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Old 07-03-2012, 05:39 PM   #187
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2000 Impreza w/ WRX


Originally Posted by tssmith11 View Post
Can anyone help me with this problem?

Bought a 2005 wrx with a kakumei rear widebody kit on it. The dude who installed it must have done something wrong because small cracks started showing up. Wile at school they only got worse, and I couldn't do anything to fix it because I had no garage. I am finally ready to take the kit off, fix everything up and put it back on.
My question is about paint chipping agian. I plan on using 3m panel bond and from what I have read, it should work great. Do you have any advice for me? also, I am not sure how it will look molded/not molded and I feel like molding it guarantees eventual paint chipping. If you think it should be molded, I'm not even sure where to start because I wasn't planning on doing that originally
Any advice would be appreciated

edit: also, where there are cracks, there is rust :/
Sounds like the previous installer put the kit on incorrectly. I would suggest molding the kit, a riveted wide body always looks unfinished. The problem with attaching fiberglass panels to metal is the difference in thermal expansion of the materials. Use the 3M panel bond correctly and there should not be any problems. Here's a link to help:

Follow that for the application, then use a fiberglass style filler for any seams. Smooth with a flexible polyester, then prime.

I'm currently installing an Aerosim wide body on my GC and will have the process here:

Let me know if you have any specific questions, this is an extremely broad topic and you might want to wait for my write up to be done.

Post pictures of these cracks/rusted areas.
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