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Old 03-10-2017, 12:24 PM   #1
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Default Tips to refresh 80's foam/rubber spoiler?

I figured there are more pro/am detailers here than just about any other forum I frequent. I recently picked up a 1987 Subaru coupe. The paint will need a lot of help (or just redone) but my question relates to the foam-rubber spoiler on the hatch.

How would you folks take care of this?

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Old 03-22-2017, 10:11 PM   #2
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Maybe you could sand it with a ultra fine paper then get a black type of paint for rubber or even plastidip??

Worse case maybe find a replacement part on eBay or LKQ?
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Old 04-22-2019, 04:49 PM   #3
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Unfortunately these spoilers are unobtanium in NOS condition these days, even used they just aren't available.

Anyone else have any suggestions besides body filler and paint?
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Old 04-22-2019, 07:46 PM   #4
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That's the rubber spoiler itself coming apart, not so much the finish.

Honestly, I came in here blank, but the idea of Plasti-dip may work and it may work well too.


Just happened to think: Light coats and test in a hidden area. Ever spray painted foam? Not sure what the spoiler is made from, so be safe.
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Old 04-23-2019, 08:38 AM   #5
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oh wow, my 87 Celebrity had one of those foam spoilers.
Having had one, I honestly dont know what you can do about it. The material itself is the one that is decomposing. Painting over it will look nasty. Maybe use some water based protectant to prevent further decomposition?
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Old 04-23-2019, 04:21 PM   #6
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This particular spoiler is unpainted, but depending on trim, it came painted as well. I have a painted one in storage, I'll look at it to see if they have a coating or intermediate layer between the rubber and the paint.
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