Stay posted I'll put some pictures tonight of what I do
Well ok. Here's a little update with A LOT of pictures
Armoralled the trunk lining, the map pockets, and the driver's door side molding. They all looked 100x better when I did it. If I don't say so myself
Then I took the old Map Pockets out and compared them:
Then I mounted them:
They were both sagging so I found it fitting to fix them.
Then I put the trunk liner thingy:
Then I moved on to the drivers front side molding. It was missing two of the tabs so it was poking out and the 3M double sided tape wasn't even working....
GLI Badge in the new one:
The brand new OEM tabs and grommets I bought from a friend in the U.K. who has all the best VW parts BRAND NEW. I love him. (no homo)
Needless to say because of the new tabs and grommets the thing went right in so smoothly and is perfect.
The only thing is that it's too shiny compared to the other ones. So ima have to go out tomorrow and armorall the others.
That's all I got tonight.
But tomorrow I will upload pictures of the side moldings blackened again.
Ok so I haven't yet blackened my side moldings but I got to thinking about rims...
I realized that new rims are outa the budget, even though I want some BBS RS's that another vortexer is selling for $1,700 They are painted in Mexico Beige and they are pure beauty.
So I thought about re-doing my RA's in a couple ways.
1. Just refurbish them and keep them in the stock matte silver color
2. Refurbish all of it but paint the mesh stock matte silver and chrome the lip
3. Refurbish all of it but paint the mesh body color Tornado Red and chrome the lip.
I went into photoshop to see option 3, and I kinda like it?
Imagine it with a chrome lip though.
Any thoughts anybody? Tips? Advice? Opinions?
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I agree on the polished lip
OK. Update Time!!!!!
I went out and blackened the rest of the side moldings to make it look uniform.
(Sorry if you're thinking "this is an update?" but small stuff is all I can do right now before I find out how to take out the engine. Or anything else big)
And then while I was at it I blackened the grille
I took off the GLI badge and I found out how dirty it was!
Then I put everything back together and took some nice shots:
RA's seem to look the best in 4 different guises
1 - seen above
2 - all polished
3 - polished & gold
4 - polished & black
and ocassionally, colormatch, but only on certain colors
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Ok well according to all those pictures give me your opinionated choice:
1. All polished (what I'm leaning to)
2. The first picture, polished lip and charcoal grayish mesh
3. Or polished lip, and white
What do you think?
And thanks for the pictures
Ok well I don't have much to update on. There wasn't much to do today.
I got some cluster light bulbs in the mail today from my man in the U.K. so I'm planning to install them tomorrow.
I'll post pics, and I hope not to bore some of you...
So Steve are you liking the polished lip and charcoal grey mesh?
Next year I believe the car should be in very good mechanical condition to go driving.
Now the question is, how do I go about polishing the wheels, and how do I polish the innerworkings of the mesh too?
Also, a little update. Little things but it's progress.
I changed the light bulb in the cluster as the one over the speedometer was out.
I also put in the little grommets for the inner mirror triangles. Now they won't fall off everytime I close the door
That's it for now. Tomorrow I plan to take it to get a wash and then possibly start on one of the wheels to polish it if Steve gives me tips
I'm just going to use the polishing DIY in the forums. I just have to find a way to get inside the mesh too.
Apparently I missed this thread, lol.
Ok were here's another update that has a good and bad side
Good side: I blackened all the exterior plastics using the heat gun method. Good stuff
Bad Side: My car won't start now.....
I looked at the CHECK engine light and did the fault codes. I get 2-1-1-2. Which according to A2 Resource means I have a problem in the Ignition Reference Sensor. And that I have defective sensor or wiring.
Ok vortex. Before I go and look at my bentley. What's wrong with my car?
Some detail to help the PI's out there:
Fuel Pump is still working, I can still hear the fuel getting to the engine.
Starter is not working from what I can tell. About the 3rd time I tried to crank it, I heard a distictive "crackling" idk how to describe the sound.
If I hold the starter down for at least 4 seconds the tachometer goes crazy and bounces.
Also, when the key is in the A/C position (battery power) the little indicator lights on the cluster now show the Coolant tempterature bulb on and the Oil bulb too is flashing. The alternator (battery) bulb is no longer flashing like it always does. Idk if this is relevent but why not throw it out there.
Ok, well sad day for me...But at least my car looks better.
Sounds like your alternator might not be working and the battery's too dead to start itself.
It'll still run without the ignition reference sensor, so that's not your issue.
We got the new battery in and on the upside, I found that my battery tray wasn't rusted badly at all. Just a little surface rust that I can sand off.
In the mean time, I got to work on my M3 Style Tails and my All-Reds using Steve's awesome DIY thead to him!
Painted with 7 Coats waiting to cure:
And at about 3 PM today I am going to sand them down again, then apply some clear coat. The can says in 3 hours it cures so I am just playing the waiting game...
Ok Update TIME! I had fun doing this update so, I hope people enjoy it!
I finished up the 2 sets of tail lights I was painting. I ended up waiting 6 hours after I finished applying the red to sand and clear coat. I think they came out pretty ok with the exception of a couple blotches.
Trust me when I say this, they look more blood red (darker) than they look in the pictures. I like the darker shade to them.
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