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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old September 22nd, 2013, 20:35   #16
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Kudos! My hat is off to you!

Honestly, I prefer stock look most often, but I REALLY like what you did. That nimbus grey looks great with the black wheels. I admire all the other stuff you did. Really nice!
Agree 100% on all points. Well done!
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Old September 23rd, 2013, 07:42   #17
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Over the past two years I have transformed my '99.5 Golf. I have replaced damn near every serviceable item. The original paint was in terrible shape with plenty of dents. The custom paint color is called Nimbus Grey from an Audi. Completely debadged. Here is what it looks like now:


Early in my ownership hauling 800 lbs of scrap metal. This was the "good side" of the car:

All stripped down for the respray:

Turning my garage into a paint booth:



First coat of primer:

Painting done:


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Old September 23rd, 2013, 18:09   #18
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so what did you do with the tranny? took it apart..cleaned it and put it back in? im thinking of doing the same thing with mine...any difference ?
The trans had 200k highway miles. Cleaned & inspected first. I replaced a total of 3 worn bearings. All of the gears and cogs looked great and the synchros were well within wear specs. Other than that I scrubbed and painted it, then installed all new seals along with a complete clutch assembly.

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Kudos! My hat is off to you!

Honestly, I prefer stock look most often, but I REALLY like what you did. That nimbus grey looks great with the black wheels. I admire all the other stuff you did. Really nice!
Thanks a lot. I know you don't see much of this on TDIclub.

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Nice job!
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I have done a bit of two part paint work in my garage over the years (and this year!). I have always had trouble with ventilation using plastic sheeting to build a booth. What did you do to handle/remove fumes, especially when applying clear coat?
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Tony, I just took it like a man. No seriously, I probably took a few years off my life since I had no ventilation system at all. The problem with plastic sheeting is that any pressure differential will either pull the plastic inward or outward. If I were to do it over again I would do cross-flow ventilation. Something simple with a square-housing fan and air filter mounted in a cardboard box might help. Honestly, you need quite a bit of flow if you want to eliminate the fumes. Have you ever seen a nice paint booth? The entire ceiling is covered in filters. It's very difficult to mimic that unfortunately.
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Old September 23rd, 2013, 18:27   #19
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Tony, I just took it like a man. No seriously, I probably took a few years off my life since I had no ventilation system at all. The problem with plastic sheeting is that any pressure differential will either pull the plastic inward or outward. If I were to do it over again I would do cross-flow ventilation. Something simple with a square-housing fan and air filter mounted in a cardboard box might help. Honestly, you need quite a bit of flow if you want to eliminate the fumes. Have you ever seen a nice paint booth? The entire ceiling is covered in filters. It's very difficult to mimic that unfortunately.
Thanks for the reply and really nice looking job!

I repainted a fender and nose piece the same way this summer. I did have a 3M organic vapor mask on and that was minimal protection for the isocyanates in the clear hardener. But the clear really makes a cloud. I ended up opening the garage door a few inches. Next time I will do what you say with a a box filter and fan as I had thought in that direction myself.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 04:49   #20
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Looks great. Part number of SKF heim joints?
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Old September 24th, 2013, 05:31   #21
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Looks great! Fantastic job!!!! I love seeing great cars get a new lease on life.
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Old February 1st, 2016, 09:27   #22
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Any chance you can repost the photos?
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Old February 1st, 2016, 10:36   #23
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I did a search on the photo sharing gallery, but these pics were not there. I too would like to see them.
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Old February 1st, 2016, 10:50   #24
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I'm thinking this was the car I remembered seeing on here with the Nimbus Grey finish and orange accents for calipers, which looked awesome, or was that someone else's project?
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Long gone but not forgotten. I've bought about 80 VW's since this baby and honestly I miss her the most.
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