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    Red lettering on WRX / STI engraving on side panel

    I'm wondering how could I give color to the metallic plastic trim part of the car where it has an engraving of WRX or STI?

    here's an example - YouTube - ‪2011 STi - First Detail‬‏ @2:37
    it shows STI in RED and that's pretty much what I wanna do too. Originally, it is the same color as the plastic - metallic grey.

    Is there some sort of sticker or did they paint that? seems a little difficult to paint

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    If you were to go into a hobby store or something along those lines and get really fine paint brushes you will be able to do it yourself.

    I have been contemplating doing this too.
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    I'm confused. That comes red from the factory. You're talking about that little piece in front of the front doors right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by teflon_jones View Post
    I'm confused. That comes red from the factory. You're talking about that little piece in front of the front doors right?
    The STI is red, the WRX is silver. I painted mine body color with red lettering, I didn't do a great job on the red but it looks good from 5 feet. When I get home I'll post a pic. I'm now thinking, because I removed all badges already, I'm going to fill in the WRX altogether and paint it body color.
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    Good idea,never thought of that.A fine brush should do the job.It should be easier if you can get the badge off.Will try it this weekend.
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    Comes off very easily, I think there are 6 push clips holding it and you have to pop the front side of the sideskirt off too, 2 more push clips
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    Got the side panel off.Working on masking off the lettering right now.I'm using a fine brush and red caliper paint.
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    Pics?
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    I will put up pics later today.I finished painting,I'm just waiting for the protective finish to dry,to put it back on the car.
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    Here's what I did... but the more I look at it, I think im going to fill in the WRX and make it a blank panel.
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    pretty good
    did you paint the outside dgm too? or was yours originally in that color?
    i wanna try it too now hah

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    Quote Originally Posted by scx89 View Post
    pretty good
    did you paint the outside dgm too? or was yours originally in that color?
    i wanna try it too now hah
    Painted it DGM, just got the code and went to a local auto paint store
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    Painted it red.Open the door to get the panel off.It will be easier if you can loosen the part of the rocker covering the panel.Wasn't at all difficult.Should have used a primer but I didn't have any.I applied 2 coats of red caliper paint and finished off with Rustoleum crystal clear enamel for a glossy finish.

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    Last edited by rage-wrx; 02-28-2011 at 04:46 PM.
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    Looks good man. Hate to be a pain, but you think you can post up a pic from a good few feet away?

    I really wanna do this, but am kind of on the fence about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rage-wrx View Post
    Painted it red.Open the door to get the panel off.It will be easier if you can loosen the part of the sideskirt covering the panel.Wasn't at all difficult.Should have used a primer but I didn't have any.I applied 2 coats of red caliper paint and finished off with Rustoleum crystal clear enamel for a glossy finish.

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    VERY nice! I'll be biting.
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