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Old 02-09-2017, 07:20 PM   #1
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Paint existing valences or no?

I have a 15 SE sedan that has the usual cheap black plastic valences and sideskirts/rocker panels. Despite my car being Tuxedo Black, I still wanna either paint to match the existing pieces or replace them all with painted aftermarket parts.

Also, there isn't clear info out there on what body parts are interchangeable out there. I thought I read somewhere that the sideskirts are the same among all 2012+ models whether hatch or sedan, but the rear valence on the sedan supposedly changed slightly for 2015+.. obviously the front is different.

What do you guys think? Would it still look fine with the existing pieces painted to match or should I just go aftermarket while I'm at it? (I'd be interested in an RS front bumper as well.... is that as simple as a bumper cover and fog light change?)


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Old 02-09-2017, 07:43 PM   #2
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You have a face lifted mk3.5 if you are serious about upgrading the look to something like a sport SE just order the sport pack from ford. please don't try to paint the textured plastic, you will spend more than if you just got if from ford or used parts.

The front and rear valences changed in 2015 so you will need 2015 plus parts.
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IMHO for black on black leaving them alone is better - just because those with colors painted over end up with chips showing the base color (black) through.

Paint type & quality obviously affects this, but those pieces are RIGHT where the most road damage is likely.
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So painting that textured plastic is not recommended.. I never thought about the sport pack parts. Can those be ordered painted so I can just worry about installing them myself?


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There is a member on here that can order ford parts at a discount. You would have to check with him. I'm not familiar with the process. However I have the sport kit on my focus from the factory and I couldn't be happier it sets my car apart from most on the road.
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There is a member on here that can order ford parts at a discount. You would have to check with him. I'm not familiar with the process. However I have the sport kit on my focus from the factory and I couldn't be happier it sets my car apart from most on the road.
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So painting that textured plastic is not recommended.. I never thought about the sport pack parts. Can those be ordered painted so I can just worry about installing them myself?


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Sometimes parts can be ordered pre-painted - I don't believe pieces from Ford can -but it's usually a better idea to avoid that and get them painted for your specific car. It ensures paint won't get damaged in transport and means that the paint will be mixed to match your car.

As for painting textured plastic, it can be done. My old rear valance was the OEM textured piece and what I had done as did others was have the texture removed prior to painting.
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To each his own, but I embraced the black accents. I think shiny and flat black complements it self.
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I just painted my front valence pieces, I didn't really car what they looked likI just wanted them color match, but if you take a sander to them with some 320 grit paper then work your way up to 800 you can get rid of the texture and then do about 3 coats of primer then paint and you would never know they were textured.
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I just painted my front valence pieces, I didn't really car what they looked likI just wanted them color match, but if you take a sander to them with some 320 grit paper then work your way up to 800 you can get rid of the texture and then do about 3 coats of primer then paint and you would never know they were textured.
I did the same, ran me about $75 total. Takes a boat load of time and hard work but if the juice is worth the squeeze.

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