to get it back to the base material and then etch etc.... It isn't a quick job
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I thought i'd best show the poor car in her current straight, window edges taped up with duct tape... tonight I deep cleaned the areas the trim normally sits and gave it a thorough seal, i'll waxoil the clips as they have surface corrosion on them.

the interior A and B pillars have been removed to facilitate putting the door seal back on, it would have been impossible to sit it correctly with the interior trims on.

At the 11th hour I changed my mind and have gone full gloss on the trims, I painted them satin black and wasn't loving it, so I flatted the black, gave it another coat and then high gloss lacquer.... sorry for the **** picture but I couldn't capture it that well...


So all 6 trims are now done, they will want a buff and wax once on the car... 24 hours to cure overnight and I may be able to start installing tomorrow night.... Watch this space!!!
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well after dinner the evening suddenly warmed up, the wind dropped and the sun came out.... would have been stupid to not Carpe Diem.....



one side all on, buttoned up and interior back together.... The paint was hard enough to handle and can be buffed tomorrow evening after the other side is installed...


More chuffed than a chuffed thing.....
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