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Old 10-16-2010, 12:41 PM   #21
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Looks good but I hope you did some serious prep work on those or once again... it will be coming off in a year or two
I just sanded and sprayed. Hmm. I'm afraid of that happening. I sort of wanted the semi-gloss look but I'm thinking about clear coating it.
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Old 10-16-2010, 12:46 PM   #22
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Please paint the front bumper to match and buy a new roundel. It's only ~$25
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Old 10-16-2010, 12:48 PM   #23
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Lesson to everyone... if you are crazy enough to paint chrome you need to prep correctly paint does not stick to chrome long term /thread.

If you want to do this and make it last...
Perfect prep work is a must if you expect to stick to chrome or any polished surface. You need to clean with something like this: http://www.por15.com/MARINE-CLEAN/productinfo/MCG/ (Even cleaning with thinner will leave a film that will prevent proper adhesion) and prime with something like this: http://www.por15.com/SELF-ETCHING-PR...ductinfo/SEPG/ I have use this process with chrome and and polished aluminum paint is still sticking 4 years later. You don't have to use those exact products but that's what I always use. You need an etching cleaner and an etching primer, then finish coat with whatever
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Old 10-16-2010, 12:50 PM   #24
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Also, I would have use the same process described above on the wheels just to be sure of adhesion.
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Old 10-17-2010, 03:43 PM   #25
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If you want your aluminum trims to look really sporty and not have to worry about it peeling try using PLASTIDIP its like rubber in a can it looks awesome when done properly you can get it at Home depot for like 15 bucks search this forum and you will see very nice examples
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Old 11-05-2010, 12:45 PM   #26
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nice, +1. I hate painting outside, sometimes paint goes where I don't want it. was that a problem?
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Old 11-05-2010, 12:58 PM   #27
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If you want your aluminum trims to look really sporty and not have to worry about it peeling try using PLASTIDIP its like rubber in a can it looks awesome when done properly you can get it at Home depot for like 15 bucks search this forum and you will see very nice examples
+1 My roommate has this this for over a year and it still looks good.
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Old 11-05-2010, 03:49 PM   #28
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nice, +1. I hate painting outside, sometimes paint goes where I don't want it. was that a problem?
yeah it was some what of a problem. i covered some of the car with newspaper but i really needed to cover more bc my windshield now has a fine layer of paint on it. it came off easy with a razor and its all buffed out where ever i got paint on it.

still very satisfied with the job and still looks as good as day 1
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Old 11-06-2010, 02:57 PM   #29
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how long till that "proffessional" stuff starts chipping? are you still doing good with it?
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Old 08-07-2011, 10:41 PM   #30
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bought a cheap bumper and they cant be removed. but i will have to get them smoothed out or something.



thanks,
yeah my car has 175,000 so dont count on it running much longer


i agree with you on this 100% bimmers are way too nice of cars to put spray paint on. even an E30 doesnt deserve spray paint if its a car you plan on keeping and making nice.


gotta wait until i paint my hood



nope no clear. i couldnt find any at home depot so i just said **** it

the grill i did 5 coats but with the trim i did one very light spray then i did a decent 2nd coat and then covered it again one last time. waited 1 hour between each coat
When the owner is half stepping on the cheap stuff I doubt the major things to make the car forever are been looked after. So yeah I'd agree. I don't think it'll be running much longer either.

I have a pretty much mint condition 2000 Audi A6 with 208,000K+ sitting in my driveway with the original clutch still in it. Some of the things you say are just plain hurtful.

I expect her to be around forever. So I treat her that way.
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Old 08-08-2011, 09:40 AM   #31
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When the owner is half stepping on the cheap stuff I doubt the major things to make the car forever are been looked after. So yeah I'd agree. I don't think it'll be running much longer either.

I have a pretty much mint condition 2000 Audi A6 with 208,000K+ sitting in my driveway with the original clutch still in it. Some of the things you say are just plain hurtful.

I expect her to be around forever. So I treat her that way.
well u can go F*** urself. it still looks as good as the day i did it.

and that style audi looks like $hiT, my grandmother has the same one.

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Old 08-08-2011, 09:44 AM   #32
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i can go F myself because you yourself have said you don't intend on keeping your own car alive much longer? hahahahahaha

some people.
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Old 08-08-2011, 09:46 AM   #33
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i can go F myself because you yourself have said you don't intend on keeping your own car alive much longer? hahahahahaha

some people.
sorry. should of quoted u better. "When the owner is half stepping on the cheap stuff I doubt the major things to make the car forever are been looked after"

i maintain my car perfectly. so yeah. go F*** urself
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sorry. should of quoted u better. "When the owner is half stepping on the cheap stuff I doubt the major things to make the car forever are been looked after"

i maintain my car perfectly. so yeah. go F*** urself
I'd believe you if you hadn't said it yourself that you don't expect the car to run much longer. So I'm still laughing over here. Hard.

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Old 08-08-2011, 10:16 AM   #35
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well u can go F*** urself. it still looks as good as the day i did it.

and that style audi looks like $hiT, my grandmother has the same one.
You must be young.
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