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    #76
    I'm liking Duplicolor's 'bumper and trim paint' so far. I had time to go out to the car today (it's half an hour away in another city), and what is painted is still not 100% cured, which leads me to believe it'll probably still be somewhat soft and flexible in the end, and more resistant to chipping. We'll see though. I plan on using that on the wiper arms, but then go with a normal semi-gloss black paint for the window verticals.

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      #77
      How did you get the door protectors off, doesn't look like you damaged them or the paint at all? I had a heck of a time taking them off Ruby without damaging it (even though I installed all new parts after the paint job)?
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        #78
        I removed the interior door panels and squeezed the door protector clips from inside with pliers, using a plastic trim tool to initially pry the rear ends of the strips off the outer door panel until I could get my fingers around it.

        For the clip at the front end of each strip, I couldn't reach them from inside, but the door protector will slide forward off the clip, like how the side skirts are removed. There was still old adhesive I had to clean off the paint, and for that I used Goo Gone and plastic scrapers from Harbor Freight, and it didn't even scuff up the paint.

        When you go to reinstall, push that front clip through the hole and into the pocket of the door panel. It can be tricky to get out of the door, though. For the front doors I had to undo that one 10mm bolt that holds a plastic wire harness protector and then pull the front window track down (there's a small section at the bottom end of the track that slides off the rest of it). Then just get something long and thin to get in there and move the clip to where you can reach it by hand.
        Last edited by CyborgGT; 05-07-2020, 07:50 AM.

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          #79
          Alright, here's where I lose everyone's interest...






          Excuses come pre-prepared:

          1) The car's going 5-lug at some point, so it's hard to want to spend much money on wheels right now.

          2) The H22 demands more rubber on the ground pronto. The long-term goal is for 8, maybe 9" wide wheels. I've been thinking about how to pull off a subtle all-metal wide-body as well.


          I went to Discount to get them mounted and balanced, but the wait time was too long for today. But does anyone know why tire shops charge different rates depending on wheel size? Sounds like a corporate rip-off, considering it's the same exact work on the same machines that practically do the work for you. It really enforces how glad I am that I don't need to take my car to a shop for pretty much anything else.
          Last edited by CyborgGT; 05-08-2020, 12:48 AM.

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            #80
            Good choice on the wheels. Bronze will look nice on the wagon.
            http://www.hondanews.com/releases/19...d-introduction

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              #81
              Hard to go wrong with bronze, imo. It goes well with pretty much any body color.
              Last edited by CyborgGT; 09-15-2020, 12:05 AM.

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                #82
                Id still rock Rotas. Seems like everyone flocked to JNCs and STRs. Lol
                Henry R
                Koni/Neuspeed
                1992 Accord LX R.I.P
                1993 Accord EX OG since 'o3
                Legend FSM

                'You see we human beings are not born with prejudices, always they are made for us,
                made by someone who wants something' -1943 US War Department video

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                  #83
                  Ah, so I'm old-fashioned cool. Like an automotive hipster. Greeaat. There are so many 3-letter brand names out there now, I wonder if any of them actually stand for anything.


                  Anyway, I got the car mostly back together this weekend. First, I stuck a cheap turn-down exhaust tip on so I can finally get it back on the ground again.




                  The hub centric rings that Discount Tire provided don't reach the hubs on the car to be able to actually center the wheel, so I have some others on order that don't have such a deep chamfer, hoping for better luck. Until they arrive, I'm relying on the lug nuts for a sorta-centered install. At least I'm not driving on them.




                  I spot-sanded and resprayed the door molding, then let them 'bake' in the hot sun for a while. No photos, but I used Dupli-Color filler primer on the side window verticals and grille pieces. The verticals were top-coated in Rustoleum semi-gloss black - I was very careful to spray very light coats this time, holding the can further away, and they turned out well enough. I chose semi-gloss to better suit the eventually-tinted windows, and Rustoleum was the only brand I was finding with that color.




                  For the horizontal grille pieces, I used Spectral Paints' Seattle Silver and clear. Maybe it's just the characteristics of metallic paint not being compatible with rattle cans, but just like with Automotive Touch-Up's cans, Spectral's kept spitting out solid droplets. These pieces now have faint freckling, but I can live with it. They look great otherwise, and after mocking them up in place under the hood line, going with body-color was definitely the right move. This grille is going to be a really nice piece when finished, but that will have to wait, since there was some pitting in the body of the grille that I missed. I laid some new filler on it, and will try to finish it up next weekend.




                  Wiper arms are finished and re-installed. Also coated in semi-gloss.






                  They may not be JDM slim, but USDM sedan moldings are definitely a step up from what came on the wagon.










                  I also mounted the rear red 'H' and messed around with emblem arrangement to see what made sense. I eventually settled on this, but it's going to mean removing that cool "Honda World" emblem. The "Aero R," by the way, is too long to fit on the panel that the LX/EX is fitted stock, or I'd have done that.






                  This was a possibility, but it's too many emblems. I'm half-tempted to leave the "Accord" emblem off as well, and just rock the "Aero R" by itself.




                  The car badly needs to be lowered with those wheels on, but damn it's starting to look good... if you don't look too closely, that is. There were so many times where I just stopped and stared at the car, thinking about what it's going to be very soon. I might need to request some vacation time from work once the engine's back from the machine shops and really put the hammer down.

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                    #84
                    Had time today, so I went down to sand the filler after it cured overnight. Scuffed up the rest of the surfaces that I'll be respraying, so Saturday I'll be able to get right to it.

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                      #85
                      Good updates. The grille looks like a really fresh take on the CB design.

                      While l like the 3 badges on the rear, I think I am partial to just the "H" and the Aero R badge.
                      http://www.hondanews.com/releases/19...d-introduction

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                        #86
                        ya i like the door trim pieces better........

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                          #87
                          Originally posted by SSMAccord View Post
                          Good updates. The grille looks like a really fresh take on the CB design.

                          While l like the 3 badges on the rear, I think I am partial to just the "H" and the Aero R badge.
                          That is actually my second consideration, still removing the Honda World emblem, for cleanliness's sake. I haven't committed yet.

                          Has no one cut out the middle fin in the grille before? I would have thought this a somewhat common mod back in the day. I did it the same way as on my sedan that's still in my sig; it'll be backed with black mesh.
                          Last edited by CyborgGT; 05-13-2020, 11:52 PM.

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                            #88
                            Grille is finished... I guess. It still needs a black mesh backing, which I do have, but I was having the worst luck with getting this thing painted, and finally threw in the towel after the third attempt. There are still some small imperfections, but overall I'm happy. The rattle can chrome for the ring around the H isn't horrible, but I definitely need more practice with the stuff before I spray the Aero R emblems - and for that, I bought three more cans of the stuff (they're only 3.5oz each!) to experiment different techniques with. It's meant for RC car bodies, which come clear and are therefore painted from the inside, so any external surface you apply it to has to be flawlessly smooth for the chrome effect to be convincing; and on top of that, it's not very durable at all, and clear coats are said to dull the finish... lots of experimenting to do. But for the front, I found a brand new OEM upper chrome piece on eBay that I'll be ordering soon to sit in wait until I feel like stripping and painting Seattle Silver to get that H looking perfect. I'm liking this overall, though:




                            The '98 Accord rear emblem ended up going on, as well. When I removed the Honda World dealership emblem (it's metal!), the 27 year old adhesive wasn't kind to the clear coat underneath, so I used the Accord emblem to cover up most of the damage.

                            Last edited by CyborgGT; 05-23-2020, 10:11 PM.

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                              #89
                              Sooo you going to clean that rear bumper ?

                              Kidding... looks good!

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                                #90
                                Nah. Haha, I get parts of the car dirty while I'm working around it, and then put in a good effort to clean it, just for it to get dirty again from either more work or how naturally dusty that garage gets. A good detail will definitely be in order once I'm actually driving it.

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