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Old 12-02-2014, 10:26 PM   #1
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OMGHi2U How to paint janky car parts

So a few years back someone gave me an eBay front strut bar for Free Fiddy and I rattle canned that jank and slapped it on. Well, over the years, the rattle can efforts have failed and the paint is now looking super janky and my car is better off without the part. I went to a local "Subaru Swap Meet" held by a local shop and stumbled upon another eBay front strut bar for Free Fiddy. So I decided to go full retard on it and swap out the old janky one and document the progress for those not as skilled in the art of the Rattle Can as I (when I put forth REAL effort that is).

Pre Shot (my phone is a potato and my skills are similar, luckily I'm better at typing though some would not agree)



Pink is flaky like a Hardee's biscuit and lots of SuperAIDS everywhere.



Weapons of war. The rattle cans seen are the required parts. The metal polish I ganked from my Navy days and that stuff is SUPER legit but hard to find. The anti-seize is because even Chinese eBay bolts deserve love.



Step one is to disassemble and create the bar to polish, the bolts to clean, and the "feet" to strip. Here are the bolts that have been wire brushed with soap and water and the ends slathered in anti-seize. Yeah....its kinda OCD, but that's sometimes my nature.



Here's a good close shot of the bar all cleaned up. notbadobama.jpg




This is the first pass with the zip strip stuff. Shockingly it does not smell like hot death like you'd think. In the end, I had to use three applications to get all the paint, primer, and body filler? off the part to bare metal.



Once you are at metal, you want to titanically clean the parts as the zip strip is super acidic or alkaline or basey or something so the best tool for the job is the dishwasher. If you rule the house like me, this is no problem, but others may want to do this when the wife is out shopping. So after Mrs. Unabomber gave her blessing, I proceeded.



Here the "feet" are primed and hung for drying. I followed the can's instructions (funny how reading makes you learn things) and did the recommended 2 coats and hung them to dry overnight in the garage.



Here the "feet" are painted and hung for drying. I followed the can's instructions (funny how reading makes you learn things) and did the recommended 2 coats and hung them to dry overnight in the garage.



Here is the whole shebang loosely assembled awaiting the next time the hood gets popped on teh wagon.

Now I know some of you are thinking, "What kind of dill hole post is this?" Well the reason for it is that some people through ignorance, not having the proper guidance, etc. don't know that you can actually rattle can something with a high degree of success. If you clean, prime, and paint with the proper materials you can have a great looking end product that will last to near OEM standards. You can apply most of the methods here on any painted parts that are either janky or you'd like repainted a different color. While this paint job isn't commercial mediablast with powder coat quality, it is 95 levels up from wiped down with a Taco Bell napkin and rattle canned with some sketchy 5 year old black paint.
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Old 12-02-2014, 11:37 PM   #2
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rofl, quality post! love the taco bell napkin part!!
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Old 12-03-2014, 01:33 AM   #3
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can I have yer old janky bar, d00000000000000d
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Old 12-03-2014, 02:13 AM   #5
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Old 12-03-2014, 02:24 AM   #6
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Great post! Good info. Lots of lolz.

Any picture showing legitimate tips on drying technique that also has an ASSMAN license plate in the background gets a thumbs up.


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Old 12-03-2014, 08:21 AM   #7
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Could do but all I have is shiny clear and didn't want to spent the additional $5 on a clear of matte clear as the black I chose was matte finish. Good point though as more protection is better!
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What's a "janky"?
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Old 12-04-2014, 12:43 AM   #13
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What's a "janky"?
d00000000000000d...yew meen yew don now wut jankey iz???

http://www.urbandictionary.com/defin...erm=jankey-ass

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strut bars turn not track cars into track cars
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Old 12-04-2014, 11:56 PM   #15
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strut bars turn not track cars into track cars
a good, one piece, strut barswith a good set of hd cowl stays and a good lower arm bar, and non-stock front strut tops totally transform the way the gd chassis cars drive

its really astonishing how much of a difference there is.....its even better if you relocate the battery and get a lw front bumper beam

most people are idiots and don't do these things and just don't KNOW

some of us DO and DO know

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This thread is pointless. Any idiot with limbs can paint a strut bar (Yes, even Uncle Scotty could figure it out).

Secondly, why make a poorly written DIY anyway? It just clogs up the threads like you idiot moderators always say.
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Old 12-07-2014, 08:59 PM   #17
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This thread is pointless. Any idiot with limbs can paint a strut bar (Yes, even Uncle Scotty could figure it out).

Secondly, why make a poorly written DIY anyway? It just clogs up the threads like you idiot moderators always say.


d000000000000000d...go buy a corolla






oh wait....you DID

...and yer still here???
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Me gusta mi Corolla. Es un coche excelente.
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Me gusta mi Corolla. Es un coche excelente.
"Join Date: Jul 2014" hush.

Quality post kind sir, your photobucket is quite strange however
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Old 12-09-2014, 10:48 AM   #21
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"Join Date: Jul 2014" hush.

Quality post kind sir, your photobucket is quite strange however
Can you link it to this thread? I've never made a Photobucket account before and now you have me curious.

Edit: Nevermind, you're referring to Unabomber.

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