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Old 11-25-2009, 07:38 PM   #151
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goo gone works to take the paint off
you just gotta spray alot and let it sit
be careful though because its gunna look ugly nasty and crusty when it comes off you just gotta wipe it off nicely
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Old 11-25-2009, 08:33 PM   #152
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I agree with the instructions on this mod with one exception...

Don't just pry off the liner on the hatch. Pop off the plastic piece at the top (above the window inside) between the two pillars first, then pop of the two pillars, and THEN remove the big black liner.

Do this in reverse when you put them back on (liner, pillars, piece between pillars), and you'll save yourself from breaking clips like myself and others have.
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Old 11-25-2009, 08:42 PM   #153
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I agree with the instructions on this mod with one exception...

Don't just pry off the liner on the hatch. Pop off the plastic piece at the top (above the window inside) between the two pillars first, then pop of the two pillars, and THEN remove the big black liner.

Do this in reverse when you put them back on (liner, pillars, piece between pillars), and you'll save yourself from breaking clips like myself and others have.
Good tip man thanks for the input.

Im glad I didnt break any
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Old 11-25-2009, 11:47 PM   #154
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Good tip man thanks for the input.

Im glad I didnt break any
Yeah, I broke two when i went to put the liner back on. I was trying to force the pillars to fit properly with the top part under the liner, and snap!

Oh well, it's not even noticeable. Only way it would bother me is if it started to rattle or something.

Great write up tho, I never would have attempted it without such detailed instructions. Tails came out perfect!
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Old 11-27-2009, 05:37 PM   #155
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I am thinking about doing this pretty soon. Anyone know if this voids your factory warranty? That would be my biggest concern since you are removing the tail lights in order to paint them...
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Old 11-28-2009, 11:51 PM   #156
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^ taillight has nothing to do w/ how your car function which means they won't voide your warranty.

Anyway, what is the best way to remove clearcoat and paint on taillight? Mine faded to pink now and I need to redo mine. But my friends told me goo gone actually crack or melt tail light.
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Old 11-28-2009, 11:53 PM   #157
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Heh thanks for the reply. Asked around a bit too and everyone suggested that it would be fine so I painted them today! Pics up tomorrow when it's sunny

I heard wet sanding would be the best bet to remove the paint since other things may be too strong and hurt the plastic. Wet sand + polish maybe?
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Old 11-29-2009, 04:12 AM   #158
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i used acetone on my paint to remove it.

watch though, because acetone WILL eat at the plastic. It's not bad enough to eat through it, but it will dull the surface. I essentially used it until the paint was super thin, but still there... after that, i used a lot of elbow grease.
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Old 12-02-2009, 03:22 AM   #159
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Just finished up mine with Metalcast and Duplicolor Auto Clear Coat. I think it's so-so. I didn't like the spray pattern of the clear coat. I ended up with a few runs in the clear. Hard to spot if you're not looking for it, but noticeable for me. If I redo it, I'll use the Rustoleum Crystal Clear Enamel. I used it for 4 coats on my winter wheels and I got no runs on any of the rims.

I masked the lights while still installed on the car. It's helpful to turn on the reverse lights and turn signals to help with cutting the tape to size.

I applied 1 light coat, 2 medium coats and 1 heavy coat of Metalcast (in that order). Waited about 20 minutes in between coats of the paint. I went to Costco for groceries, then came back and topped it all with 3 coats of the clear coat (20 minutes apart).

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After one coat



After all the paint and clear has been applied.





Unmasked.




See the run?



Installed. Yeah, I know...needs debadging.








Next time, I'm using this for the clear.

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Old 12-02-2009, 03:45 AM   #160
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Looks good. If I had an 09 this would be the first thing I would do.
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:21 AM   #161
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Definitely gonna tackle this during the winter when classes are over.

Hopefully with the help of somebody who knows a thing or two about painting and cars lol.
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Old 12-03-2009, 01:42 AM   #162
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as of about 7 hours ago i am now the proud owner of an obsidian black pearl 2010 wrx 5 door, much like most of you my only complaint about the car is the tail lights,

what i was wondering is if anyone has "jimmy" modded the tail lights, by this i mean actually seperated the light assembly from the housing and painted the inside of the light, i have done this on several other vehicles i have owned as well as on plenty of friends cars for headlights.

my only concern is that if i were to do it, 1 the leds would not be as bright because they are no longer surrounded by chrome, and 2 i might mess something up with the warranty because i disassembled the headlight.

this is the first new car i have owned so i have never had to deal with a warranty before and it was one of the main reasons i did not buy an older wrx.

thanks in advance for the input
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Old 12-03-2009, 03:47 AM   #163
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so much better than stock
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:31 AM   #164
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i think i am going to go ahead and do this the way i have in the past and actually seperate the housing from the tail light, im jsut debating if i want the inside of the housing to be black or if i want it to be red, i just dont feel like dealing with any tickets for it no longer being reflective or what have you because thats what the problem with the black tail lights and that nightshades stuff is.

police will pull you over because your tail lights are non refelctive at night.im gonna do some research and see if the reflectors in th rear bumper are enough or if you have to have reflective tail lights as well
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:31 PM   #165
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You really need to use a good automotive clear coat if you expect the red to last more than a few months without fading due to the sun. ppg and dupont among other two part clears contain UV blocking compounds in them to keep the paint underneath from fading and they are impervious to other nasty chemicals that will eat right through that rattle can clear.

I do this for a living and have painted over 20 sets with candy red and a nice clear coat.
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:22 PM   #166
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I painted mine with krylon stained glass and a uv resistant clear back in like august. It is already fading a bit. I am thinking about getting them professionally painted.
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:00 PM   #167
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at first it seemd to work really well, then the surface of the plastic got kinda hazy. i think if i wetsand it now i will look good and undo the haziness. i will give it a shot if i get time, but work schedule is kinda crazy right now. sorry for the delay.

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so how did it go?
my tails faded and i want to redo them but am trying to find a safe way to remove the paint first.
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Old 12-04-2009, 02:24 AM   #168
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You really need to use a good automotive clear coat if you expect the red to last more than a few months without fading due to the sun. ppg and dupont among other two part clears contain UV blocking compounds in them to keep the paint underneath from fading and they are impervious to other nasty chemicals that will eat right through that rattle can clear.

I do this for a living and have painted over 20 sets with candy red and a nice clear coat.
How much do you charge, curious what the going rate for a professional job is.
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Old 12-04-2009, 06:13 AM   #169
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How much do you charge, curious what the going rate for a professional job is.
I charge $100 plus your old lights as a core. I also ship any where in the US. I haven't seen anyone else at least in the north east that does this. I have shipped lights all the way out to the west coast last month

This is me HERE.
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Old 12-04-2009, 08:14 PM   #170
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I charge $100 plus your old lights as a core. I also ship any where in the US. I haven't seen anyone else at least in the north east that does this. I have shipped lights all the way out to the west coast last month

This is me HERE.

wow I'm interested.
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Old 12-04-2009, 09:25 PM   #171
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This Looks Great, I Have The WRX Sedan but great idea!!
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:42 PM   #172
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^^^ Add some tint and she'll look even better! Painted tails, mudflaps, and tint make the rear of the '09 WRX look a hundred times better.




I read that wetsanding and then polishing will make them look clear. I might do that at some point with mine.

I think that's one of the best looking new WRX' I've seen.

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Whoa I thought that was my car for a second.

I took my time with this project as my car is not my daily driver. I'll offer a few tips based on my experience.
I tried Blue Bat's overlays first but failed getting the outer lens overlay on. For the price and the look, I think this is the way to go if you get them professional installed. Having said that, if you take your time painting it will come out seamless.
I used Duplicolors Metalcast Red spray paint and then applied Duplicolors automotive clear over that.
I must of sprayed 10 light to medium coats of each leaving 20 minutes between coats. After drying for 48 hours I wet sanded with 2000 grit sandpaper. I then used a coarse rubbing compound followed by some car polish which I buffed in. They look great and when I tell people I painted them, they think I'm lying.

Great work!

Great mod guys, looks really good.
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:55 PM   #173
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I think going w/ overlay is much better option. It's easier to undo and won't have to worry about fading. Mine faded after ~2 months and now I don't know what to do w/ them... I am too scared to use goo gone or other paint remover on my tail light...
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Old 12-05-2009, 06:03 AM   #174
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I think going w/ overlay is much better option. It's easier to undo and won't have to worry about fading. Mine faded after ~2 months and now I don't know what to do w/ them... I am too scared to use goo gone or other paint remover on my tail light...
Polyurethane thinner works great to take the paint off in about 2 wipes. I have had to use it a few times painting tails and it leaves the plastic like new.
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Old 12-05-2009, 06:30 AM   #175
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Duplicolor Metalcast (Couldnt find Krylon for the life of me)
4 Coats of Color, 2 layers of clear coat
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