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Old 06-02-2014, 10:04 AM   #1
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OMGHi2U How to fix janky trim

My WRX is 11 years old and starting to show her age, so here are the results of my putting lipstick on a pig for you to follow, replicate, or hate on.

1. Find janky trim pieces. In my case, the pieces were the wiper arms, trim along the bottom of the window, and the rear trim piece behind the rear window. I used the same techniques/materials discussed on all parts though the pics below are only for the driver's side pieces.
4. Assemble supplies. The pics below show what I used and all in, its under $20 including the blingy blue tape which is shockingly expensive.
3. Clean pieces first. I used Stoner's glass cleaner which probably isn't the "best" cleaner, but give a guy a break.
4. Mask. This is where you need to channel your inner OCD as this is the most critical step. If you aren't good at perfection, trim painting is not for you.
5. Overmask. I used a dropcloth and several old towels. This is all the protection you really need as the 2ish inches of tape absorb 95% of the paint force unless you totally suck at spray painting.
6. Priming. 1 "scratch coat" of primer AKA super light coat. Wait until dry ~3 minutes, then a full coat.
7. Painting. 2-3 coats with the trim paint.
8. Let assembly stay a full hour before removing and then do so carefully as the paint has not fully cured. Its tempting to remove sooner, but even the slightest touch with screw up the paint within the first hour. 24 hours would be the minimum cure time I'd recommend before really touching the surface.

My work on the trim has only happened in the last 2 weeks, so I cannot report on the longevity, but as to the appearance of the product, I am highly impressed with the Rustoleum products featured as the trim paint makes for a perfect OEM like finish with a slight sheen.


Janky trim closeup. Notice....the bottom window trim piece is divided into 3 sections. There is a small bottom rubber section (1/16th of an inch or so), a middle metal section (3/8ths of an inch or so), and a top rubber section (3/8ths of an inch or so) that makes the real window seal. You have to mask the top rubber parts (super easy) and the lower rubber section (not bad, but takes more time) as you do not want to paint rubber....some overspray may happen, but you never want to paint rubber.

Masked Step 1

Masked Step 2

Closer shot, all done. Notice the rubber/painted/rubber sections I was talking about above?

Broader shot, all done

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Old 06-02-2014, 12:43 PM   #2
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Thumbs up. That rear piece behind the window drives me nuts, seems to be the only one that decides to chalk out on most subies I see including my own.
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Old 06-02-2014, 12:49 PM   #3
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Mine came from Florida so it was sunbaked for 15 years before I got it. The trim is worse than that, it's getting so bad that the rubber strips are coming off and curling up.

I'm probably just going to suck it up and spend a couple hundred on new trim when I repaint it, the clear is gone off most of the top surfaces too.

I've repainted a few wiper arms and it held up for years, not sure about the side trim.
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Old 06-02-2014, 12:49 PM   #4
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Looks really good!
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Old 06-02-2014, 01:06 PM   #5
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looks good.
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Old 06-04-2014, 11:07 PM   #6
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So the only surface prep you did was a wipe down?
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Old 06-05-2014, 03:03 AM   #7
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ron...what ya REALLY need is a big burlap bag full of cats and a bucket full of kerosene and.........
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Old 06-05-2014, 06:45 PM   #8
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I'm loving the excessive use of the term "janky", thanks for that Unabomber

Looks good btw. Also, the use of towels in the last masked pic is epic.
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Old 06-06-2014, 06:49 PM   #9
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great tips
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