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Old 07-10-2000, 09:34 AM   #1
DoctorMoo
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Location: Vancouver, WA
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Silverthorn

Question Painting the front bumper vents?

I've got a Silverthorn MY00 and have decided to get rid of all the orange lights and trim on it. I tried some searches for instructions on how to paint those little orange bumper vents, but didn't see any...

I bought some hi-temp spray paint to do my brake calipers with and I'm wondering if I could use the same stuff (so that the colors match) on the vents. Would this work? Would I need to prep the surface somehow? primer it?

Anyway, if anyone can share some group wisdom on transmogrifying those tacky bumper vents, I'd appreciate it...

moo.
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Old 07-10-2000, 09:41 AM   #2
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ha ha ha i beat all of you azscooby guys to it
check out their page
http://www.azscooby.freeservers.com/
i was looking thru theird mods section this morning and noticed one of them had painted theirs silver
hope this helps
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Old 07-10-2000, 10:40 AM   #3
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I did this to my car one of the first days I had it.

First you take an allen key and put in in the slot, turn it 90, and pop out those vents (only a slight scratch in the back is possible doing it this way).

Secondly, I took some steel wool stuff that is used like sandpaper (I got it at Home Depot) and sanded it all down a little. Made sure everything was roughed up and cleaned it off with a rag (though one of those sticky terry cloths might be better).

Lastly, I just whipped out some flat black and painted them. Let them dry overnight and put them back in. Worked great.
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Old 07-10-2000, 10:55 AM   #4
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When I had my fog lights out I reached in behind the vents and pushed them out easily with two fingers. Just find the tabs and push. I put a light coat of plastic primer(for plastic models). The got some blue paint and sprayed on two coats. They have been in for 2 months and they don't have a scratch on them and they hold up to my pressure washer. I will try and get new pics for ya. I did the "painted grill emblem" mod in blue also. Those two things make nice and subtle accents to the car. My car is sliver also.
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Old 07-10-2000, 01:31 PM   #5
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Along with the sanding a quick wipedown with some denatured alcohol will remove any wax or silicone buildup that might cause fisheyes. It also remove the dust left from sanding.
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