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Old 11-30-2007, 01:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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DIY - Black Trim Painting

So, guess who's painting all his trim? This is mainly a DIY for my site but I like to post my stuff up here since this is where I got my start writing DIYs, , nothing to do with FE of course.

Anyway, it's unfinished, but big, so working in parts!

Before shot:

Before bumper:

Using two or three cans of this for the whole deal:

Piece of coroplast over a trashcan in the garage, my painting center:

An MID picture in here for no reason, that comes out to ~52 mpg for a 3 mile cold start, not bad:

Start by taking the two screws that hold the corner lights in and taking the lights out:



Make sure to store everything nicely:

Tools needed, that socket is a 10mm:

Take these two out on each side:

And this one on the bottom, this will allow you to remove the t-bar:

Get these two bolts gone:

Two of these on each side come out, might have to move the wheel a bit:

Two of these corner jobs:

Move the t-bar to expose these three things:

Start pulling the bumper off and unplug the bumper lights:

But it somewhere not scratchy:

To get at the fenders undo these two:

These three up top:

This one in the crack. Use an open-ended wrench and open the door, stand outside and reach over and do it from the crack, you'll see what I mean:

Get these screws on that bottom trim piece:

The bolt on the bottom as well:

When it's off hit up these two last bolts for the fender:

Get bored and work on this piece of trim instead:

Blast it with the hose, the suds, the hose:

Then clean it with alcohol and let it dry:

Here it is drying:

Work on the rocker panel while it dies, these plastic screws suck, you need to be very careful, especially with the ones that are more exposed:

Yay, I stripped one:

Grabbed the edge with some pliers and turned it out like that. I always leave the last few threads in the thing and use them to pull the whole thing out as one:

Some more up top:

Even more up top:

Now, get bored of that and work in the other piece that on the door. Take off this 10mm plastic nut:

This is how it clips in along the bottom, the first task is to unclip:

Half unclipped first:

Go ahead and fully unclip and then push up to get it off the metal rail:

Get bored again and decide to finish the fender, undo all the plasticy junk in the wheel well:

Fender out:

Flip it over to expose the two clips for the trim piece, pop them with some pliers:

Yay, it's so pretty:

Hit that first piece with some paint, drying at this point:

Not that this is a vertical line spray, you need to hold the can vertical to keep it going and work in a smooth, sweeping motion:


With time, there will be more.

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Old 12-29-2007, 11:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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those plastic retainers w/ small plastic screw in the middle can be removed veerryy easily with a small pointed pick. Put the point of the pick into the screw portion just under the head where it meets the wide part of the body and pry gently. a screwdriver will tear them up in a heartbeat, once the head is out 4 or 5 threads just pull like you were. whole retainer comes out and is re-usable. BUT if you accidentally destroy one they are available on NAPA.com i believe they were 10 in pack for $5. S.
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That's for the tip! I never even though of buying more,

I'll have to get a pick at some point, too.
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I didn't think about buying them until i need quite a few for my interior. My local Chevy dealer wanted $1.5 (approx, my memory is fading) for a two pack. Google here i come. lo and behold it led me straight to NAPA. S.
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Which is why I don't like going to a dealer for parts because everything costs 3 times as much as you can buy it across the street!!!
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Is that a texture paint?

Because I've been considering how to finish my JettKamm - and I'm thinking of a black texture - like die injected plastic trim bits. Will hide imperfections, give it a "stock" look and is generally easy to apply.

Or I might buy my father (who does finishing professionally) a throw away gun and see about painting it with glossy black epoxy paint

And omg picture overload!
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Hi, I am a 24 years old. I am currently taking a beginners painting class, and I am also an art major. I seem to always fall under the same style of painting, mostly impasto impressionism. I would really like to break away from this style. I thought about doing my next assignment based on a portrait with best technique, but I am afraid on how to begin with this and what sort of brushes I should use. Any helpful recommend will be greatly appreciated.
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Hi, I love tomato bisque soup and I'm wondering if you have any suggestions on how to make my spackle taste more like tomato bisque soup. Right now I have a lovely bunch of coconuts sitting in a row; large ones, small ones, some as big as your head. But, yes, we have no bananas today.



Seriously?

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Hi, I love tomato bisque soup and I'm wondering if you have any suggestions on how to make my spackle taste more like tomato bisque soup. Right now I have a lovely bunch of coconuts sitting in a row; large ones, small ones, some as big as your head. But, yes, we have no bananas today.



Seriously?

Nice thorough work so far SVO
Usually, ROFL is an exaggeration...

I apparently need to move to warmer climes; it looks warm there with green grass and no socks/shoes on 11/30...
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I am also confused.

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