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Spent the weekend pursuing an exterior change. Removed the rear reflector panels and bar, primed these with the intention of painting oxford white like rest of car. Also did the side mirrors, just the mirror units themselves, not the base. Shop did not have enough of the white paint so I've left everything primered for now, luckily it's platinum colored so doesn't look TOO bad, certainly not worse than every other primered Civic and minitruck on the road....

Must say, this is gonna look good. My rear turn indicators are already red tinted to match the brakes, so painting the reflector panels gives definition to the lamps, and gives the rear a more purposeful look. I also debadged the rear as my GT sticker was getting bubbly (was not fun - took a while). Car's rear end looks sharp, especially with the 3 piece spoiler. Mirrors were easy too - just masked off the car and used a minimum of primer to successively build up the coat to a good finish. Even though they're not white at the moment, these set off the car too. Doesn't have that 'cheap' look like the factory couldn't afford to paint the mirros.

Mods look good when paired with the new clear side turn repeaters and clear turn lamps up front. Also planning on removing side door molding and doing a general cleanup in that area. Color matching the roof rails, and a slight modification to the front fascia will complete the look.

Once the paint arrives this week I will be a happy man. I will of course post pictures both here and on my site. And the people will say "That's the cleanest Escort I've ever seen"....
 

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cool Zee...how did you do your rear turn signals to make them red as well? Since I decided to keep the car the color it is, I want everything red.

ps...have you put on clear corners yet? I noticed in your sig that you still got the stock amber units. :wink:
 

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My signature pic is from February 2002....I've since taken pictures but never had the film developed. I've a bad habit of taking pics and then never turning in the film. That's why I'd love to get a digital camera, working on that.

The clear corners were probably the easiest mod I've ever done. Less than 5 minutes for both.

As for the rears, I bought some Testor's candy apple red paint, masked off the entire rear section, lightly sanded the indicators, and used successive coats until it was just the right color, about 3 coats, sanding between each coat. Since your car is already red, color matching your reflector panels won't have nearly the visual effect as it would on another color, but is something I seriously recommend to anyone else. I really like the look.
 

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Sounds good, Zee. I was just looking at the back of my 93 EGT and thinking that there ought to be something I could do to get rid of all of the reflective material on the back between the actual lights. Now, if I understand you correctly, you simply primered it and are going to paint it the same color as your car? Did you paint it from the outside, or did you remove them in some way and paint the reflectors from the inside? Thanks for the info. Good luck getting all that other stuff painted.

Does anyone else know any other solutions? (I just want to have a couple of options and see which one will work best for me.)
 

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my body work is almost done too....

new door, fender well and fender are on....altho it looks like a mexican car...

blue door and fender, and a red car.....hehe

i still need to drill the holes for the gt skirt for the fender.....and i need to do a little shimming to get the skirt to match the door just right....
but the best part is the bumper lines up w/ the fender and the door lines up w/ the fender, just need to space the fender away from the door about a quater of an inch... will get pics and keep posted...

another note, what u think is a good price to get fender and door painted? 150? its not a cheap paint job i'm looking for...i'm looking for one of those 2 or 3 year jobs....and i want the paint to match the rest....any ideas?
 

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Yeah i just painted mine like a month ago, i didnt want to try to body match because i rattle canned it and it is tough to get the same color and you can tell that it was a failed attempt just by glancing at it. so i painted mine black and taped off the reverse lights and the license plate lights. I think it looks pretty good on my light blue car.
I did have one question though...

what of the mirrors did you paint? ( im not stupid i know not the mirror itself). I myself was thinking of bodymatching all of the black crap (when i respray my car for my senior project. but i got to looking and all of the black trim around the windows and stuf runs right up to the mirrors so i guess i was kinda wandering if it looks alright to just paint the mirrors and leave the rest black?

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Yeah i just painted mine like a month ago, i didnt want to try to body match because i rattle canned it and it is tough to get the same color and you can tell that it was a failed attempt just by glancing at it. so i painted mine black and taped off the reverse lights and the license plate lights. I think it looks pretty good on my light blue car.
I did have one question though...

what of the mirrors did you paint? ( im not stupid i know not the mirror itself). I myself was thinking of bodymatching all of the black crap (when i respray my car for my senior project. but i got to looking and all of the black trim around the windows and stuf runs right up to the mirrors so i guess i was kinda wandering if it looks alright to just paint the mirrors and leave the rest black?

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Spider - it was just a light sand with 1000 grit paper and then several coats of primer. I took them off the car beforehand to avoid overspray. And yes, it's the outside. Short of breaking them open, I can't see how they would possibly open up to do the interior side.

Fordboy - Regarding mirrors, I just did the mirror units themselves, from the flex joint back. So just the mirrors are painted while the rest, the base remains black. Now that it's sat w/me a few days, I rather like it. Gives the mirror an almost floating effect since the painted portion appears to be hovering next to the car. That's probably a hokey description but it's the best I can think of.

Didn't want to do the window trim, I'm looking for subtle overall changes that dramatically enhance the car without having it scream LOOK AT ME!

Can't wait to get the back painted white. Hell, it looks great now, almost got a European look since the taillights are more defined. Gonna be even better when finished.
 

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My signature pic is from February 2002....I've since taken pictures but never had the film developed. I've a bad habit of taking pics and then never turning in the film. That's why I'd love to get a digital camera, working on that.

The clear corners were probably the easiest mod I've ever done. Less than 5 minutes for both.

As for the rears, I bought some Testor's candy apple red paint, masked off the entire rear section, lightly sanded the indicators, and used successive coats until it was just the right color, about 3 coats, sanding between each coat. Since your car is already red, color matching your reflector panels won't have nearly the visual effect as it would on another color, but is something I seriously recommend to anyone else. I really like the look.
I think it would have just the opposite visual effect you want. I want everything to match with everything else. white headlights, clear corners, red tails, red car, red turn signals. I'd like to paint my door handles red and get rid of the damn rust...eventually.
 

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I got lucky - my door handles were already color matched.

Think I also 'accidentally' solved a problem too. My accelerator cable was kinked right around the intake, apparently preventing the throttle from opening all the way. I didn't realize this, the car seemed plenty quick. But after noticing that the cable didn't route properly, I removed, greased and reinstalled. And found quite a noticeable difference! Now at a strong take-off the tires scrabble for traction like never before. In first gear, if I keep my foot down and the revs near 5K the tires begin to feel as if they're losing grip, necessitating an upshift. Mind you, I have plenty of grip with the Kumho 195/55 Ecsta Supras. Feels much more aggressive now. Quite happy with the car, been a good week.
 

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AWESOME! I completed painting today - rear reflector panels and bar are done in oxford white like rest of car with clearcoat. Same for mirrors. Also installed some white mesh in the lower part of the fascia. That part's really not noticeable but oh well. The car just looks amazing - those mirrors really stand out. I gave it a good wash and polish and then took it out to the reservoir for some pics. Will be getting these developed tomorrow and should have them for posting to my site Sunday night.

Stay tuned. It will be worth it.
 
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