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    Paint those sideskirts!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheJ View Post
    Nice work!
    Thanks J!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    Paint those sideskirts!!!!
    They definitely need it, y'know it didn't even occur to me that I could paint 'em.
    But they're plastic, would I have to prep 'em and whatnot first for the paint to stick? Or just primer would do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoopster View Post
    Thanks J!


    They definitely need it, y'know it didn't even occur to me that I could paint 'em.
    But they're plastic, would I have to prep 'em and whatnot first for the paint to stick? Or just primer would do?
    You would want to sand them first. Sand, clean (get all oils off), prime, paint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoopster View Post
    The answer is no
    Phew!

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    Thanks J!


    They definitely need it, y'know it didn't even occur to me that I could paint 'em.
    But they're plastic, would I have to prep 'em and whatnot first for the paint to stick? Or just primer would do?
    You'll want to prep them for it to look good. Scuff, wash, dry, wipe clean with paint prep, premier made for plastic and paint
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    with a ridiculously fine grit, I'm assuming?

    at least it's something I can probably do myself, hopefully it'll go better than the horns did
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoopster View Post
    with a ridiculously fine grit, I'm assuming?

    at least it's something I can probably do myself, hopefully it'll go better than the horns did
    Depends on how much smoothing you need. If you are going down under all paint primer (starting fresh) then you want to use a heavy grit...If you are just getting adheasion then probably something like 400 grit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11blackSTi View Post
    Depends on how much smoothing you need. If you are going down under all paint primer (starting fresh) then you want to use a heavy grit...If you are just getting adheasion then probably something like 400 grit.
    Honestly, with plastic you really just need to scuff it with something like this 3M Paint and Body Scuff Pad 03193. Unless there are scratches or dings to take out. Plastic just needs to be a little rough so the primer can stick.

    At least this has been my experience.
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    After some consultation with the boyfriend, I'm not gonna paint 'em.

    You can't see it in the photo, but the side-skirts are textured, like super-fine little dots. I tried to take a pic but it just comes out fuzzy. I'd lose that finish. Plus eventually the new paint would get scraped and it would look twice as bad. And yes there are some major scratches in 'em. See how it looks 'dirty' under beneath the sticker? That's not dirt, that's gravel burn (I don't know if that's an actual term) it is totally scraped up.

    And then he said, "Wait a minute, you mean paint them yourself??" and he started laughing lol

    "Knowing you, you'll be in tears when it doesn't come out perfect, forget it."

    I think I'll wait til I can afford new ones
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    id go for it. its plastic. sand em down with something with a coarse grit to get big scratches out and work your way up to a higher number. order 2 cans of grimmspeed WRB paint match paint and git r dun
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruh Roh View Post
    id go for it. its plastic. sand em down with something with a coarse grit to get big scratches out and work your way up to a higher number. order 2 cans of grimmspeed WRB paint match paint and git r dun
    Black if anything. & thank you for the vote of confidence
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    Hm.. not finding anything online that resembles mine, they've a matte, textured finish.
    I don't want a finish like my car-paint
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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelwfox View Post
    Honestly, with plastic you really just need to scuff it with something like this 3M Paint and Body Scuff Pad 03193. Unless there are scratches or dings to take out. Plastic just needs to be a little rough so the primer can stick.

    At least this has been my experience.
    Good point, I was not even thinking about the fact that they are not painted already! I am stuck in 3rd gen.

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    There are scratches. there are major scratches. Ahem, previous owner, of course

    Found 'em on Amazon for $150, but I can't tell if those need to be painted


    And they don't ship to Canada, cr*p.
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    Or, look online anywhere for a crashed STI or newer model that has painted skirts already. Get em second hand. Problem solved, for probably very cheap compared to buying something new and painting.
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    Oh there's no question that if I buy new ones (or even used), it's not to paint them. They better be installable as is. If I want hassle, I can paint mine.

    Follow-up: I asked a question on the product page, someone who bought it already said it's a nice finish and can be installed as is :-)

    Something to consider....
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