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This is a discussion on How To: paint your wrx side badges within the Tutorials & DIY forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; [QUOTE=gaboboost;2814496]Whats up guys, this is probably my first post so hope it helps out anyone out out there! Thanks for ...

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    [QUOTE=gaboboost;2814496]Whats up guys, this is probably my first post so hope it helps out anyone out out there!

    Thanks for the write up, sir! In the process of painting my side badges orange.. Will try to post a few pics.

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    Nice job man. Looks great

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    Just started mine. Painting them Black with red lettering. My process will be:
    1) scruff with #400
    2) Scotch-Brite all surfaces
    3) Clean all surfaces with Mineral spirits
    4) Apply 4 coats of VHT Black Epoxy (15 min between coats)
    5) Allow 7 days cure
    6) Paint WRX letters with red Dupli-Color Scratch Fix lacquer
    7) Let red paint cure
    8) Scotch-Brite and clean entire badge
    9) Clear coat with Spray Max 2K Urethane Clear Coat (~3-4 coats)
    10) Allow to fully cure
    11) Polish and wax
    12) Re-Attach

    I have finished steps 1-4. Now just letting it cure in a closet with no sunlight for 1 week before continuing. I will post more pictures when I start working on them again.





    This picture shows several different methods I tested last week. As you can see, the paint at the top section was only scratched by the sharp point of a screw, the rest could peel off with just my finger nail. The others range from etching primer covered by black enamel. There is a Rustoleum automotive primer covered by black enamel. A few other combinations and primers tested. All were given their recommended cure time before testing. They were used on a scuffed piece of aluminum that was cleaned with mineral spirits.

    Obviously Epoxy paint is the way to go for durability for an exterior component. Epoxy REQUIRES a UV protection clear coat though or it WILL get ruined / yellow.
    Last edited by Desolatemm; 04-11-2013 at 07:56 AM.

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    I employed a simpler method to paint my WRX badges red. Take one-half of a manila file folder and press it down over the WRX badge. Now, take a #2 sharpened pencil, and run it parallel across the file folder sheet which will create a "trace" of the badge. Now, cut out the WRX letters from the sheet, creating a stencil. Tape the sheet to the car over the badge, and paint. The size of the folder sheet should be large enough to avoid overspray, unless you are careless when painting. Total time: 1/2 hour. I saved the stencil sheet for later, in case I have to paint/touch it up again in the future. It looks great, and some people now mistake it for a STI !!

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    Update on my badges. I let the Epoxy paint cure for 7 days then I applied the Dupli-Color Scratch Fix paint to the lettering. I Discovered the Dupli-Color Scratch Fix must be lacquer based because it immediately ate through the epoxy that was in the letters. I cleaned out the paint and then scratched off all the epoxy paint in the letters and around the inside edges. I then re-applied the red paint. I let it dry for 1 hour then applied a second coat.

    Now I will let this cure for a few days before clear coating with SprayMax 2k Urethane


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    Looks like a lot of work. Looks great.

    LOL,I now feel guilty about my hack job. I simply painted the lettering in red.
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    From what I remember yours came out good. Don't remember where the picture are.

    I'm just taking more time this time around. I painted once before and hated the paints I used. The black chipped the first day. This time I want to make sure it lasts.
    Last edited by Desolatemm; 04-18-2013 at 01:26 PM.

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    great job looks nice

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