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Old 03-15-2001, 12:32 PM   #1
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Post Official: How to paint the plastic trim in your RS.

OK you want to go to a specility paint shop (not walmart), and get a SPRAY can of a paint that adheres to flexible plastic... if they dont know what you are talking about... take them to your car and show them. Plus they will have ALL kinds of hues and shades to choose from!

Also, pick up some solvent that cleans off and preps all your stuff..

You should use only two coats of the paint... The can should be just about finished after that.

Important... remember where EVERY screw goes to.

ok first lets take apart the center console.
Open the jockey box... see the screw caps??? pop them off... take out the screws lift up on the plastic.. it will pop out..detach the power side mirrors.

unscrew your shift knob (counter-clockwise) then take off the plastic trey area that is all one piece... DO NOT detach the leather boot from this!

Now... you can paint those items if you wish... just put masking tape in places u dont wanted painted... like the leather boot and the ebrake rubber housing.. also, be sure to pop out the coin holders unless you want to point them.

take out your ashtray.

take a flathead and wedge it between the stereo surround near the climate area.. pop out each side.. the top of the surround should be detached. now detach the cigarette lighter witring... make sure you remember how it reconnects.

remove stereo surround... paint when ready...

now the center vents/dash console... http://photos.yahoo.com/bc/kevmanuk?...l=fld3&.src=ph

make sure you have a yahoo account.

Ok the doorhandle area. unscrew the big screw in the handle area... take a flathead near the area by the tweeter... pop it out.
same goes for the sidevents. take a flathead and do the same... they are a little tricky, but the wil come out too!

Now... the gauge cluster surround... drop the tilt steering wheel to it's lowest setting. Two screws are located on the top of the cluster area... feel for them.. you wont strain your neck... take out the screws... now pull from the area near the steering column..it will pop out. Paint it.

now if you wish to get the plastic behind the plastic cover.. this is simple... pop all the clips that the plastic is secured to.. really simple.

Then there are 3 screws in the bezel...2 near the sterring column and one up top... remove all.. then pop off the bezel... not hard. Paint it.

Once the bezel is off.. you can then take off the face plate for the gauges... it just sits there so all you have to do is take it off.

-Kevin

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Old 03-15-2001, 10:12 PM   #2
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Do you think it would be a good idea to put some sort of clear-coat on top to protect thepaint?
I'm considering painting mine (silver), but I am really worried that the paint will chip/scratch easily, especially considering that most of these areas are "high traffic" spots.
BTW, your interior looks really good!
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Old 03-16-2001, 08:12 AM   #3
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The only places I have experienced paint chipping is in areas I constantly remove... like the gauge area (blue lights)

Case in point: The tray thingy near the shifter gets tic tacs, phones, change, you name it thrown (not placed) into there, no scratches... all that with just 2 coats of paint..

Clearcoating wouldn't hurt it, but I dont eben have a clue if you can buy clearcoat in an aerosol can. It might give it a nice constant shine, which would look nice.

Lets put it this way... if you cant get it in a spray can, you will then have to buy a spray gun (not cheap) and then buy paint. A more expensive process than it is worth.

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Old 03-16-2001, 10:18 AM   #4
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On my previous car I painted a few things and after a while they began to get scratched. This may be because It got broken into and the glass shattered all over the place but your fingernails and other objects can scratch the paint. I would go to Napa or Pep Boys and buy a clearcoat. They make one that comes in a spray can and it will help make the paint look professional and help it to last.
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Old 03-16-2001, 11:43 AM   #5
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How do you get the vents off?

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Old 03-16-2001, 02:42 PM   #6
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best paints to use are tamiya model paints. Cost a little more, but durable.

First get the primer, go with about 2 coats of that, then the colour (2 more coats) and then top it off the tamiya plastic clearcoat, (as many coats as you can, 2+ a good idea)
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Old 03-16-2001, 05:55 PM   #7
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Your topic says that you are telling me how to paint, but all I see is how to pop everything out??? ROTFLMAO

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Old 03-16-2001, 06:38 PM   #8
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Here's mine in silver. I love it. I sanded with 400 grit black sandpaper, washed the parts with Simple Green, and used Krylon Sliver METALLIC paint...REALLY looks like aluminum. Spray very light coats and it'll turn out very smooth. I didn't use a clear coat and still have no problems with scraping.
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Old 03-16-2001, 10:21 PM   #9
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Rally:
That silver looks great!
That's it -gonna do mine this spring (when i know it won't rain for awhile, and can work with doors open).
No chipping, eh? How long since the paint job?
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Old 03-16-2001, 10:26 PM   #10
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I did mine too.. Mine is painted to almost the same colour as BRP but a little more purple and added blue pearl to the clear coat.. looks awsome under sunlight..
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Old 03-17-2001, 07:00 AM   #11
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My biggest concern is how difficult this is for the average joe shmuck. I mean do you need years of experience painting to get this right, or just a slight knowledge, IE. 4 to 5 inches away in a side to side manner?

I wouldn't want to have my pieces with run spots on it.
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Old 03-17-2001, 10:51 AM   #12
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mines silver to, hey RallyGuy2k you should do the top vent and the piece under the e-brake. real simple to do. the only thing i haven't done is the top vent, i got a 01 and has that stupid carbon fiber on it, i hate that stuff. now i got to spend $80 bucks just to get the piece without the carbon on it. damn factory
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Old 03-17-2001, 03:36 PM   #13
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QuickDrive...

I bought my car in July of 2000, before that I had never used a can of spray paint on anything or even changed the oil on a car.

I have learned so much about my vehicle by just experimenting and getting little bits of advice from this board.

With spray paint it's kinda hard to get run marks on the plastic trim of your car.. jus make sure everything is really cleaned well before you do anything

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Old 03-17-2001, 10:01 PM   #14
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Damn, yo...All that makes me kinda glad I have a MY '96 Impreza. My center console bits were a piece of cake to take off to paint. I also did the piece around the gauges with the switch balnks in 'em and stuff. I didn't paint the banks, though, so it looks pretty darned cool. I also used something a little different on mine. I used that grey/black/white speckled trunk interior paitn stuff. I need to re-do two peices, though. The part down around the shifter got scratched by something I had to haul for work, and the piece aroudn the center vents got messed up when I was putting back in 'cause I got the paitn a little too thick and it wasn't dry yet. Once I get those pieces re-done I'll get some pics. Man do I need a digi-cam.
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Old 03-18-2001, 08:47 PM   #15
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the best way I heard of is to use vinyl that way it doesn't chip...
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Old 03-19-2001, 03:37 AM   #16
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Kevin: Yeah, they do make clear coat in a spray can. I've used it many times before, and it's GREAT. Very protective. Here's a pic of the can for you guys.

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