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Old 10-24-2011, 08:30 PM   #1
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Has anyone paint matched the exhaust tip finishers? Any pics out there. I don't like the silver and am debating changes. Carbon fiber, black, or paint match? Thanks!!
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Old 10-24-2011, 08:31 PM   #2
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Old 10-24-2011, 08:35 PM   #3
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Painted mine to match WRB. I also have the BaysonR R205 replica diffuser in case anyone asks.



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Old 10-24-2011, 08:38 PM   #4
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Painted mine to match WRB. I also have the BaysonR R205 replica diffuser in case anyone asks.
Did you paint them yourself? If so can you explain the process. I have a PBP Sti Hatch. I like how that looks...nice car.
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Old 10-24-2011, 08:45 PM   #5
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I did paint them myself using Grimmspeed's WRB spray paint. I sprayed 2 coats of primer, 3 coats of WRB paint, and 3 coats of clear coat. I also replaced the included nuts and bolts with black hardware.

If you're not comfortable painting them yourselves, a shop shouldn't charge too much to paint them.
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Old 10-24-2011, 08:52 PM   #6
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I did paint them myself using Grimmspeed's WRB spray paint. I sprayed 2 coats of primer, 3 coats of WRB paint, and 3 coats of clear coat. I also replaced the included nuts and bolts with black hardware.

If you're not comfortable painting them yourselves, a shop shouldn't charge too much to paint them.
Thanks for the info. I will probably look into a shop as I am not comfortable doing it myself.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:40 PM   #7
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Which screw on the passenger side finisher is a fake? I know it only uses 3 out of 4 to screw in, just wondering which is the fake.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:44 PM   #8
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Which screw on the passenger side finisher is a fake? I know it only uses 3 out of 4 to screw in, just wondering which is the fake.
The bottom screws on the inside of the finisher (towards the centerline of the car) are there purely for aesthetics and don't serve a functional purpose.

For another take, I plast-dip'd mine, leaving the hardware silver:
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:58 PM   #9
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Thanks Shohin, excellent photo. I'm basically trying to figure out if the finisher itself is going to cover up my singed bumper from my Invidia exhaust. I think I'll be able to hide the burnt plastic.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:06 PM   #10
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I always hated those finishers and thought they were tacky, but boy they look magnificent when matched with WRB
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:44 PM   #11
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I don't think they're tacky if they functionally protect my bumper from melting...
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:20 AM   #12
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I always hated those finishers and thought they were tacky, but boy they look magnificent when matched with WRB
I agree that the chrome/polised silver look is a bit gaudy, and personally I think the paint-matching draws even more attention to them. I'd just have removed them all together, but then there would be 6 holes in the bumper . . . so flat black was the most subtle option I guess. I'm going to leave the PD on there for a bit to make sure thats what I want, but I'm planning to permanently paint them at some point.
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:34 PM   #13
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I did paint them myself using Grimmspeed's WRB spray paint. I sprayed 2 coats of primer, 3 coats of WRB paint, and 3 coats of clear coat. I also replaced the included nuts and bolts with black hardware.

If you're not comfortable painting them yourselves, a shop shouldn't charge too much to paint them.
Did you rough up the finishers and spray adhesion promoter on them, or did you just spray primer and paint?
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:17 AM   #14
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ok, so i'll ask the dumb question. the finishers are that much closer to the hot exhaust tips, wouldn't painting them / plastidipping them melt that paint/dip off from the exhaust heat? the supposed idea of those things is to do heat dissipation, but what's the point of painting if it will get warped/bubbled from all that heat? i only ask because i really like the matched look, but don't want to waste $ painting if it will just peel off in a couple of months.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:01 AM   #15
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I've plastidipped my stock exhaust tips, no bubbling after 5 months afaik.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:11 AM   #16
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Did you rough up the finishers and spray adhesion promoter on them, or did you just spray primer and paint?
I gave the finishers a light scuffing with sandpaper, not sure what grit. Than I cleaned them with rubbing alchohol and primed + painted + cleared.

Mine were on the car for almost a year before someone rear ended me, and when I took them off the paint looked as good as the day I installed them. I don't think the heat will have any affect on paint, not sure about plasti-dip but it should be fine also.

I decided not to reinstall them on the new bumper, still not sure if I will put them back on.
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:53 PM   #17
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I'd like to see some pics of these on a DGM hatchback. I'm going back and forth as to whether or not I really like them.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:06 PM   #18
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Just installed mine today to hide my bumper burns.

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Old 01-28-2013, 09:18 PM   #19
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For another take, I plast-dip'd mine, leaving the hardware silver:
Looks good black but I don't like seeing the hardware. It would be nice if they would attach on the inside.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:56 PM   #20
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I did paint them myself using Grimmspeed's WRB spray paint. I sprayed 2 coats of primer, 3 coats of WRB paint, and 3 coats of clear coat. I also replaced the included nuts and bolts with black hardware.
Mine came with these thin black rubber guards running along the entire edge. Did you take yours off? I don't think I see them in the pic. I'm having my shop color match mine and the guy says they would have to take those rubber guards off to avoid paint peel. May not be able to get them back on. If your guards are off, are you seeing any wear between the metal edge and the bumper from vibrations/rubbing? I like to ask OCD questions.
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Painted mine to match WRB. I also have the BaysonR R205 replica diffuser in case anyone asks.



Great job! This will be my first mod to my new (to me) 2012 WRX Hatchback. Thanks for the info and pics!
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I love the look of this!
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