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I was wondering if anyone here has experience having this done? My SE has the black plastic textured skirts and front/rear pieces but I would much rather have them painted to match the car. I took the car to 2 body shops for a quote and both said that painting the textured plastic would not work and eventually peel off since it wouldn't adhere properly. I suppose I'm stuck buying aftermarket parts and having those painted but it would be more than I'd like to spend.

Any ideas? Something tougher/stronger than paint? I think Plastidip peels off easy right?
 

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Some have done it. The results have been mixed from what i have seen.

Maybe @Klotche will jump in here and give you his thoughts..it recently sprayed his skirts and valance on his sedan.
 

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It can be done, but takes more time than usual panels. The texture has to be sanded out first but after that it's prep and paint as usual. I had my rear valance done at the start of last year and it's still holding up perfectly, even after one of our long, harsh winters.

However, for extra protection I did have the areas immediately behind the rear tires covered in 3M to protect the paint from anything being kicked up.
 

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I did mine over a year ago and I haven't seen any signs of paint deterioration. I used some Rustoleum satin spray paint and prepped by cleaning the surfaces with isopropyl alcohol. It was a total newb job but it's still holding up.
 

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Hmm, well I can definitely put the muscle into into sanding and prepping if it will stay and not look bad. I might get brave one weekend and give this a shot. Thanks guys.
 

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Check out "TheBlueOval's Race Red MK3 Build Thread"....I think this is what you're looking for ?
Thanks! I just headed over there. Looks like he had issues with the paint on the skirts chipping off and he removed it. I'm thinking I might just get the unpainted ST style skirts off ebay for $130 and go that route.
 

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I plasti dipped mine. While it does look awesome matched it started to peal on the side skirts after a couple months. It takes forever too! If you're gonna do it I would just buy a kit and do it right the first time. Not something you want to gamble with and have to do twice (like me lol).
 

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Thanks! I just headed over there. Looks like he had issues with the paint on the skirts chipping off and he removed it. I'm thinking I might just get the unpainted ST style skirts off ebay for $130 and go that route.
Just as a warning, avoid anything that says style in the name. Style = replica.

As long as your OEM pieces are smoothed and prepped you'll have no issues.
 
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