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  Quote dmcdmc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Painting in progress
    Posted: 09-Jun-2009 at 05:18
Should be complete later this week. No colour change, just getting it ready for the show season as there were loads of parking dings and scratches. All the white bits of filler are where the damage was.....amazing how much that wasn't even noticable at first.



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  Quote SirRangeALot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09-Jun-2009 at 11:03
I saw this over at PassatWorld but I forgot to look to see if you were planning on matching up the lower trim?
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  Quote dmcdmc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09-Jun-2009 at 11:11
I've thought about it loads over the last 3 years, but whats stopped me is the fact that 9/10 that I have seen have had issues with the lower door trims warping because they are rubber. There are also adhesion problems with the paint that many paint shops wont give me guarantees so hence they will be staying black as I've bought new black lowers for the whole car.

I am researching options though so watch this space!!
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  Quote JimmyPringles Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09-Jun-2009 at 13:40
My lowers were color matched just about a year ago, and have held up quite well....and this is driving around New York City! I also fully support & back painted lowers (except on black cars...why bother), just because of the fact I think it makes the Passat look so much better/smoother.

With the lower rubber pieces, the main thing that you'd have to worry about that would cause the most damage, are passengers, friends, family!! Some people (non car buffs), are oblivious to the curb, or how to get in an out of a car, without smashing & scraping the lower part of the door on something (or just don't care). To them it's just a car...and thats why they no longer ride with me!!

I do have a slight warp (dimples) on one, but that was because my dumb self over tightened the first one I put on. Once it is glossy & shiny it easy to see, if you do make this mistake (not so much when black & textured). So, that would be something to be aware of too. With the right amount of flexing agent in the primer & paint though, it should hold up for quiet a while as long as taken care of. Time will get the best of them, but if they last me say 5 years I'm fine with that.

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  Quote dmcdmc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09-Jun-2009 at 15:12
Will probs get them done once I modify the lower door parts that I have sourced. They wont have any rubber at all so should get rid of all the issues
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  Quote R32Viper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10-Jun-2009 at 10:33
Did they gave you an estimate of how long is going to take? How much you paying total?

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  Quote SirRangeALot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10-Jun-2009 at 18:36
Originally posted by JimmyPringles

My lowers were color matched just about a year ago, and have held up quite well....and this is driving around New York City! I also fully support & back painted lowers (except on black cars...why bother), just because of the


I've had painted lowers for about 2 1/2 years now and they've held up pretty well.
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  Quote dmcdmc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-Jun-2009 at 02:59
Cars back.....good job although needs a couple of bits looking at. Got a show at the weekend so will get more pics then
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  Quote ___/ __/ _/ Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-Jun-2009 at 22:50
You should think about getting that steering wheel installed on the correct side!   
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  Quote RobG Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Jun-2009 at 17:08
but but but, it's already on the right side ;)
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