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Side Skirts - How To Paint #18528 Jul 15, 11:45pm Jul 15, 11:45pm
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Side Skirts - How To Paint
How to correctly paint any plastic part on your Celica
By Victor Nomura, March 15, 2001
SOURCE: http://www.celica-garage.cityslide.com/articles/article.cfm/522/1636

The side skirts on the Celica can be removed very easily. There is only one 10mm bolt near the front which needs to be removed. After the bolt is removed, you will need to remove the black plastic holding plugs on the bottom of the car.

When this is done, it just takes a good pull to remove the side skirts off the car frame. Note, there are some white plastic plugs on the inside which secure the panel to the body of the car. Just pull firmly.

When the part is off your car, you must wash it very good. It has to be so clean you could eat off it.

After washing with a degreaser like Simple Green,

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to get all that road tar and dirt off, use a 400 grit sandpaper to prepare the surface. You have to use sandpaper so the paint has a good surface to hold on to.

Don't forget to use a plastic primer. This is important if you want the paint to not scratch off from rocks and bumps.

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Use about 2 light coats of primer and let dry for 3 minutes before the color paint coat.

Use a good quality paint and paint a light coat (the best would be to use a base coat PPG computer matched paint). I wanted a very smooth paint job so I sprayed about 10 coats of paint over a week period.

I then let the paint dry for 1 more week. I don't think a week was needed but I just wanted to make sure it was dry really good.

Next came the final clear coat.

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Painted another 10 very light coats over a week period. I then let the whole thing dry for another 2 week period. There was very bad weather here in Vancouver so I didn't want the painted pieces to be exposed to the elements unless they were 100% cured and hardened.

It took 1 month from start to finish and the paint job quality is top notch and looks just as good from a professional paint shop. I will might take the side skirts off and add another few coats of tinted clear coat to make the color match the body a little bit better. It's good now but I want perfection!

The color of the side skirts change depending on the angle you look at it!

Here's picture of a Celica with original side skirts.

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Here's a picture of my Celica with painted side skirts.

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Nice shots!

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What do you think? In the summer I may darken the final coats for a better match. I kinda like the lighter silver color...

I didn't like driving around town without the skirts for a month...

Re: Side Skirts - How To Paint [Re: isaac] #18529 Feb 4, 2:09pm Feb 4, 2:09pm
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what was the code or the kind of paint you used to paint your sideskirts

Re: Side Skirts - How To Paint [Re: isaac] #18530 Aug 4, 4:00pm Aug 4, 4:00pm
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Nice write up. Just a quick question..should i use the same technique to paint the front and rear lips of a body kit ? Pm me please...thanx goodjob

Re: Side Skirts - How To Paint [Re: isaac] #18531 Aug 24, 6:53pm Aug 24, 6:53pm
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hey looks good, when you said a good firm pull takes the moulding off the body i was wondering how hard of a pull b/c im scared ill break the white inner plugs you were talking about, also after i take it off and put it back on will those same white plugs still be good to hold the mouldings??
thanks for your time

Re: Side Skirts - How To Paint [Re: isaac] #18532 May 30, 7:53am May 30, 7:53am

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How can I remove the Black Plactic from the Rear Bumber?

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Re: Side Skirts - How To Paint #18533 May 31, 5:26pm May 31, 5:26pm
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its not removable... this guide is for side skirts, not rear bumper grin


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Re: Side Skirts - How To Paint [Re: Rebel917] #18534 Jun 22, 1:54pm Jun 22, 1:54pm
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How much paint and clear coat did you use for the side skirts?

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