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Old 09-08-2015, 02:11 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I actually get a fair number of compliments on how my car looks, even from old-timers that are self professed to "hate ricers".



I think the moon caps compliment the silver car pretty well, and the ecomods/tint/trim are all black.
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A-numba-1: lower it.

darcane -- Nice mural. "Drive toward the light."
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Some folks go even cheaper using old cotton rags instead of fiberglass, like it was done in the East-German Trabant. And since it's a renewable-sourced material and less energy-intensive than fiberglass production, it also makes sense from an "eco" standpoint.
I've made small repairs to plastic trim parts using 5 minute epoxy and scraps of cloth but it hadn't occurred to me to make something larger using these materials. Thanks.
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A-numba-1: lower it.

darcane -- Nice mural. "Drive toward the light."
Yeah, it's pretty cool, and I new it would be an awesome spot for car pictures when I saw it being painted.

You're local, so I'm sure you recognize what is on the other side of that tunnel... It's there in real life too, on the other side of the building.

Where'd you take the pic of your bug?
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Old 09-13-2015, 05:07 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I've been customizing! I now have a fully blocked upper grille, and a partially blocked lower grille! Both consist of silver painted aluminum flashing, attached with 3M tape and zipties on the lower grille block, and some silver pinstripes around the edge to hide seams! Oh, and a pointless aerodynamically but cool looking shark fin!
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darcane -- In a city park under a bridge, in Lane County, OR. It was a while ago; the river was high at the time and I had to ford a small flood to get it there.

I hadn't answered because I was trying to think of something on-topic. How's this? I drove this Beetle for years during the 1980s. Patina'd Beetles became popular in the 90s or later (?)



I think it's an eco-modical finish, but possibly not everyone will think it looks as good as I do. I'd had those wheels 15 years at that point. Still do.
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Some crude appearance may match a Beetle, but newer cars don't have the same "privilege"
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In my experience, 1) Cheap 2) Easy 3) Looks good....pick 2

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Easy Version - Coroplast, Gorilla tape, Black spraypaint


Not Easy - Fiberglass layup, bondo, sand, black spraypaint



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Easy Version 1 - Black Coroplast


Not easy - Fiberglass layup, bondo, sand, black spraypaint


I totally agree with CD. Just paint over everything and most people won't even notice.
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I did mine with black tape surrounded by a red stripe tape.
Looks okay from a distance

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