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Old 12-03-2001, 12:21 PM   #1
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Thumbs up painted side skirts (pics)

A couple of us SoCal people got together to try and paint our side skirts/spats. My car turned out to be the guniea pig because we knew we didn't have enough time to do all of 'em. We found a PlastKote paint that matched perfectly and went to work. Here's how it went:

1. Removed spats
2. Cleaned with surface cleaner
3. Sanded
4. Primed (flexible primer)
5. Painted
6. Sanded
7. Painted
8. Clearcoat x2
9. Let dry
10. Re-install

When I have some time. I'll take 'em back off and wetsand and clearcoat again, so they look extra good.

All in all it worked great. We didn't have as much time as we hoped, so we didn't get to the front and back, but I'll get to that. Until then, the car doesn't look TOO goofy .

Here's some pics:

before



after



detail







As you can see from the last pic, we masked off the bottom and didn't paint it 'cause it's gonna get destroyed anyway. If you are feeling lucky/risky, I'd give this a try. Make sure you have enough time (full day), and if you can, do it in some place like a garage (less dust to sand off between coats)

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-Steve
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Old 12-03-2001, 12:25 PM   #2
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Looks good, see ya around
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Old 12-03-2001, 10:16 PM   #3
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that looks good monovich...wish i could have made it. how did the paint match up?
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Old 12-04-2001, 12:13 AM   #4
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Looks real nice.

Now I just need to get myself some side skirts...
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Old 12-04-2001, 12:49 AM   #5
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Much better!
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Old 12-04-2001, 05:25 AM   #6
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great job i'm next,i'm also thinking of removing the pin stripe to pull the whole thing together. thanks for thee idea.
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Old 12-04-2001, 11:54 AM   #7
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Thanks for the props. I'm dying to finish the front and back! Ahhh!

Krockett, the paint matched perfectly, it is indestinguishable (sp?) from the factory paint. I was pretty happy about that. It was very nerve-racking painting it because it could have turned out so ghetto. I'm happy and surprised at how well it worked.

Interesting thing: The silver on my car is a different silver than the one on the impreza, his has a tad bit of champagne color in it. It's a good thing we did mine first, because the color would NOT have matched his car.

I'll let y'all know when I get the front and back done.

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Old 12-04-2001, 06:46 PM   #8
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did you guys end up getting the plastkote paint from home depot?
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Old 12-04-2001, 07:38 PM   #9
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We got it at Pep Boys. We weren't sure which silver to get. Then we noticed the cans have manufacturers names on top. So we bought the silver that said "Subaru" on the top of it".

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Old 12-04-2001, 07:45 PM   #10
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I think it looks great
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Old 12-07-2001, 08:27 PM   #11
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hey steve, how many of those plastikote cans did you end up using for just the side skirts? also, where did you guys get the flexible primer? i looked at pep boys and they didn't have any.
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Old 12-08-2001, 02:20 AM   #12
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Krockett,

To be safe, plan 2 6 oz. cans per side. they cost 4 or 5 bucks per can.

I got the flexable primer at pep-boys. I bought the last can at the one I was at, so maybe they don't stock much.

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