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    DIY mod gone wrong...

    My initial intention was to paint the STI lettering red, so I did that a while ago looked ok... but over the weekend I was bored and wanted to remove the red paint... So I used nail polish remover (acetone) and it removed the actual paint from the gear surround... at first I wanted to kick myself but then I just followed through and here is the result...

    Your thoughts?

    ps. It looks like low gloss aluminum, the crappy camera doesn't do it any justice. All the marks on it is actually reflections.
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    that doesn't look too bad.. what material is that part actually made out of? The medium will greatly open or limit the possibilities of what you can do with it from here.

    if thats aluminum you can polish the hell out of it with minimal effort.
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    Thanks... I had mixed feelings about it.

    Its made of aluminum, and I did polish the hell out of it but didn't want to over do it... just enough to get rid of the manufacturing scratches.
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    ah, got it. Looks good to me. I take it you're going to stick with the subtle finish then? What did you use to get the look you have? if you want to keep it as is you may want to clear coat it or it'll oxidize over pretty fast. Raw aluminum will get hazy and dull quick.
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    I used meguiars cleaner polish and scratchX worked very well!

    I suppose I can wax it as well... but clear coat isn't a bad idea, just still deciding if im gonna leave it like that first. It does bring a quality feel to the center console which is nice...
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    Looks good to me
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