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Spoiler install

Thought I might post the progression of a spoiler install for my 2004 SE.
Note: I am not a auto body mechanic, but have some experience. (enough to get in trouble) LOL but if worse comes to worse then off to a auto body shop it will go.

Bought the piece from spoiler central on ebay. It is a California Dream Custom. (Taurus Style I think I heard someone here say) $59.00 shipped. It came completely bare ABS plastic.

First step was to clean with alchohol to get rid of any release agents from the molding process. I like the individual wipes because they are small and using several new ones during the cleaning prevents recontamination from the rag. The wipes from dupli-color work good but are expensive. After cleaning a good sanding to remove all mold marks, dings and imperfections is needed. You can sand with 100 grit at this point followed by 180 then 220 to get rid of most problems. As you sand you can see the shine from low spots dissapear.

After sanding is complete, a good wiping to remove dust and follow by wiping with the alcohol wipes to remove hand oils. Follow this with a tack cloth.

I have painted ABS boats before and had good results without adhesion promoter so I will try it again. The nice folks at the auto supply place said to use it but I will try without.
It is cold here in Ohio right now and the temp in the garage is at the low end of the paint recommendation so spraying in thin coats is mandantory and allowing long time to dry. Here is after the first coat using a sandable primer and the primer has been sanded to reveal any imperfections. No filler was needed as the spoiler came to me with no dings I can see at this point.

Sanded down to reveal minor areas that need work.

I masked the bottom to prevent the mounting holes from clogging. Dont think this was absolutly required as the screws are pretty agressive.


I also made up a stand to minimize scatches when working on it. Will have to remask. Here after applying second coat of sandable primer.


Things look so good when wet. More later after this coat dries.



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Wow, Doug, you are the busy boy aren't you! All kinds of new toys in and on your Trep lately. Nice work, btw~! Can't wait to see the end result.
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Wow, Doug, you are the busy boy aren't you! All kinds of new toys in and on your Trep lately. Nice work, btw~! Can't wait to see the end result.
Thanks!!! I wanted to start the damplifier but the roller did not ship so.......Yes Chet, I have not felt good about a car for some years now and I really enjoy doing it! I love my Trep, but one does have to be ready for failure and the cost if something goes wrong. It is satisfying doing it yourself.
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What kind of spoiler it that, anyway?
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The package says California Dream by Auto Aftermarket Concepts. I'm hoping it is the same as 00r/t.mopar.muscle's and Intrep_ED's.;) SWEET!!!!

After sandin on the first coat of primer I found a couple imperfections



Another coat of Primer and a sanding with 400 grit paper should take care of it though.

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If not, pick up a can of filler primer.
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That looks like the same spoiler I have, but without the LEDs. Nice!
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That looks like the same spoiler I have, but without the LEDs. Nice!
I thought you had one Intrep_ED!!! I could not find a photo of yours with it in it though....(I did not look really hard) LOL It was yours that inspired me.
I almost decided to paint it black after you had it on yours Ed, but alas, I am going with Lt Almond Pearl. (gold) lol

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Chet, you must be psychic! LOL After applying a thin first coat of final color I found it. (How could I have missed it?) So using a little filler..... It is drying now.

The first coat of color is very thin.



Dry time for the filler says 20 minutes. Gotta be longer at 65 degrees!!! Oh well got time to surf DI.net!!!
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I thought you had one Intrep_ED!!! I could not find a photo of yours with it in it though....(I did not look really hard) LOL It was yours that inspired me.
I almost decided to paint it black after you had it on yours Ed, but alas, I am going with Lt Almond Pearl. (gold) lol
Kewl, can't wait to see the final pics with it on your whip. Good MOD!

I think it might look good if you had the bottom grey colored body like in your sig, and the spoiler the same color. That would be different.
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Well, back to square 1. I had to completely strip it and resand. It is not as flawless as I thought. Filler only loosened the primer and made it gummy. Got it sanded and a new first coat of primer done tonight. Kinda bummed, all that work. Oh well......
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looks good, wait til it comes time to drill the holes, that will give you the shakes. ;)
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Wow! it's gonna look great! Spoilers are fun because they add alot to the appearance of our cars giving it that "sportier than a family sedan" look.
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Wow! it's gonna look great! Spoilers are fun because they add alot to the appearance of our cars giving it that "sportier than a family sedan" look.


true that, spoilers really are well worth it.
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nice spoiler.................. you have good taste
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