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Old 11-03-2004, 06:22 PM   #1
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Just got my STi replica wing in today. $130 shipped . Happy to report it's great quality, ABS plastic, no waves, both peices fit together great, no a single scratch or chip, very smooth. It came from auto earth if your wondering. Anyways - I'm going to go around for some estimates tommarow...what are some things to look out for & good questions to ask the shop so I know I'm getting a quality paint job? Also, what is the paint code on an '04 WRB?
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Old 11-03-2004, 07:06 PM   #2
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Make sure the holes line up and make sure it sits flush on the trunk lid before you do anything.
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Old 11-03-2004, 07:54 PM   #3
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Your best source of finding out info on the shop is ask to speak with previous customers, or find people that have gotten work done by them. Also see what kind of spray booth they use, some are just a room where you paint others are state of the art with temperature control and what not. There are several different brands of paint out there that are very good. We happen to use Sikkens and it matches perfectly for subaru paint (it is the oem paint of mercedes benz). The paint code they should have if they are a reputable shop, but i believe it is on the sticker on your door still. A tip for where ever you bring it is to bake the wing first (to get all the oils out of it) then prep it and then paint it.

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Old 11-03-2004, 08:08 PM   #4
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Ask for referrals so you can see some of their work. The bodyshop I took mine to used my vin for the paint code because there wasn't a code on my door sill. A couple of things about you autoearth spoiler. The 2 plastic strips that are about 6 inches long and about 1 1/2 inches tall, don't use them. They will make the spoiler sit up off of the trunk lid, I couldn't use mine for that reason. I don't know why they come with the spoiler. And don't be like me, give them the 6 plastic caps to paint also, the ones that cover the 6 screws that hold the 2 halves together. I was also impressed with the quality of the spoiler when I first got it, and would recommend autoearth to anyone who wants an STI spoiler for their car and don't want to spend the money on an OEM STI spoiler. If you want to save the money, you could install it yourself, it is very easy to do, especially with the "T" strips that come with it. All you need is a drill and a screwdriver. Another thing, the factory hole that it doesn't line up with and you can't use, fill it with RTV because water will leak under the spoiler and drip into the trunk, I found that out yesterday. I need to get some RTV and fill mine. If you have any questions PM me. Be glad to help you.
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Old 11-03-2004, 08:19 PM   #5
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Ask for referrals so you can see some of their work. The bodyshop I took mine to used my vin for the paint code because there wasn't a code on my door sill. A couple of things about you autoearth spoiler. The 2 plastic strips that are about 6 inches long and about 1 1/2 inches tall, don't use them. They will make the spoiler sit up off of the trunk lid, I couldn't use mine for that reason. I don't know why they come with the spoiler. And don't be like me, give them the 6 plastic caps to paint also, the ones that cover the 6 screws that hold the 2 halves together. I was also impressed with the quality of the spoiler when I first got it, and would recommend autoearth to anyone who wants an STI spoiler for their car and don't want to spend the money on an OEM STI spoiler. If you want to save the money, you could install it yourself, it is very easy to do, especially with the "T" strips that come with it. All you need is a drill and a screwdriver. Another thing, the factory hole that it doesn't line up with and you can't use, fill it with RTV because water will leak under the spoiler and drip into the trunk, I found that out yesterday. I need to get some RTV and fill mine. If you have any questions PM me. Be glad to help you.
Thanks, I remember your post about a week ago when I mentioned I had picked up the spoiler. Thanks for all the little tips. I don't have a drill though & have never drilled metal before...so I think I'll leave the install for them as well.
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Old 11-03-2004, 08:29 PM   #6
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The 2 plastic strips that are about 6 inches long and about 1 1/2 inches tall, don't use them. They will make the spoiler sit up off of the trunk lid, I couldn't use mine for that reason. I don't know why they come with the spoiler.
I just saw in the instructions "Subaru Impreza Ver. 8: Needless to use the below parts No. C/1/2"

N. C/1/2 refer to the plastic strips and the screw/washers used to attach them. Mystry solved.
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Old 11-03-2004, 08:36 PM   #7
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I guess I need to read the instructions more closely from now on. Didn't see that. Thanks for letting me know, I was wondering about that. Anyway here is some more info, one bodyshop wouldn't give me a real quote, they just said "about $200 to paint and install". That is the bodyshop I went with and it cost me $107 for them to paint it and I did the install myself. The other bodyshop wanted $380 to paint and install. Both are reputable shops in my town with a big variable in quote prices. Good luck and post pics after you get it done.
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