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Old September 11th, 2010, 06:11   #31
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Last weekend I decided I would see if I could do something about the missing clear coat on the A to C pillar.
This is what I was working with:

Luckily a local parts store sells custom mixed spray cans and I was able to get a few cans of Windsor Blue Pearl Metallic.
Here it is after sanding and applying the white primer required for this color:

And here it is after applying the color:

It turned out pretty good considering I did the work, and the color is a perfect match. In a few weeks, ill be able to wetsand and buff it once the paint has finally cured.
Next is tackling the roof, which is much much worse!

I also wetsanded and polished the headlights while I was at it.
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After:

It's slowly coming along. The previous owner cared about the maintenance of the mechanicals but not the appearance, so I have some catching up to do.
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Old September 11th, 2010, 08:16   #32
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Installed my Hella E-codes this AM, cant wait for it to get dark out side so I can adjust them.
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Old September 11th, 2010, 09:07   #33
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Evry Modded this morning! Tolerable has gone to "decent".

950 ohms for me... might try just a little lower...
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Old September 11th, 2010, 21:03   #34
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Windex, what color is your car? Who sells custom color spray can paints?
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Old September 11th, 2010, 21:22   #35
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You will really enjoy the better light and see stuff that you never knew it was there!
Then, you will want more light(yes, this is also called MODDING)!

I got mine glass lenses with better bulbs and still I want more light...

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Old September 12th, 2010, 06:30   #36
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I have ecodes on order...can't wait to get them. Driving country roads with yellowed plastic is not fun!

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Old September 12th, 2010, 06:46   #37
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Windex, what color is your car? Who sells custom color spray can paints?
I dunno what the colour is called, but it's bluey grey:




I also went and got a custom colour spray-bomb, The one up here is a car-quest auto parts. I found them by talking to a local body shop. They will take your colour-code and mix up a can.
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Old September 12th, 2010, 07:49   #38
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Windex, what color is your car? Who sells custom color spray can paints?
Try paintscratch.com I haven't tried them yet but it looks like they use the paint code and the VIN to mix the paint for you.
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Old September 12th, 2010, 09:43   #39
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I dunno what the colour is called, but it's bluey grey:




I also went and got a custom colour spray-bomb, The one up here is a car-quest auto parts. I found them by talking to a local body shop. They will take your colour-code and mix up a can.

It's called "Storm Grey"
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Old September 12th, 2010, 11:38   #40
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Napa mixed a spray can of single stage Magic Black for the B4 last year. I could' of got two stage but for ease and durability went with single. Looked fine but was 14.00 pr can. Im just trying to keep up with the rust cheaply at this point so trying an alternative product route this year.
Im in the process of putting the fr.clip on today but the bumper and hood I have is Windsor blue so went to W-M and got some 3M wet /dry assortment paper and picked up 3 cans of Rust-oleum dark gray Automobile PRIMER and 3 (33% more cans/16oz.) Rust-Oleum gloss black ...all cans were $3.97 ea.. also went to Napa and bought a bottle of Prep-All
(Qt. size-smallest they had 7.00 /enough for years to come) to wipe parts down before and after sanding. Lastly and not leastly...a spray can of Locktie Extends rust
nuetralizer from Lowe's , never used it before but heard good things about it, so another 7.00 lighter.
total < 50.00
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Old September 13th, 2010, 01:19   #41
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You will really enjoy the better light and see stuff that you never knew it was there!
Then, you will want more light(yes, this is also called MODDING)!

I got mine glass lenses with better bulbs and still I want more light...

I am waiting to get a quote from http://www.eurowires.net/ so I can get the full potential from them.
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Old September 17th, 2010, 17:21   #42
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Today...
1) Welded the bushing box on the clutch pedal closed. Properly set the bushing on the clutch pedal...will put a brief write-up together, later this weekend.
2) Replaced the right side washer arm. The old one had a slightly weak spring that wouldn't allow the Icon wiper blade to properly wipe the window.
3) Replaced a lost bolt on the skid plate.

Glad to have the clutch pedal feeling back to normal and glad to have the car back on the road. I like driving my truck...hate paying the fuel bill!

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Old September 17th, 2010, 17:55   #43
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Fixed Eric's "fuel suppy" problem on the 97 Passat. He's been struggling with it for a week. One time it primes and starts normally, the next time won't start at all. He's changed fuel filters, fuel lines, and bled the system multiple times to no avail. Still an intermittent problem.

Couldn't figure out what was wrong today when I finally looked at it. No fuel whatsoever from the inectors despite everything primed. Start thinking IP bad when a thought occurs to me.........

"Does your glowplug light come on when you turn the key on", I ask. "No" is the reply. Examine the relay panel, and find several loose relays including 109. Intermittent contact is the culprit. Push relays back in, and she primes and fires right up!

Apparently he kicked the relay panel when he had to panic stop to avoid the car that pulled out in front of him. Since then, has had intermittent cutouts until the "fuel" problem.

We'll be putting the underdash panel back in place. Size 12 feet are hard enough to drive the Passat without inserting them into the relay panel.
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Old September 17th, 2010, 20:11   #44
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Bruce, good find!

Glad to hear Eric's car is back on the road, reliably!

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