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There was someone a while back who asked if the black mouldings could be painted on 850's to look like the S70. Here is the proof! I think that it looks really nice on this white 1997 850 T5. Notice, this car has a fully painted "R" front spoiler, which looks great!<P> <IMG SRC="http://www.autoritz.com/97volvot5/drftang.JPG"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://www.autoritz.com/97volvot5/pasrearang.JPG"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://www.autoritz.com/97volvot5/passide.JPG"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://www.autoritz.com/97volvot5/front.JPG"> <P>-Drew
 

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Looks real nice! Do you know if the mouldings were paintable or were they replaced with a differrent material? I know that many people use silicone based products on the plastics to keep them looking good, did you encounter any problems with "fisheyes" or anything like that with painting the plastics? I would like to do the same to mine, just getting a feel for what I am in for.<P>Thanks<BR>Prospero
 

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No, the materials were not changed at all. The most important part of painting the mouldings is preping them. All of the wax and residues need to be stripped off of the mouldings. Regular automotive paint will not work on the mouldings, because it is to hard. There is special paint with "flex" additives used for rubber, and it works out fine with no "fish eyes" or "spiderwebs". I think that it works out well, if it is done correctly. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P>-Drew
 

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Did you end up pulling the moldings off of the car or were they shot on the car? Also, what did the shop use to prep them with? <P>I was a manager at a body shop in Manassas, VA for a while and have been out of the "loop" for several years now. When I was working at the shop, things like this were usually difficult to get "just right".<P>Thanks for the input.<P>Prospero<BR>
 

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Actually, I am not sure if the mouldings were taken off of the car or not. I suspect that if you want to have the job done right, the mouldings need to be taken off of the car and painted. I am sure that a high quality automotive paint shop would be knowledgable in doing this sort of thing. I think that the prep work and type of paint used would be the most important aspect of doing it correctly.<P>-Drew
 

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That looks really good!!! REALLY good!! I always wondered what painting the mouldings on the 850 like the S70 would look like! Nice pics InDy.<P><BR>Scott<BR>
 
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