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I finished up the last of my paint touch up projects before winter sets in. If I ever get a chance to redo my work, I'll probably spend more time sanding the plastic down but it's "passable for now". A slight improvement from the OEM black finish.

It's hard to tell but it's BCM OEM body color.

Results are hard to notice. It still looks like trim plastic to me. I broke a few clips while removing the plastic shroud and had to resort to adhesive weather strip glue to compensate where the clips are missing.

Here some photos of the ordeal. If you try this yourself, check the pics of the backside of the plastic shroud and you will see what the clips look like and how many line the edges.
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Here's a wide shot:
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QUOTE (late8 @ Nov 18 2008, 05:32 PM)
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I finished up the last of my paint touch up projects before winter sets in. If I ever get a chance to redo my work, I'll probably spend more time sanding the plastic down but it's "passable for now". A slight improvement from the OEM black finish.

It's hard to tell but it's BCM OEM body color.

Results are hard to notice. It still looks like trim plastic to me. I broke a few clips while removing the plastic shroud and had to resort to adhesive weather strip glue to compensate where the clips are missing.

Here some photos of the ordeal. If you try this yourself, check the pics of the backside of the plastic shroud and you will see what the clips look like and how many line the edges.[/b]
It is hard to tell from the pictures that it is BCM. Looks good, though!

I fully agree on the clips....PITA for sure. I lost about 3 overall and used plastic epoxy to put them back on which worked great.

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QUOTE (BlackCherryChick06 @ Nov 18 2008, 03:26 PM)
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It is hard to tell from the pictures that it is BCM. Looks good, though!

I fully agree on the clips....PITA for sure. I lost about 3 overall and used plastic epoxy to put them back on which worked great.[/b]
Thanks..It&#39;s really tough to tell what color it is until you&#39;re inches away from the car. I was hoping to see more of the mica in the paint.

According to the paint instructions, I have to wait 48 hours before I can "polish" the finish.

BTW- Yours turned out great! I wish I had more body color. 12 oz. covered three solid coats. How many coasts did you paint?

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on the wide shot it looks like you sanded the exhaust port so that it&#39;s open at the bottom. Did you ever think to sand it to the point where it&#39;s level with the rest of the bumper? I would like to see what that looks like.

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QUOTE (Speedtown @ Nov 18 2008, 04:32 PM)
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on the wide shot it looks like you sanded the exhaust port so that it&#39;s open at the bottom. Did you ever think to sand it to the point where it&#39;s level with the rest of the bumper? I would like to see what that looks like.[/b]
I had major frustrations with my MagnaFlow tips. I had them orginially centered within the plastic exhaust outlet but due to alignment issue with the whole exhaust piping the tips slightly melted the outter edge of the plastic exhaust port.

I bought skinner MagnaFlow tips and had them welded in but they looked like $hit in the oval outlet. You can see the slightly melted edge in the close up pic of the skinny tip. (In center of yellow rectangle).

I went back to the original tips the exhaust came with but this time I hacked the bottom of the plastic outlet out of frustration and angled the wider tips down to clear the plastic shroud.

I wanted the tips to slightly stick out but not exposed completely so I left it as is. If there was an decent aftermarket bumper for this car, I would be all of it.

I just didn&#39;t like the oval trim pieces that the car came with.
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Exterior: Badgeless AE style grill, 18x7.5 Kazera KZ-T Silver Rims, 215/45/18 Hankook V12 Evo
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QUOTE (late8 @ Nov 18 2008, 06:42 PM)
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Thanks..It&#39;s really tough to tell what color it is until you&#39;re inches away from the car. I was hoping to see more of the mica in the paint.

According to the paint instructions, I have to wait 48 hours before I can "polish" the finish.

BTW- Yours turned out great! I wish I had more body color. 12 oz. covered three solid coats. How many coasts did you paint?[/b]
I used about 3 coats of color and 3-4 coats of clear.

From the pictures, it doesn&#39;t look like there is much clear coat on your bumper pieces. I think the only way you are going to get it to "pop" like the rest of the car is to re-do it. Sand it down completely smooth, color, then clear coat. The trick with the clear coat is to lay on 3-4 pretty thick coats. You want enough layers so that when you wetsand you don&#39;t go through the clear and into the color. Once done wetsanding get some 3M rubbing compund and buff it out.

Then again, this plastic material on our bumpers seems to be a "soft" material, meaning, I noticed when painting that the paint likes to "soak into" the material. This may be one of those pieces that need to be done professionally and not with a rattle can if you want it to match the rest of the car.

This interior was pretty much bare black plastic. All the dark gunmetal pieces you see were sanded, painted, wetsanded and buffed. It&#39;s very time consuming but worth it in the end.


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QUOTE (BlackCherryChick06 @ Nov 19 2008, 06:39 AM)
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I used about 3 coats of color and 3-4 coats of clear.

From the pictures, it doesn&#39;t look like there is much clear coat on your bumper pieces. I think the only way you are going to get it to "pop" like the rest of the car is to re-do it. Sand it down completely smooth, color, then clear coat. The trick with the clear coat is to lay on 3-4 pretty thick coats. You want enough layers so that when you wetsand you don&#39;t go through the clear and into the color. Once done wetsanding get some 3M rubbing compund and buff it out.

Then again, this plastic material on our bumpers seems to be a "soft" material, meaning, I noticed when painting that the paint likes to "soak into" the material. This may be one of those pieces that need to be done professionally and not with a rattle can if you want it to match the rest of the car.

This interior was pretty much bare black plastic. All the dark gunmetal pieces you see were sanded, painted, wetsanded and buffed. It&#39;s very time consuming but worth it in the end.
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Thanks so much for the insight . I&#39;ll follow your advice and start all over. Wow..what car is that? I looks so beautiful inside.

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Saikou Michi OCC w/ 2 PCVs, CP-E Motor Mount, SU Stiff Diff bracket
Exterior: Badgeless AE style grill, 18x7.5 Kazera KZ-T Silver Rims, 215/45/18 Hankook V12 Evo
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looks like an eclipse

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pretty sure its a dodge stratus... almost the sam thing as a eclipse though.

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looks like an eclipse[/b]

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