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Old 05-19-2017, 02:47 PM   #26
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Can someone confirm this paint process, that it is the best it can get?

-3m solvent to clean trim
-light wetsand old color with 2000 grit
-clean with solvent
-primer, 2 coats at least
-wetsand primer w/2000 or 3000 grit
-clean
-apply 2-3 coats paint
-full day cure?
-clear coat optional

Done?
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Old 05-19-2017, 03:23 PM   #27
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Can someone confirm this paint process, that it is the best it can get?

-3m solvent to clean trim
-light wetsand old color with 2000 grit
-clean with solvent
-primer, 2 coats at least
-wetsand primer w/2000 or 3000 grit
-clean
-apply 2-3 coats paint
-full day cure?
-clear coat optional

Done?




Wet sand 400/800/1000/2000.
Wash with sponge and dishwashing liquid in between.

Just wipe with a microfiber + alcohol after 2000.

Put in a box to dry.
Paint the trim inside the box then cover. (Up to 5 layers 30 mins interval)
I used krylon fusion satin black.

Apply last clear coat of dupli color matte for wheels. Apply very lightly so as not to flood the trim otherwise it will wrinkle and ruin the whole thing.
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Old 05-19-2017, 03:25 PM   #28
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Wet sand 400/800/1000/2000.
Wash with sponge and dishwashing liquid in between.

Just wipe with a microfiber + alcohol after 2000.

Put in a box to dry.
Paint the trim inside the box then cover. (Up to 5 layers 30 mins interval)
I used krylon fusion satin black.

Apply last clear coat of dupli color matte for wheels. Apply very lightly so as not to flood the trim otherwise it will wrinkle and ruin the whole thing.
I also baked this after the satin black for an hour at 180f. Another hour after the clear coat.
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Old 05-19-2017, 03:38 PM   #29
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I also baked this after the satin black for an hour at 180f. Another hour after the clear coat.
That panel looks great!

You used a MATTE clearcoat? Is that a non-gloss coating?
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Old 05-19-2017, 03:47 PM   #30
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I've pretty much decided on spark silver for the climate bezel to the door lever bezels. Now, either dgm or sem satin black for all 4 window switch trims.
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Old 05-19-2017, 03:48 PM   #31
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That panel looks great!

You used a MATTE clearcoat? Is that a non-gloss coating?
Matte clear coat for wheels yes.

Gloss sucks balls. Creates too much static and attracts dust. Matte does not.
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Old 05-19-2017, 03:49 PM   #32
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That panel looks great!

You used a MATTE clearcoat? Is that a non-gloss coating?
Non gloss.
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Old 05-28-2017, 07:50 PM   #33
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I just picked up a wrx shifter trim and the color combinations going through my head are nonstop.
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Old 05-29-2017, 02:54 AM   #34
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I just picked up a wrx shifter trim and the color combinations going through my head are nonstop.
Settle for a dark. But dont go black
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Old 05-29-2017, 03:24 AM   #35
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I'll be honest. I'm kind of considering this color (86F) Blue Steel Metallic. Like Derek Zoolander 'Cool'.

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Old 06-04-2017, 04:19 PM   #36
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This could be a nice trim color

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Old 06-30-2017, 11:42 PM   #37
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my order of obsidian black pearl and onyx grey metallic came in!

I'm hoping I only need 1 can of obp for the exterior rear chrome trim and the front chrome grill.

As for the onyx...... I'm thinking window switch panels and doing a two tone for the shifter housing. The large area where the 'sti' logo would be I'll order (86F) and the outer part of the trim I'll do onyx.

Does anyone know if I could get all 4 window switch panels and a little bit of the shifter housing done with one 12oz can?
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Old 07-01-2017, 11:06 PM   #38
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Excited to get rid of the ivory panels. Shifter housing will get the outer portion painted onyx, which is strikingly similar to DGM. I wouldn't be surprised if they are the same. All panels are getting onyx'd, too.
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Matte clear coat for wheels yes.

Gloss sucks balls. Creates too much static and attracts dust. Matte does not.
Did you use the VHT matte clear for wheels?
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Old 07-01-2017, 11:41 PM   #40
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Did you use the VHT matte clear for wheels?
Yep. Apply clear coat a day after and very lightly or it will wrinkle.
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Old 07-08-2017, 12:48 AM   #41
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Painting my front grill, and skeptical on how the rustoleum clear will hold up.

I'm confident in all of these cans but the rustoleum clear. I'm just not sure how long it will take to dry. Even if it doesn't spray on evenly, I can still sand it down, but I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with it. Anyone?

I'll be using each can in the order from left to right.


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Old 07-19-2017, 11:42 PM   #42
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Wow. I've never seen an 08 wrx dash picture. The knobs are a little different from later years, less gimmicky, I like it. The shifter trim is the same as the n/a models, though.
Hi Sky,

Man I've got something to ask you, about the long climate bezel.

I'm painting mine right now and I have it laid out


How did you go about painting this without getting overspray when applying the basecoat? I just got done laying down the second coat of primer and got some overspray just right of the circular control holes, on the right arm from spraying that face with all of the knob holes. Did you spray the face from side to side or top to bottom?

Got any tips or tricks you could share? I know that once the basecoat is down you can do a light sand, but... it can get sketchy and I'm realllly trying to avoid that.
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Old 07-19-2017, 11:57 PM   #43
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Painting my front grill, and skeptical on how the rustoleum clear will hold up.

I'm confident in all of these cans but the rustoleum clear. I'm just not sure how long it will take to dry. Even if it doesn't spray on evenly, I can still sand it down, but I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with it. Anyone?

I'll be using each can in the order from left to right.


I used the Rustoleum Clear at the start of the year. I was painting my WAIC gold then using the standard clear over, not the triple thick one you were showing. But it went on well and looks to be pretty tough. I dis 3 coats of clear leaving a good day to dry between them (this was also in Summer). Seems to be lasting ok.
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Old 07-20-2017, 06:33 PM   #44
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nice looking panels. you did a great job with it!
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