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I completed this and thought I would share my results, over all it came out OK maybe an 8 out of 10. There were a few things I would do differently if I had to do it again.

Mostly I would completely buff out the trim before I put it back on the car so in the places where I screwed up by buffing through the clear coat would have been easier to fix. I would also have put at least 5 coats of clear coat on so it would have made buffing / sanding through it less likely. Finally I would have waited until it was warmer, I did most of the painting around 50 degrees F and probably would have gotten less orange peel if I had waited until it was 70 or so.

I got the rattle can spray paint from these guys http://www.automotivetouchup.com/ bulldog adhesive promoter and sealer and the clear coat from Advance Auto.

The process was fairly easy, but very time consuming. I used a random orbital sander, started with 80 grit to knock down the texture, then went to 120, then 220, then wet sanded with 600 by hand. Used the adhesive promoter, wet sanded with 1000 grit and painted a few coats each of the base color and the clear coat. I used lacquer clear coat so no sanding was needed between coats. The trim looked pretty good but had some orange peel. I mounted the trim on the car using 3m automotive adhesive tape then wet sanded with 2000 grit until the orange peel was gone.

I then used a Porter Cable DA polisher and very fine polishing compound, and buffed the trim and finally used some swirl remover and finished buffing. The sides are nearly perfect the fronts are really good and the back section is so-so. I buffed through the clear coat and was too lazy to remove the rear trim and start over







 

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Re: painted trim on an 04 (jstro)

Looks great http://********************/smile/emthup.gif

Is something hanging from your passenger side winglet?
 

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Re: painted trim on an 04 (jstro)

Looks great http://********************/smile/emthup.gif

The only problem I had with Spray Paint from Automotivetouchup was that the paint chipped super fast and it turned yellow. I used their spray paint for my mirrors and my next plan was to do the trims, but after I was disappointed with the mirrors I never tried that project.
 

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Re: painted trim on an 04 (850arrrsaylikepirate)

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Looks great http://********************/smile/emthup.gif

Is something hanging from your passenger side winglet?

Looks like it's one of the metal brackets...

Good job, perhaps this gives me even more motivation to do mine! How was removing the rear trim?
 

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Re: painted trim on an 04 (850arrrsaylikepirate)

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Looks great http://********************/smile/emthup.gif

Is something hanging from your passenger side winglet?

Yeah, it is one of the the brackets that holds the winglet on, if you look closely on one of the other pictures you can see is it scrapped

You can probably figure out the rest (stupid parking curbs_
 

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Re: painted trim on an 04 (DevolvR)

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Looks like it's one of the metal brackets...

My winglets don't have metal brackets, they are plastic. Though you are right it does look like one the attachment points.

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Yeah, it is one of the the brackets that holds the winglet on, if you look closely on one of the other pictures you can see is it scrapped

You can probably figure out the rest (stupid parking curbs_

Ahh, yep, hate those parking blocks. So far mine are still virgin.
 

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Re: painted trim on an 04 (850arrrsaylikepirate)

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My winglets don't have metal brackets, they are plastic. Though you are right it does look like one the attachment points.

Well there's those, but in the VADIS, I've seen the metal brackets where you would need to buy for additional support and it's part of the full installation Too lazy to fire up VADIS for the diagram again.
 

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Well there's those, but in the VADIS, I've seen the metal brackets where you would need to buy for additional support and it's part of the full installation Too lazy to fire up VADIS for the diagram again.

Interesting. I bought my kit from a Volvo dealer and did not receive those brackets.
 

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Re: painted trim on an 04 (DevolvR)

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How was removing the rear trim?

It was the most difficult piece to remove, I started at the edges and worked towards the middle, the middle section needs to be pulled straight back (not up). It required a lot of force to remove it because there is a lip that holds it on. I actually painted that piece on the car because I was certain I would damage it during reinstallation. I had to whack it with a rubber mallet to get it back on. Despite what some folks will tell you the rear bumper did not have to be removed to get it off.
 

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Re: painted trim on an 04 (850arrrsaylikepirate)

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Interesting. I bought my kit from a Volvo dealer and did not receive those brackets.





Here ya go, as I thought.. I remember seeing it.
Dunno if there is a difference between 2004 or 2005, but I doubt it.
 

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Re: painted trim on an 04 (DevolvR)

Ahh cool http://********************/smile/emthup.gif
 

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It was the most difficult piece to remove, I started at the edges and worked towards the middle, the middle section needs to be pulled straight back (not up). It required a lot of force to remove it because there is a lip that holds it on. I actually painted that piece on the car because I was certain I would damage it during reinstallation. I had to whack it with a rubber mallet to get it back on. Despite what some folks will tell you the rear bumper did not have to be removed to get it off.

So let me get this straight...
So you did remove it entirely but I guess you did all the sanding off the bumper, and decided to paint it on the car so that you don't end up cracking the paint during the install?
 

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Re: painted trim on an 04 (DevolvR)

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So let me get this straight...
So you did remove it entirely but I guess you did all the sanding off the bumper, and decided to paint it on the car so that you don't end up cracking the paint during the install?

Correct, it would not have been possible to sand while it was on the car without damaging the surrounding paint and I was afraid that I would have cracked the paint if I painted before reinstallation. I did apply the adheisive promoter while it was off the car and probably could have applied the base coat as well.
 

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Re: painted trim on an 04 (jstro)

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Correct, it would not have been possible to sand while it was on the car without damaging the surrounding paint and I was afraid that I would have cracked the paint if I painted before reinstallation. I did apply the adheisive promoter while it was off the car and probably could have applied the base coat as well.

Cool! Definitely good to know. I actually attempted to paint the front trims and decided to abandon it for now until the weather gets warmer, ie today ;D.
I'll see if I can get the same results with your (now improved) technique! http://********************/smile/emthup.gif Thanks, and your car looks 10x better!
 

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Nice job, beautiful R man!
 

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Re: painted trim on an 04 (jstro)

Awesome job http://********************/smile/emthup.gif BTW how do you like those Conti's? I am almost got those but went for the GY F1 all seasons....I think I may have to paint mine next...again http://********************/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: painted trim on an 04 (pafox)

I give the conti DWS http://********************/smile/emthup.gif http://********************/smile/emthup.gif

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Re: painted trim on an 04 (jstro)

Looks great,
On my to do list as well!

Henry
 

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Re: painted trim on an 04 (lowenhart)

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Looks great,
On my to do list as well!

Henry

Actualy, gonna try and attempt some of this tonight. I'll keep you posted and likely give you some pointers tomorrow.
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