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Old 11-18-2009, 10:35 PM   #1
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Default 2008 WRX hatch rear trim (chrome) DIY

Hey NASIOC,
I searched for a DIY on this but all i found was one for a sedan. As you all know, the 2008 hatchbacks come with an ugly chrome piece between the tail lights. I found overlays that just look stupid and stick out, so i decided to give it a try and paint it myself. I will post pics of steps i took. Basically its 1) remove tail lights on the trunk, 2) pop out back piece (interior of trunk), take out screws using 5/16", 3) take off chrome trim, 4) sand&paint.. By the way, the trunk release button is pretty hard to get out of the chrome trim, so i took off a little more of that piece just to get it out. I have an 08 WRB wrx hatchback and i plan on painting the chrome trim black, for now. I will post pics when its light out. Hope this helps anyone who had the same problem.
Pictures will be up tomorrow!

-Mike

Tools needed:
-5/16"
-flat head
-painters tape
-sand paper



steps:
1) remove interior of trunk


2)remove all screws using 5/16" (i forgot what the poptabs are for =X)







**only allowed 10 pictures per post so im going to add steps 3-11 on the next page**
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Old 11-18-2009, 10:50 PM   #2
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well, i think there were 2 clips on the release button... but i think how i took it out was quite easy. I basically detached the wires, then took out the whole chrome trim with the wires, and took the release button out. then put it back where it came from so i can shut the trunk and have the release button out.

i've got a quick question though... i've attempted to paint my trim with plassti-dip after sanding and prepping, but the plasti-dip just peeled off. i'm assuming its because i only scuffed up the chrome, but how did you do it?

like, did you take the chrome off completely so its left with plastic? or am i just missing a paint promoter thing.
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Old 11-18-2009, 10:52 PM   #3
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^ i never dealt with plasti-dip so i have no idea. sorry.. but what i started to do was sand it down to the plastic until all the chrome is completely gone.. maybe use 100grit and then smooth it out with a higher sand paper.. i did the same technique i stated with the grille.. so far my grille is perfectly fine, paint-wise.. no chipping, no scratches.. but i did get some wax on it, so i just repainted it matte-black using rustoleum spray paint from home depot.. but best bet is to sand it completely to take off the chrome for the best hold
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Old 11-18-2009, 11:29 PM   #4
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why does everyone seem to love plasti-dip? its terrible and will never do anything but peel. if you must use a rubber looking product just use truck bed coating. its much more durable. it is quite possible to get a texture from normal run of the mill flat paint.


for that trim piece you could use wrinkle black, that would look cool. or rustolium makes a black paint with metallic in it, resembles OEM metallic paints. would look better than flat black.
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:13 AM   #5
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3)remove tail lights (3 screws/ 2 on side of trunk, 1 in the interior of trunk)





4) remove chrome piece



5) sand chrome piece until chrome is completely gone (didnt take pictures, too lazy lol)
6) wash and dry COMPLETELY
7) paint using the color of your choice (i used rustoleums textured matte black spray paint then rustoleums matte-clear overcoat)
8) re-screw chrome piece first. DONT FORGET about the trunk release button!!!!!!
9) re-screw taillights
10) re-attach interior trunk piece
11) DONE!
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:14 AM   #6
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^ in the process of debadging.. kind of.. what do you guys think of "IM A WRX" ? LOL
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