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Having lower parts painted (side skirts, etc)

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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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· Sonic's Mk3 Crew #17
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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.
 

· Sonic's Mk3 Crew #17
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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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