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Old 09-09-2002, 06:19 PM   #1
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Default Have an STi key and that boring keyless entry FOB? Here's a solution!

Well, I just got my STi key cut today, and while looking at my keychain I noticed how boring the OEM keyless entry FOB is. So I decided to do something about it. It's Krylon time!

I took apart the FOB completely and washed all the pieces to be painted wish warm dish soap. Dried it all off, let it sit. Next a coat of primer on everything. Next, two coats of paint on the body of the fob (silver), and the buttons. And finally, two coats of clear on everything. In between each stage and coat I let it sit for about a half hour...

And now onto the pics (sorry, poor lighting):





It is a pretty damn good match I must say (the blue is a little darker than the key, oh well). It definately looks really cool!

Paint List:
1318 All Purpose Primer Gray
SCS0032(I think) Chrome (bling blang!)
1910 True Blue Gloss
1301 Crystal Clear

All of this paint is Krylon, and the "chrome" paint is Krylon short cuts...

Let me know what you think!
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Old 09-09-2002, 06:21 PM   #2
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You get major props for that. I wish I knew something about painting...
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Old 09-09-2002, 06:22 PM   #3
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I agree the key makes the fob look bad.

Your solution is great! I think I will steal this mod from you.

Do you think the paint will hold up to normal wear and tear?

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Old 09-09-2002, 06:24 PM   #4
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It should hold up pretty well I think. I am going to let the FOB sit in a nice dry area overnight to let it all sit and dry nicely.

I normally have a TON of crap in my pockets, so I should be able to give it a good torture test. I think the key is a lot of fine coats. And a a few coats of clear. It should be ok. If not, strip all the paint off and start again.

Glad you guys like it!
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Old 09-09-2002, 06:25 PM   #5
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DAMN what a great idea. I hope you don't mind me stealing your mod too.
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Old 09-09-2002, 07:09 PM   #6
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Hah I wish I had that much time on my hands.
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Old 09-09-2002, 07:25 PM   #7
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It really doesn't take that long. You could spread it out over a few days if you want... I spread it out over a whole day...
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Old 09-09-2002, 08:16 PM   #8
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SWEET!!!
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Old 09-09-2002, 08:29 PM   #9
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Nice! Mind if I copy you?

All you need now is a little SUBARU sticker.

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Old 09-09-2002, 08:33 PM   #10
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BTW, NEVER post of picture of your key on the Net. I suggest
you edit the pictures real quick.

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Old 09-09-2002, 08:48 PM   #11
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How come every keyless entry thing I see has a red and blue button while I am the only person I know with two gray ones?
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Old 09-09-2002, 09:02 PM   #12
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That looks soooo good!!!

why shouldn't he post pics of his key??
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Old 09-09-2002, 09:04 PM   #13
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Quote:
Originally posted by Cobreth
How come every keyless entry thing I see has a red and blue button while I am the only person I know with two gray ones?
I have 2 grey buttons also......

We are the special ones
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Old 09-09-2002, 09:32 PM   #14
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I don't care if people copy my idea, just remember who did it first

Edited the pics (thanks for the heads up)
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Old 09-09-2002, 10:09 PM   #15
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Quote:
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That looks soooo good!!!

why shouldn't he post pics of his key??
Easy way to make a duplicate key and steal his car.

I should know, my old eclipse was found in Mexico with
a home made duplicate key...

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Old 09-09-2002, 10:12 PM   #16
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Quote:
Originally posted by Schleppy
It should hold up pretty well I think. I am going to let the FOB sit in a nice dry area overnight to let it all sit and dry nicely.

I normally have a TON of crap in my pockets, so I should be able to give it a good torture test. I think the key is a lot of fine coats. And a a few coats of clear. It should be ok. If not, strip all the paint off and start again.

Glad you guys like it!
BTW, if you need to strip the paint use a cup of brake fluid,
it will melt the paint right off, but not harm the plastic.

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Old 09-09-2002, 11:17 PM   #17
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i have two grey buttons too...i thought he had painted the two buttons on the black one.

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Old 09-09-2002, 11:23 PM   #18
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I have two grey buttons too!! Its a conspiracy.

Actually I think they did it because people were getting confused as to what button was lock and which was unlock.
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Old 09-09-2002, 11:33 PM   #19
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Cool, it looks good painted to match. My wrx key fob has two grey buttons also, but my sisters legacy Gt limited had the red/blue ones. Maybe its a legacy thing then.
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Old 09-09-2002, 11:36 PM   #20
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you're a genius
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Old 09-10-2002, 01:05 AM   #21
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the people that haev the red and blue like myself are too poor to afford the alarm so we just have keyless entry, the gray ones are for the ones with alarms, (the special ones)
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Old 09-10-2002, 01:09 AM   #22
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Quote:
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Easy way to make a duplicate key and steal his car.

I should know, my old eclipse was found in Mexico with
a home made duplicate key...

Matt
Darn you!! (i-club cursing rules) I was going to steal the car, now I'll just have to settle for breaking into the house!

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*gray button club*
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Old 09-10-2002, 02:48 AM   #23
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That's odd, I have the upgraded secuirty system with alarm and my FOB had the different color buttons...
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Old 09-10-2002, 10:25 AM   #24
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That's odd, I have the upgraded secuirty system with alarm and my FOB had the different color buttons...
I also have the security system upgrade and orange and blue buttons (NY Mets colors!)
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Old 09-10-2002, 10:45 AM   #25
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LoL, i've got 2 of them as well, both with grey buttons.

And this is DEFINATLY a great idea! I'm thinking about painting one of mine now!
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