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Okay I've been thinking of things to do with my car and I absolutely love the brushed aluminum in the MY05's. So I thought about getting some plastic pieces custom coated in brushed aluminum. <p>I found a place that will do it for $.95 per square inch however, they cannot guarrantee that parts will match completely on the finish unless you send them allin at the same time. <p>SO... I was thinking about sending in a random piece to see the quality and then sending in the following pieces:<p><br>Plate on which the shifter sits<br>Cupholder Lid<p>What do you guys think?<p>Here's the link: <A HREF="http://www.exoticwooddash.com/coating.asp" TARGET="_blank">http://www.exoticwooddash.com/coating.asp</A><br>
 

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Re: New Idea for the 2004 R owners! (slowrey)

Sean, the process they are using is what is called "Hydra-grapics". They effectively float a layer of ink on water and dip your part like an easter egg. It can be a cool process, but you must be careful with any really regimented pattern like a brushed aluminum. If you are going to try this, make sure the part(s) you send are relatively flat or only bend in 1 direction, otherwise the pattern will stretch and get all funky looking. It won't look like brushed aluminum at all ... it wil just look like a streaky silver part <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> .<p>Also BE SURE to specify grain direction and be sure to tell them you want a MATTE finish. Hydra-graphics needs to be clear coated ALWAYS, but you can indeed (or at least you should be able to with anybody who really knows what they are doing) specify what sheen you want the parts cleared in.<p>I think the 2 parts you are suggesting would be perfect for this process ... give it a try. I do know from an OEM standpoint that some really convincing results CAN be produced with this process ... conversely amatuerish attempts by lesser companies ... well, they produce those carbon fiber "look" license plate frames that the pattern never seems to look right on <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> .
 
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