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I am bored of taking down the bumper,and painting this metal bar.?<p>Is this something can be taken and thrown away?What can I do for it?<p><br><A HREF="http://imageshack.us" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img238.imageshack.us/img238/9719/phu3.jpg" BORDER="0"></A>
 

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Re: Peeled paint on the intercooler...Any solution? (xenophobic)

I used a black permanent marker (a Sharpie) and it worked great. All you really want is for it to look good from a distance where you can see it, and the Sharpie worked fine. I would guess that you can't remove it - I think they are cooling fins.
 

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Nope, can't take them off. They are part of the small useless OEM fmic.<p>See this thread: <A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=53553" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=53553</A><p>You could get a NEW FMIC like we did and you won't have to worry about it <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Peeled paint on the intercooler...Any solution? (xenophobic)

Can't help you with repairing it but a black Evolve lower mesh grille will certainly hide it:<p><A HREF="http://www.evolvecars.com/site/index.php?id=99,124,0,0,1,0" TARGET="_blank">http://www.evolvecars.com/site...0,1,0</A><p>Easy install and looks sharp (IMHO)!<p>moddeR
 

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Re: Peeled paint on the intercooler...Any solution? (moddeR)

yeah i have a problem with the actuall intercooler pealing. i think im just going to wait till it all peals off and it will look cooler at least i hope <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Peeled paint on the intercooler...Any solution? (moddeR)

get some heavy sign-making vinyl like Scotchcal and wrap it over the bar
 

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Re: Peeled paint on the intercooler...Any solution? (JimLill)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JimLill</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">get some heavy sign-making vinyl like Scotchcal and wrap it over the bar</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Seems like a very good idea.Heat resistant vinyl maybe ok
 

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Re: Peeled paint on the intercooler...Any solution? (xenophobic)

Had the IC replaced under warranty.
 

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Re: Peeled paint on the intercooler...Any solution? (Johann)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Johann</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Had the IC replaced under warranty.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>That's what I'm hoping for ... supposedly Volvo UK + My Dealer are looking into it. They seem to understand that with heat cycles and stone chips that, if they do replace it, it'll happen again. I do like the idea of the vinyl mentioned. I think the bars are aluminium and I was thinking of sanding it all down and painting a clear coat on it. I'll probably not do it because it'll stand out when I'm finished with all the little details I want to do the exterior of my car.<p><br>Here's a good pic of the peeling part:<p><IMG SRC="http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f179/wrxownr/untitled.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>You can also see that I'm one of lucky 2004 owners who got their DRLs turned-off. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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If you can find a product called "PlastiDip" you could try that. It is available in spray cans at home improvement stores in the US. It is a flat black rubberized spray-on coating designed for tool handles etc.<p>I have both my upper and lower mesh inserts coated with this and in 1 year haven't gotten one chip and they look like they were just coated.
 

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Re: Peeled paint on the intercooler...Any solution? (xenophobic)

If you can remove them, the best thing you can probably do is have them powdercoated.
 

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Re: Peeled paint on the intercooler...Any solution? (JimLill)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JimLill</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">get some heavy sign-making vinyl like Scotchcal and wrap it over the bar</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Doesn't that defeat the purpose of the cooling? I don't know how the system quite works and I don't know how vinyl affects it, hence the questions.
 

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Re: Peeled paint on the intercooler...Any solution? (mike_c70)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mike_c70</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Doesn't that defeat the purpose of the cooling? ...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Those bars are not (at least should not be) used for cooling. They are most likely used for aesthetics ... they match the horizontal lines of the fog-light covers. <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>StaggRLee</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> If you can find a product called "PlastiDip" you could try that... </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Stagg,<p>So the actual Brand Name is "Plastidip"?<p>I like the idea of that rubberized coating though ... I'll have to take a look around for something similar here in the UK, or at least wait till I get get to the States in Nov.
 

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Re: Peeled paint on the intercooler...Any solution? (wrxownr)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>wrxownr</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Stagg,<p>So the actual Brand Name is "Plastidip"?<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yep not a very sexy name but durable as hell.<p><A HREF="http://www.plastidip.com/consumer/index.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.plastidip.com/consumer/index.html</A>
 

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Re: Peeled paint on the intercooler...Any solution? (xenophobic)

i thought about getting the evolve valance grill to cover that thing up :/
 

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Re: Peeled paint on the intercooler...Any solution? (StaggRLee)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>wrxownr</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">...So the actual Brand Name is "Plastidip"?...</TD></TR></TABLE><p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>StaggRLee</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Yep not a very sexy name but durable as hell.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>For you Steve Martin fans: "I know, we'll call it the Opti-Grab..."<br>
 

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I order some Plastidip on Wednesday after reading the thread.. Bought it from:<p><A HREF="http://www.plastidip.co.uk" TARGET="_blank">http://www.plastidip.co.uk</A>/<p>It arrived Thursday, and I have painted it on today. Looks like it has done a good job, to cover up my peeled/peeling plastic so far.
 

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I just took my car in to have these "fins" painted silver to match the car. Once the bumper was off the body shop called me and told me that those fins are <B>rivited</B> to the intercooler. They would not even attempt to paint them on the car because of the overspray that would enter the engine bay. So the above comments on removing it are correct. I am going to a FMIC next spring for a little more bling (and better throttle response) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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