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Old 09-02-2012, 02:33 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Transfromation of a WRX winged trunk to Wingless

Hey guys so I have been looking for a wingless for quite a while now and it seems that wingless are SO rare! O.O

So I thought maybe I might just do a DIY and post pics for you guys to see and comment/guide me

I purchased a PSM winged trunk off another nasioc member here for $50 . Note: I own a 2004 WRB WRX, and I do realize that I bought a PSM. The trunk was around a 7/10 quality there were some rust on the left side.






When I got them from him, he already sold the spoiler, and subaru badge so two less job to do

I already started to sand



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Old 09-02-2012, 02:37 PM   #2
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I finished sanding using 150 grit and took me around 30 mins becuase I forgot I have a sander :/



I sanded layer by layer starting around the holes. Im going to be welding the holes up so I sanded around the holes until it was bare metal. And I got rid of the rusted left side too




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Old 09-02-2012, 02:40 PM   #3
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And this is what I have so far



Since I don't know how to weld, ima be doing some research around town. I heard that some people use vinyl screening + bondo, straight bondo, and some use fiber glass.

If anyone has any experience plz help? thanks :3
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Old 09-02-2012, 07:25 PM   #4
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good job hope turns out good for u thanks for the good deal
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:19 PM   #5
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good job hope turns out good for u thanks for the good deal
Thanks! Did u give me some feedback btw? I left u some feedback already
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:36 PM   #6
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I pop-riveted a piece of metal on the backside of my keyhole. I drilled 3 holes around the original, hit them with a ballpeen hammer to countersink them, put the piece on with the rivets, and filled with filler. BOOM. It was done.
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:51 PM   #7
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I pop-riveted a piece of metal on the backside of my keyhole. I drilled 3 holes around the original, hit them with a ballpeen hammer to countersink them, put the piece on with the rivets, and filled with filler. BOOM. It was done.
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Old 09-02-2012, 10:12 PM   #8
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Sorry, I actually did some googling and pop riveting sounds pretty good. Did you put the metal interior or exterior?
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:29 PM   #9
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So I went to home cheapo today and got some bondo



I got the fiberglass mesh thingy and i add it to both sides of the trunk. I did some cutting made like 20 small squares.



Applied some bondo around the hole then put the mesh on so it would stick. After that, I covered the whole mesh thingy with bondo.





Left to go eat! enjoyed some labor day steak
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:33 PM   #10
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After i came back, the bondo were as hard as rock O.O

Used 80 grit sand paper and starting to sand, via hand and sweat since I couldn't fine my sander >



I sanded it down until i could see little parts of the mesh, I realized that primer is going to smooth everything out, so a little teeny weeny bump wont be that bad
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:56 AM   #11
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So you place the mesh (1 for each side) between the holes and applied the bondo? It looks pretty good can't wait to see the final product!
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:25 AM   #12
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So you place the mesh (1 for each side) between the holes and applied the bondo? It looks pretty good can't wait to see the final product!
Yup, and thanks! Will keep going!
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:34 AM   #13
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Looks like a good project that could really turn a profit as long as you have the time to spend. I might look into doing this as well. Might even create my own doluck trunk. Hmmm
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:43 AM   #14
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Cool write up. Can't wait to see more. I been wanting to do something like this for a while or least start getting used to some body stuff. That way I can add another thing for our performance shop to do.
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:46 PM   #15
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So I just picked up my white primer yesterday and found a little paint roller





I sanded the whole trunk with 80 grit sandpaper then washed it and waited it to dry, don't want anything to mess up :O



I found some old drape and put it under the trunk! Here's my first primer layer waiting to dry!

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Old 09-04-2012, 02:02 PM   #16
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I don't mean to nit pick but having a layer of fiberglass over each hole will be very noticeable.. regardless of how smooth you transition it into the old paint. i would only use it on the inside. Make sure that rustoleum primer is compatible with whatever base coat you decide on also. Good luck
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:08 PM   #17
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That bondo is going to start sinking over time, the best and only way of doing this is getting the hole welded closed.
I did the same exact thing to my old car after about 6 months you could clearly see where the bondo had sinked and the trunk looked like ass.
I would remove that bondo and take it to a shop they can probably weld close the holes for under $100
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:01 PM   #18
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Thanks for the heads up guys! Unfortunately i have already started to primer and sand if the bondo shrinks...can't i paint like a "rubber" layer over my trunk first before i paint the actual body paint? Also wont the clear coat hold?

I was doing do research about the whole weld the holes / fiberglass it.
My theory was that if i covered the bottom of the holes and put an entire layer of tough coating before the actual body paint plus clear coat, it wouldn't sink.

But then again I am a complete noob at the stuff and years of experience might be better...
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:18 PM   #19
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I think over time it will sink, but every other step you've taken is right on target. I'm glad to see a noob really gettin his hands dirty! Good write up!
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Nice job!
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:53 PM   #21
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Update: turns out this method doesn't work
Unless I leave bumps on my trunk, the bondo is actually going through the hole

I'm re-sanding the bondo off and calling local auto shops to see if they can weld for me. I called one already and they said that without access to the backside of the hole, it's going to be a very difficult job .
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If you go buy some metal adhesive from lowes then you can glue a coin over the inside or a thin sheet of metal then fill from the outside and sand smooth.

Just a suggestion for a cheap way without welding.
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:04 AM   #23
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If you go buy some metal adhesive from lowes then you can glue a coin over the inside or a thin sheet of metal then fill from the outside and sand smooth.

Just a suggestion for a cheap way without welding.
Is it kinda like panel bonding, epoxy, etc? I was think about that, but couldn't find info on it
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anything you use other than welding will be temporary, in time even using the coin.
It will not be a 100% seal and the outline of the coin will be visible over time.
believe me I've tried it, it just doesn't work in the long term.

but you guys are welcome to try it
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:15 AM   #25
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Ok, does anyone know how I should prep it for welding? Do I have to cut the bottom out so the welder can access the back?
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