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Old 08-09-2009, 10:36 PM   #26
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Here are mine. The hatch isn't fully closed thats why they don't line up.
I will be removing that chrome strip soon...anyone know if you can paint it?


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Old 08-09-2009, 10:39 PM   #27
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Fantastic work!
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Old 08-10-2009, 05:08 AM   #28
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Here are mine. The hatch isn't fully closed thats why they don't line up.
I will be removing that chrome strip soon...anyone know if you can paint it?
Yep you can definitely paint it, although it is highly recommended that you find a way to remove the 'chrome paint' first. The paint will not properly adhere if the strip still has the glossy chrome finish on it. You can probably just use some fine grit sand paper and paint thinner to get rid of the stuff.

Search for some DIYs on painting the strip, there are a bunch of them out there, and they all give a general idea of how to do it properly.

and to the OP, nice job! Looks fantastic, I'll probably be doing this some time soon also
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Old 08-10-2009, 12:54 PM   #29
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Its just like doing the headlight painting, you sand, clean, primer, then paint. Just its waaaaaay easier to do the hatch strip, haha.
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Old 08-10-2009, 02:11 PM   #30
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I think it's great all of the work you guys are doing, plus it looks great!

However, doesn't anyone find this a little ironic? For years, red taillights were never enough and the Altezza taillight craze made everyone go for clear aftermarket taillights. Automotive makers caught on and now make a fair amount of factory clear taillights. NOW, people are changing the clear taillights to a solid red color...once again, not knocking what you guys are doing, because it looks good, but, seriously....does anyone else find this funny?
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Old 08-10-2009, 02:36 PM   #31
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Yea, but it's just how trends seem to work.
I really enjoy the technology behind the tail lights being and LED and never really thought much about them until I saw this thread. Within a day I had all the tools and was painting away. Who knows, maybe Subaru checks this forum/threads and they will change the clear taillights for '11.

I remember seeing a lot of complaints on the '08 impreza's of the amount of chrome present on them and it looks like for the '09 they listened and removed some of it and left stock colors.
Has anyone had any experience using this before?
Amazon.com: 2008, 2009 Subaru Impreza 5-door Hatchback STI-Style Tape-on Rear Hatch Trim Painted to match 64Z Newport Blue Pearl: AutomotiveAmazon.com: 2008, 2009 Subaru Impreza 5-door Hatchback STI-Style Tape-on Rear Hatch Trim Painted to match 64Z Newport Blue Pearl: Automotive

its a tape overlay to put over the rear chrome strip, i just wonder if its even worth it or just buy the unpainted part and paint the strip myself.
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Old 08-10-2009, 03:01 PM   #32
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I would stay away from it. Taping over the chrome piece is just asking for water to get trapped in there and peel the chrome paint or worse. If you are that concerned I am sure there are shops in your area that will paint that one piece a factory color for the same price or maybe less.
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Old 08-10-2009, 09:58 PM   #33
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^ I say go for painting it. Chrome looks like poopy.
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Old 08-10-2009, 09:59 PM   #34
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Paint it red to join the two tail lights!
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Old 08-11-2009, 12:26 AM   #35
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Just so you all know, you can buy unpainted STi hatch trims from SGP for about 55$ (before shipping).

That way you can go back to "stock" if you ever needed to, for whatever reason
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Old 08-11-2009, 12:38 AM   #36
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OMG dude that is WAY clean, bravo
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:06 AM   #37
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Just so you all know, you can buy unpainted STi hatch trims from SGP for about 55$ (before shipping).

That way you can go back to "stock" if you ever needed to, for whatever reason
55? Where are you looking?
I see $111, before shipping.
https://www.subarugenuineparts.com/p...oducts_id=1333
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Old 08-11-2009, 06:35 PM   #38
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looks alot better.
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Old 08-11-2009, 06:42 PM   #39
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looks amazing
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:05 PM   #40
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Got my top brake light done too!!



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Old 08-11-2009, 08:36 PM   #41
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Looks nice! I'm doing this next time I've got a few hours!
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Old 08-12-2009, 01:56 AM   #42
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looks good!
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Old 08-12-2009, 02:53 AM   #43
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That looks so pro, DIY +1 FTW!!
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Old 08-12-2009, 01:38 PM   #44
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Has anybody used another type of paint for this? I just went to Michael's and no Krylon stained glass/transparent paint there, so I got the Valspar stained glass in "red". The cap looks a little pinkish, so I'm a bit worried it won't work. I'm going to test-spray something else before attacking my lights, but I figured I'd check to see if anybody has tried this other paint.

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Old 08-12-2009, 08:58 PM   #45
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Those tails look 1000x better, great write up. I just ordered the lamin x set for my hatch, should have them on by next weekend.
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Old 08-13-2009, 11:05 AM   #46
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When you applied the tape to the lights, did you use an exacto knife to cut the lines cleanly?
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Old 08-13-2009, 11:25 AM   #47
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Awesome mod. I wonder how it will hold up in the long run...?
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Old 08-13-2009, 01:37 PM   #48
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Has anyone seen this done on the 2007 chrome tail lights?
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Old 08-13-2009, 01:48 PM   #49
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Awesome mod. I wonder how it will hold up in the long run...?
From what I've read, the best long-term results have been from Duplicolor Metalcast Red with Duplicolor clearcoat overtop. But, a lot depends on the pre-painting prep -- lightly sanding the surface and cleaning. As well as wetsanding the painted surfaces or not... so I'm not sure enough people have done this so far to make a judgement on which paint is holding up best
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Old 08-13-2009, 10:57 PM   #50
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Did mine with Krylon a few months ago. This has been kicked around IWSTI for a while.
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Has anybody used another type of paint for this? I just went to Michael's and no Krylon stained glass/transparent paint there, so I got the Valspar stained glass in "red". The cap looks a little pinkish, so I'm a bit worried it won't work. I'm going to test-spray something else before attacking my lights, but I figured I'd check to see if anybody has tried this other paint.
I'd stick with the Krylon, even if you have to order it from somewhere. A friend of mine did his with Testor's, and it's noticeably more dull. The krylon come's out very glossy.

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When you applied the tape to the lights, did you use an exacto knife to cut the lines cleanly?
Yup, here's a tip. Mash out the reverse lights with the key on and the car in reverse. You can see the outline of the reverse light section shining right through the tape. If you mask the turn signal area, do it with the lights still on the car, so you mask evenly across the reverse light/turn signal areas. Guess how I figured this one out. I fixed mine by just respraying over the turn signal area...

Also, if you spray the turn signals, I suggest a clear bulb rather than keeping the amber one. Of course, maybe you like red-orange turn signals... I keep meaning to order up some red LEDs for the turns, but haven't gotten to it.

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Awesome mod. I wonder how it will hold up in the long run...?
From what I've read, the best long-term results have been from Duplicolor Metalcast Red with Duplicolor clearcoat overtop. But, a lot depends on the pre-painting prep -- lightly sanding the surface and cleaning. As well as wetsanding the painted surfaces or not... so I'm not sure enough people have done this so far to make a judgement on which paint is holding up best
I didn't clear coat mine, they held up well for about 3-4 months in the FL sun. Then I just resprayed 'em dark again. They were starting to look pink instead of red. I also didn't sand them, either. I just cleaned them real well and wiped them down with a bit of rubbing alcohol.
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