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Old 05-07-2001, 11:03 PM   #1
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Exclamation Attention: Great info for those who want to do some custom painting

A couple weeks ago I painted my sideskirts on my Silver 2000 RS coupe. How much did it cost you may ask? It cost a grand total of....

$70.00!!

Yep...and it was VERY easy too. I went down to the nearest auto paint store...Neds in Concord, which sells PPG paint. I had already taken off the skirts to show them what I wanted to do. I have an air compressor, tank, and gun at home so I planned on buying the paint and spraying them...which they said was fine...and quoted me a price of roughly $130.00 for the paint, flex agent, adhesion promoter, reducer, and final clear coat. That was a BIT pricey...and I guess they saw my reaction so the guy thought for a moment and said...

"Would you like it in spray paint cans?"

So that is what he did! I walked out of the place with two cans of Subaru Silverthorne Metallic paint! Plus one can of clear coat brought the grand total to $70.00.

It was pretty easy to do too. I just built a paint booth using plastic sheets and painted the skirts as they hung from the cealing. A quick sand, then clear coat...and all done!

The match is exact. 100% exact. And even though it was spray paint...it came out perfect! I really should give 'em another sanding, silver spray, and clear coat...just to make 'em TOTALLY perfect (they look fine, I just feel that the paint is a bit thin).

Anyway...if you are local to the Bay Area I'll give ya directions to the place. Otherwise, call around! It can save you tons of money.

D. Neil Crawford
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Old 05-08-2001, 12:55 AM   #2
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Do you have any pics? I'm kinda interested in going this route for the side skirts, spats, and lip spoiler.

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Old 05-08-2001, 06:26 AM   #3
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(they look fine, I just feel that the paint is a bit thin).
Right now, I bet they are about 10 times thicker than the rest of the paint on your car!

That is cool though. Pics would be nice if you could manage it.
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Old 05-08-2001, 10:42 AM   #4
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Greedy for pics eh?

Well...here ya go!

I'd post 'em up on the thread here but they are simply HUGE! I've got to run so I don't have time to shrink 'em down for you...this was just the easiest way to put 'em up. (OK, I'm lazy )

First picture

Second picture

Thrid picture

So there ya go!

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask me anytime. I'll be back soon.

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Old 05-08-2001, 11:28 AM   #5
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I've also used spray paint in the past too and while it does save on cost, I find that it doesn't adhere to the surface as well as shooting it from a paint gun. Spray paint tends to come off a lot easily which isn't a big concern if you're doing interior or metal parts. I also found with spray paint, a lot of paint is wasted going into the air instead of the part itself. I'm surprised that you could do both sides with 2 cans. I would be curious to how durable spray paint would be on your plastic sideskirts from all the rocks over time.

Glad it worked for you.


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Old 05-08-2001, 02:17 PM   #6
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I think the "spray paint" he got had the flex additives and stuff already in it........................
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Old 05-08-2001, 02:32 PM   #7
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Can you give me directions to the place?

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Old 05-08-2001, 03:33 PM   #8
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I am putting on mud flaps to try to cut down on rock problems.
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Old 05-08-2001, 05:17 PM   #9
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Im over on the east coast...but do you have a name for the company that makes the paint? Is it a Subaru product or will a car parts place just have it? Ive been dying to do this. i dont understand why it even comes black. It looks so much better matching the car. Thanks.
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Old 05-08-2001, 10:14 PM   #10
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You can try www.paintscratch.com. I am thinking about getting some spray paint from them, but I will first try some local paint/body shop before I order from them. They have the correct color code on their order form for Silverthorn Metallic, so hopefully they should match the other Subaru colors. Good luck!
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Old 05-09-2001, 03:32 PM   #11
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Sweet. Thanks alot. Im gonna check it out ASAP.
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Old 05-09-2001, 03:40 PM   #12
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Hi guys...

You should be able to go down to your paint supplier.. and say how you want your paint..

Either in spray cans (aerosols) or in tins for use with a paint gun.

For a piant gun, you can either get cellulose paint.. where u can add thinner... or get 2 pack... when you add a harder.. either air based or heat based hardener.

With aerosols (spray tins) they should be able to mix in all the additives.. like a flex agent... or a high build agent...

Just tell then what you want..and they should be able to mix it

Costs me about 25 bucks for a tin (0.5 litre spray tin) of custom matched paint.

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Old 05-10-2001, 11:17 AM   #13
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OK....here is the info on the place where I got my paint.

It is called:

Ned's Auto Body Supply Inc.
(925) 676-6780

They are a PPG paint company...so I would assume that any PPG paint company that can make spray cans would be able to make matching paint for any Subaru. They just took the code off the car...and bingo...we had paint.

A couple notes:
-The stuff that comes out of the cans STINKS! It is very powerful...be VERY careful
-I was able to paint all the skirts with two cans because I built myself a paint booth...a tiny room in the garage out of plastic sheets. I hung all the skirts from the roof and painted them one after the other. A lot of the overspray went onto the other skirts. It worked fine.
-I am sure it would have been much more efficient to use a compressor and gun. But I was lazy. Besides...it's good enough for me!
-Since my dad liked the color so much he painted his green Accords hubcap covers the same color. That left just enough paint left over to paint my dash backing plate silver as well. Yes...I'll post pics.

Any more questions...feel free to ask!

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