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Said screw it..im dippin it. I used it on wheels before but this is the first time attempting a detailed job. Grill and badges. I cant decide what grill i want yet so this will get me by im thinking. Worst case scenario it sucks and i commit to a grill sooner. And i think i will keep the forte badge if its blacked out. Again worst case scenario i dont like it and just debadge the trunk.

And now that have base coated ...i think its going to be o.k. seems to be going on smoothly. I was worried it would be rough textured due to the distance sprayed being a touchy subject. I went with majority of recommendations of about 6-8" first light coat or 2..then lay it on good at 4-5".

Well time to put the finish on the grill. To windy to do trunk badges today.
 

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Smooth as butter...its hot r.now so it dried fast. I will let it cure a bit and reinstall. A few days of looking at it and i will know if it was really really worth it, but for now i already think its a improvement worth doing especially at a cost of $5.95+tax;)
 

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so now i only want to do a lil personalizing...maybe paint the kia letters? white? red? any ideas? it will be temporary unless i fall in love with it due to plans for custom badges from the place that did infernos.
 

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Looks good but I would not have blacked out the emblem.
Its temporary till i get my customs..didnt want chrome..gonna address it with some color likely

Woah woah woah!!! you're not supposed to cook the Forte!
Ha! Knew someone would comment..just the best lighting i could get for a pic

It looks much better like that
Thanks..first time attempting a dip job on anything important. Wheels are easy to do. This was to surprisingly.
 

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Its temporary till i get my customs..didnt want chrome..gonna address it with some color likely



Ha! Knew someone would comment..just the best lighting i could get for a pic



Thanks..first time attempting a dip job on anything important. Wheels are easy to do. This was to surprisingly.
I am still working on some different badges too :)
 

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Yeah its important to get a smooth finish. Im gonna find a covered area at one of the schools or something like that. Maybe one of my neighbors has a open garage i can use a bit..im about 17th in line to get my own. Lease will be up buy the time its my chance to get one i bet.
 

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I think it looks great, Mr. Hooligan! You can always peel it off the badge if you want but I wouldn't....looks cool.
 

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got the rear badges done today thanks to the maint. guys at a local school. they let me back in the shop they keep the mower in and then i showed em the process. made 2 new dippers. one guy said he was going to get some on the way home for his trucks badges lol.

made more of a mess with the newspaper ink dust than the dip. next time i may just spray it with out masking and peel it off unless i have some better material for masking with.

used a flossing/toothpick sword to pull the dip outta the letters where its not worth hassling with to mask. worked awesome. no scratching and good lil point to work with.

have not decided what color to do the kia letters..worried white will yellow and red is common. maybe i will just leave it be since its a for now mod.

i like the forte badge now. better looking and contrast makes it pop out a lil better. probably keep it afterall.

 

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Very nice! Was thinking about doing this myself as well.

Grille looks easy to remove... I hope!
top is 4 screw tight style clips med. phillips size. pull forward a bit and behind is 4 small screws 2 on ea side stubby small phillips worked great then use finger to release a lil clip at ea of the top side screws. and across bottom inside is 4 more same size. they are short screws so loosen a lil bit and finish with fingers so ya dont drop em. may have to barely wiggle it a touch to slide it out. it is in a couple lil grooves in the bumper to help position it. it sounds way more complicated than it is lol.
 

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decided on red lettering. not the only one to do it..but only in my area. got a compliment from my neighbor so i guess its a winner.

 
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