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Old 06-27-2011, 12:14 AM   #1
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Default DIY Paint Side skirts and front splitter

Materials needed

Dawn dish soap or degrease product
2 cans Rust-Oleum truck bed coating
3 cans Rust-Oleum Primer 2 in 1 FIller & Sandable
4 cans Rust-Oleum Univeral All-Surface Flat Black

150 Grit Sand Paper
400 Grit Wet sand paper
600 Grit Wet sand paper
scotch bright pads
(heavy duty, finishing pad, red scotch bright sponge)
Tack Cloth

Step 1: Wash the fiberglass down to remove wax from the mold using Dawn dish soap or degrease product.

Step 2:

I chose to coat the underside of the fiber glass side skirts and front splitter with truck bed coating. This gave the fiberglass a finished look and possibly increased the strength.

Fiber Glass unfinished back side
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Fiber GLass Finished with Truck Bed Coating

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Step 3: Scuff the Gel Coat with 150 grit sand paper

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You may choose to bypass adding primer and simply scuff the gelcoat and proceed with painting.

Step 4: Add Primer

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Step 5: Sanding

Use Scotch Bright pads to remove loose primer from pieces.
Use scotch bright sponge to assist with wet sanding
Wet area to be worked and gently sand using 400 then 600 grit wet/dry sand paper

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Step 6: Paint

Use Tack cloth to remove any particles from your surface before painting. You may find a static charge is present from sanding with the scotch bright pads. I used a dryer sheet to remove the static build up before painting.

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Picture of painted side skirts next to gel coated front splitter

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The pieces came with self tapping screws.
You will need to remove a screw at the rear and at the front of the underside of the vette.

I found that the screws are too short to go through the new material and keep the existing body panels in place.

The side skirts have indents showing where to drill the screws into the side of the lower body panel.

I chose not to drill into the side of the body panel and instead use 3M double sided tape along with drilling into the underside of the body/frame with self tapping screws.
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Before Install

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After Install

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Installed mini Spoiler

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Install pics of the front splitter in the near future.

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Old 06-27-2011, 12:29 AM   #2
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Looks awesome!
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:51 AM   #3
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looks great! what kind of side skirts are those? Where did you purchase them?
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Old 06-27-2011, 01:30 AM   #4
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nice job, like the idea of spraying the truck bed liner on the underside.
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:31 AM   #5
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I like it. However, one suggestion. If you are going for the flat look, I wouldve sprayed it with some flat clear for protection.

Side note....congrats on tackling the job yourself
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:15 AM   #6
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Not sure if that's ours or not, but good job on it
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:10 AM   #7
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Good job!
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Purchased from bodykitman before JW carried it, so if you are interested hit up JW one of the better forum vendors!

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Old 06-27-2011, 11:40 AM   #10
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nice...good idea not to use the molded in locations for the tapping screws....the odds of those holes hitting their mark are higher than winning the lottery!!
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Seen all these plasti dip threads. Thought about painting my side skirts black on my red vert. It's always dirty there anyway from DD road grime ...
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Seen all these plasti dip threads. Thought about painting my side skirts black on my red vert. It's always dirty there anyway from DD road grime ...
One of our customers did this to his front splitter he got from us



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Man....that turned out really nice. I want to do that set up so bad but my car is in the weeds and my driveway would really love that front piece Turned out great man
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order a set if you like the look

http://shop.jwmotoring.com/product.s...&categoryId=38
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Looks good!!
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You did a great job and the new pieces look fantastic on the car.
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Good job on the DIY

It came out great - I love the white/black contrast between the body and the aero pieces
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Looks hauntingly familiar too me... Nice Job! Keep up the good work...

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Nice job! Looks great!!
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