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#1 2013-09-13 10:05:46

BeachZone
Member
From: Albuquerque, NM
Registered: 2013-08-23
User Number: 10233
Posts: 122

Beach's '05 Aero Thread

Hey guys!

I am a proud New owner of an '05 9-2x Aero! banana
She finally came in Tuesday 9/10/13 all the way from Kirkland, WA. I decided to post a thread and show her off before she goes under the knife for a cosmetic overhaul! Overall, I am very pleased with my purchase and will keep this thing around for many years to come. I don't think I could've found a better kept Aero to be honest. Inside and out, the car is phenomenal for it's age. Although I don't get to row through gears on the daily like I would've hoped, I couldn't be happier! Down the road I'll likely swap the engine and tranny out for something more exciting wink but for now, I'll stick to making her look purty.

I'll keep this thread updated as often as I can with as many photos as possible to capture the progress being made...

2005 Saab 9-2x Aero

- 46,000 Miles
- Desert Silver Metallic
- 4eat
- Heated seats
- Leather
- HID's
- 16" Wheels


Modifications/Add-Ons/Services

                                                 (Purchased=x/x/xx, Installed=x/x/xx)

- Full Interior/Exterior 6k LEDs     (P=8/31/13, I=9/13/13)
- WeatherTech DigiFit Liners        (P=8/31/13, I=9/11/13)
- Subaru Cargo Tray                    (P=9/4/13, I=9/12/13)
- '05 Sti Catback                         (P=9/6/13, I=9/21/13)
- Rotors & Ceramic Pads              (P=9/11/13, I=9/17/13)
- HID Headlight Bulbs                  (P=9/12/13, Ismile
- Wheels                                    (P=9/13/13, Ismile
- Vinyl                                        (P= 9/13/13, Ismile
- Cabin Air Filter                         (P=9/13/13, I=9/13/13)
- Coolant                                    (P=9/13/13, I=9/14/13)
- Air Filter                                  (P=9/13/13, I=9/14/13)
- Rear Diff. Fluid                         (P=9/13/13, I=9/14/13)



A couple pics when I brought her home and Full write-up of the first round of modifications are on the following posts smile


More Updates to follow



-Beach

Last edited by BeachZone (2016-05-15 17:38:28)


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#2 2013-09-13 10:06:11

BeachZone
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From: Albuquerque, NM
Registered: 2013-08-23
User Number: 10233
Posts: 122

Re: Beach's '05 Aero Thread

Thought I’d share what went into this recent project of mine! Hope you all enjoy…. This is a long one wink

Year - 2005
Make - Saab
Model - 9-2x Aero
Color - Desert Silver Metallic
Vinyl - Avery Dennison Lagoon Blue Matte Metallic

    I purchased this car a couple months ago from Kirkland, Washington off of AutoTrader. Low miles, one owner, very clean, straight body, etc etc… I needed it. My biggest gripe about the car was that the paint that came on this thing from the factory is, in my opinion, Ugly. So before it arrived, I knew something had to be done about it and that’s when the vinyl was ordered. I chose Avery’s Lagoon Blue Matte Metallic simply to be completely different from what anyone would see on the road. It’s a very unique color, being Matte and having a Metallic flake in it, it almost changes color in different lighting. In addition to vinyl wrapping, other areas of the car needed attention to go with the entire “look”, so you will see that documented here as well.

This car is daily driven, and on top of that, I don’t have the time to spend maintaining (Waxing/Sealing etc.) the vinyl and every other surface on this car regularly, so it only made sense to protect it, top to bottom, with the best protection available and forget about it. For this, I chose CarPro’s CQuartz Nano-Coatings and Optimum Polymer Technologies’ Ceramic Coatings.

Recently, I became the first and only Authorized Installer in the State for CQuartz Finest. Now I won’t get too into describing this phenomenal product right now, as I’ll be working on this write-up all through the night if I did, so for now I’ll just say that it’s AMAZING! 

See below for some quick info and be sure to visit the links to find out more about these two Paint Protection Coatings:
- CQuartz Nanotech Ceramic Automotive Paint Coating
- Opti-coat.com

Unlike waxes and sealants, CQ Finest adds a measurable 2~3µm thick protective “glass” coating. While the durability of wax and sealants which is measured in months, CQFinest durability is measured in years!

CQ FINEST is the most exclusive automotive surface protection in the world! Only available to select detailers, Finest was designed specifically for those with discerning tastes for its exceedingly rich & glossy finish, as well as its ability to resist the elements and protect like no other. While its beauty is undeniable, that is only the start! Long term protection of that beauty and resistance to the environment is equally important. Utilizing a proprietary condensed nanotech material, FINEST adds a measurable 3µm tough, high gloss “glass” layer, which protects the paint from dirt, brake dust, bugs, bird bombs, and tar for a minimum of two years. To experience the glossiest finish and best protection on the market, visit CQuartz Nanotech Ceramic Automotive Paint Coating for more information.


Here she is upon arrival:

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130910_141120_118_zps3eaab536.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130910_143647_457_zps566249dc.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130910_143700_108_zps893f2272.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130910_143717_507_zps42492bc8.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130910_143742_211_zpsad306538.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130910_143754_300_zps7ae713a5.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130910_143826_876_zps992a3631.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130910_143837_001_zpse715aaec.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130910_143952_368_zpsf6842325.jpg

Sun-Beaten, Dry, & Faded Trim
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130910_141540_082_zps7e39eed4.jpg

Rainbow Trim
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130910_141950_175_zpsb93b42e1.jpg

More faded Trim that needs attention
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130910_141737_248_zpsacafab54.jpg

Exhaust needs replacing
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130910_141741_429_zpsaeb491bb.jpg

Stock wheels are nice and rash-less but wouldn’t fit the ‘New Look’
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130910_141551_579_zps9add4f83.jpg

Ugly rusted rotors and calipers
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130910_141613_367_zps93aac5ed.jpg

Oxidized dull, dirty, and unprotected paint.
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130910_141835_087_zpsaa964539.jpg

Water laying flat on the paint is not a good sign. I was fearing heavy amounts of contamination at this point…
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130910_141901_498_zps943898eb.jpg

The rain was clinging to the glass as well showing no signs of protection. This glass will be clayed, polished and protected later
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130910_141921_248_zps5dd8920e.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130910_142100_353_zps19fead76.jpg

I got lucky with the Interior being basically flawless. No smoke, pets, stains, tears, rips, or scratches! It did have a mild odor but that would be easily remedied later in the write-up
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130910_145153_650_zps26bf2f40.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130910_145239_988_zps2a804853.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130910_145259_080_zps0948fa26.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130910_145318_036_zpsdd8814d3.jpg

After initial inspection, the first thing I do with any used car I purchase is change the Cabin Filter! Before the New filter was installed, So2 Pure was applied to kill bacteria and odors before they enter the cabin.

47,000 miles of filth trying to make it’s way through the ventilation system!
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130913_162634_295_zps8d06cd4f.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130913_162709_426_zps2312900f.jpg

Air filter was next. Almost like someone coated it with grease and oil
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130914_164539_638_zpsca97e167.jpg

Next was getting rid of every bulb and replacing them with LEDs. Really cleans up the look, and very bright white light makes it much easier to see!

Before
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130913_165826_486_zps99aa0406.jpg

After
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130913_171051_520_zpsbcd9e63c.jpg

Before
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130913_175504_769_zps2a465ef3.jpg

After
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130913_175713_806_zps95a7c387.jpg

Before
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130913_171827_245_zps5add3295.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130913_174441_515_zps119378c1.jpg

After
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130913_180447_464_zps363efdf8.jpg

Rotors, Pads, & Calipers were next!

I ended up breaking a caliper bracket bolt sad…. Shout out to BLVD Automotive for helping with the fix!
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130915_141051_122_zps5fcbd11d.jpg

Everything ended up turning out just fine!

Before
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130915_131012_670_zpsf754d205.jpg

After
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130917_121724_639_zpsb80f5390.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130915_114911_695_zps56af740e.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130917_121829_995_zps56c4d8ca.jpg

The Brake Calipers and Rotors were coated with Opti-Coat. The pic below shows some water beading after it had cured…
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130923_085310_688_zpsbb378bf3.jpg

Walked out in the morning after a full night of rain and saw that this poor car is seriously lacking some good protection on it's paint! Pic shows the rear portion of the roof on the Saab
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130911_071148_980_zpsdded7939.jpg

And here's our other car parked right behind it. Same area on the roof, same angle. That's a great example of how water should act when your paint is protected with a durable product! If water on your paint doesn’t look like it does in the picture below, then you need at the very least, to wax it.
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130911_071159_749_zpsf149a761.jpg

The clouds decided to go away for a bit so I could see what the vinyl looked like in the Sun! http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130919_121250_223_zps5d2e44b9.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130919_121147_354_zps7e8f9257.jpg

A Big Thank You goes out to Wayne (aka RatFink) for tossing my old rusted exhaust to the side and installing the Sti catback! Much better looking and a nice subtle rumble wink
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130921_174341_900_zps2957f4b0.jpg

The Wheels arrived.
After they were washed and dried, they were coated with Optimum Opti-Coat.

Optimum’s Opti-Coat is a hard wearing, aftermarket, ceramic clear coat for superior resistance to scratching (9H) and chemical etching from environmental impacts. It provides permanent protection for all factory paints, and can also be applied to exterior glass, metal, and hard plastic surfaces. This coating is the perfect candidate for my wheels as I hate spending the time cleaning all the caked on brake dust that accumulates in such a short period of time. Opti-Coat makes it much more difficult for brake dust to adhere to the wheel and most importantly, makes cleaning much easier

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130925_164622_889_zps4fe13ec7.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130925_164644_626_zps92101973.jpg
Every inch was coated

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130925_173431_890_zpsa9e00b9b.jpg

Making sure to get behind the spokes
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130925_173605_995_zpsc78ca2ad.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130926_092302_828_zps515b1100.jpg

After the Coating cured, I tested the water beading on the center caps. Perfect spherical beads!
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130926_092444_167_zps8175aaba.jpg

Carpro’s ReLoad Silica Spray Sealant was used to Top the Opti-Coat on the wheels
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131004_111116_016_zpscb90718f.jpg

On to the Wash and Decontamination:

The car was Foamed and left to dwell to help loosen any dirt on the surface before we touch the paint. This helps reduce the chance of scratching/marring the surface while washing. Foam was rinsed off, re-Foamed, Hand Washed, Rinsed, then Dried via warm filtered air through a blower.
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130927_092612_873_zps32f51b43.jpg

After the car was dried, the paint, glass, exhaust tip were Clay Bar’d.

Have you ever felt your paint after it has just been washed? Does the surface feel gritty, almost like sand paper? What you’re feeling are contaminants that have embedded themselves into your clear coat and they cannot be removed with a normal washing. A Clay Bar is used with a lubricant to remove these contaminants that are stuck on the clear coat! After a Clay Bar Treatment, your paint is left feeling smooth as glass!

*Important* By continually having a layer of protection on your paint, whether it be a wax, synthetic sealant, or coating, you will greatly reduce the accumulation of these contaminants over time! Clean paint not only looks and feels better, but your layer of protection will last much longer as well.

Clay Bar before
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130915_095957_414_zpsde10dd14.jpg

Clay Bar after claying a 2x2 foot section. The Clay has picked up an immense amount of contamination
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130915_100654_096_zpsfdb84320.jpg

After Claying, I gave all the paint and glass a thorough soaking of IronX and agitated every inch with a boar’s hair brush.
IronX is a chemical cleaner that works its way into the pores of the paint and dissolves the contamination that a Clay Bar cannot reach. While clay will remove Above surface bonded contaminants, IronX works to clean the paint even further Below the surface. After Claying and an IronX treatment, you are left with a super clean and smooth surface that is correctly and properly prep’d for polishing, a wax/sealant/coating, or in this case, Vinyl!

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130927_084954_690_zpsef4028e3.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130927_090500_344_zps3fe6b46d.jpg

A chemical reaction occurs when IronX comes in contact with contamination, and the liquid will turn red/purple as it starts dissolves them.
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130927_091242_621_zps6ef1a5f9.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130927_091257_706_zpsc99cc5b4.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130927_091319_851_zps93122370.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130927_091332_683_zps2507feea.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130927_091345_002_zpse40287a6.jpg

After the final decontamination step (IronX), the car was pulled outside for another foam wash and rinse. Once again it was dried, and now that it is 100% clean, I was able to see the true condition of this paint. The Sun showed me that swirls, spider webs, and marring was present on all panels. Luckily I will be covering it up with vinyl!

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130923_092526_568_zpsbe57f79f.jpg

Vinyl Wrap:

Here are some before and after shots of the wrap in progress
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130930_163716_246_zps6f9dc787.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131001_104034_048_zps2c70374a.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131001_143334_373_zps8e0eeae1.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131001_105029_361_zpscdd9f43c.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131001_154235_553_zpsff708d34.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131001_182436_310_zps7ed1865b.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131002_145105_219_zpsc1858286.jpg

Bumper was finished and removed so that I could install the headlights and the New bulbs to go with them.

Stock Bulbs on the left, Replacements on the right
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131002_161111_530_zpsa13693c0.jpg

Parking lights, Before
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131002_160017_896_zps4c098554.jpg

And After
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131002_162352_470_zpsd31b1e09.jpg

Stock HID and parking lights *Left, Replacements on the *Right
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131002_162418_343_zps755bbf61.jpg

After the bulbs were in and tested, it was time for a minor headlight restoration. Below you can see by the reflection of the fluorescent lighting on the lens. The headlight lens doesn’t look bad, but still somewhat hazy/cloudy and pitted.

Before
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131002_174603_194_zps680beba0.jpg

After. Results are crystal clear
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131004_123640_473_zpsd92d7c7f.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131003_161659_385_zps18e296db.jpg

Once they were all cleaned up, Opti-Lens Coating was applied to the pair.

Optimum’s Opti-Lens Coating is the most advanced pre-polymer resin for headlight protection. Once applied to the headlight or other hard surfaces, the resin will form covalent bonds with the substrate and crosslinks to form a permanent film. Opti-Lens coating contains high levels of UV blockers to prevent headlights from fading over time.
In our harsh New Mexican environment, where our vehicles are exposed to extreme temperatures and enormous amounts of UV rays all year round, you can see even New vehicles’ headlights oxidizing in a very short time. This car will sit outside 24/7, so a product such as Opti-Lens is a must to keep my re-freshed headlights looking clean and clear.

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131004_131506_655_zps48f45978.jpg

All done
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131004_193706_737_zpse6e4e623.jpg

Before reinstalling the front bumper, the fog lights needed some attention. The plastic surrounds were coated with CQuartz DLux Trim Coating.
Uncoated on Left, Coated on Right
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131003_103925_724_zps04477aaf.jpg

Closer Look
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131003_104719_841_zps8a4ccb72.jpg

CQuartz DLux is NOT a Trim dressing. It does not have a greasy/oily feel to it and does not attract dirt/dust like other products! It is a Silane-based glass coating that contains more than 50% pure silica. After application, the coating cures to form a super hard and extremely durable glass-like barrier that restores your faded trim to a Like-New appearance. It can withstand temperatures in excess of 800 degrees Fahrenheit and will last 12+ months!

The picture below shows a couple drops of the product that I let cure overnight in a plastic container to demonstrate it’s nature and the layer it will build on the surface it’s applied to.
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130727_130828_584_zps2023c6de.jpg

One of my fog lights had a hole in the front so they were both tinted using a yellow film to lock out any moisture that could potentially cause problems down the road
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131002_181859_037_zpsadc3f36a.jpg

The Front Grille was painted with Plasti-Dip to get rid of the chrome surrounds
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131005_110150_308_zps3b8e05b2.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131005_142219_889_zps7b32af0e.jpg

Everything was then reinstalled
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131006_114836_044_zps435912fe.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131006_114933_102_zpsca89fec4.jpg

The single sheet of vinyl was wrapped completely under the bumper and tucked away
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131006_115019_416_zps5ace0f46.jpg

Weather stripping was removed to wrap the rear quarters and complete pillar
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131006_121026_392_zpsa7c42f47.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131006_121927_562_zps9b03b2bb.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131006_171316_146_zps5dfd2bbd.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131006_182523_095_zps03c61b82.jpg

Rear Bumper Cover
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131007_125002_551_zpsbb531ee9.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131007_134143_944_zps2bfb4a4f.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131008_091947_517_zps5453f716.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131008_112434_263_zps644f6d76.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131008_125853_073_zps2945d115.jpg

Hatch
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131008_191448_688_zps013e22dd.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131009_091832_142_zpsc2356f2f.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131009_104203_398_zps461f30a6.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131009_150202_307_zps8a1172d6.jpg

Doors
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131010_123811_450_zps2914d9fa.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131010_145712_848_zps23de0074.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131011_083223_412_zps5cee215a.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131011_092353_188_zpsc65bca9e.jpg

Rear Spoiler
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131011_134859_475_zps25febbf5.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131011_150527_754_zps50df7bbe.jpg

The LED brake light on the spoiler was tinted
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131011_170218_039_zpsa246f7c0.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131011_172155_394_zpsb583f04b.jpg

Hood Scoop
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131012_170932_373_zps51c629fb.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131012_175740_330_zps1fc73281.jpg

Exterior B-Pillars and side mirrors wrapped in Carbon Fiber
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131010_145735_374_zps3dbac59f.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131013_104244_225_zpse657eccf.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20131013_122558_720_zpsbf7758a0.jpg

Side Skirts
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131013_190358_zpsf10bec07.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131013_202230_zps8387adab.jpg

Car was pulled outside to take advantage of the sun and bake for a few hours
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131014_133445_zps7ce54f92.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131014_133646_zpscda5d83e.jpg

Door cups and handles complete
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131015_110633_zps20f1c751.jpg

Wrap Complete:
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131014_155225_zpse2721b38.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131023_185815_zps5d2e2d92.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_183038_zpsb0fc873f.jpg


Interior Detail:

The leather seats and door cards were thoroughly scrubbed down using a PH balanced leather cleaner and a gentle horse hair brush, rinsed with distilled water, then dried. After all leather was properly prepped, it was time to seal in the cleanliness with CQuartz Fabric and Leather Coating.

CQuartz F&L uses nano-technology to provide the leather with a very durable, long-lasting hydrophobic layer, that will protect against UV degradation, sweat, salt, water, liquids, dirt, bacteria and stains. Perfect for this cream colored leather that is very tough to maintain. Best of all, once this products cures, there is no greasy/oily feel to it like other leather “dressings” and it adds a slight sheen to the leather, making it look New, NOT wet and glossy.

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_131253_zps22838987.jpg

Application
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_131456_zpsb0a1b077.jpg

Leather seat, Before CQuartz F&L
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_131145_zpsc0be2f86.jpg

After CQ F&L. You can see it added a nice satin finish and darkened the leather up a bit
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_144216_zpsc10ae455.jpg

To test the product’s hydrophobic properties, I sprayed distilled water onto an untreated leather door card. When I tried to wipe the area clean, the water just smeared/spread which took a few passes to dry completely
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_130103_zpsdce80610.jpg

The same area was sprayed once more after it was treated with CQ F&L. You can see very tight water beads, which made clean-up effortless
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_142329_zpsaa39a407.jpg


After the leather was coated, I moved onto the carpeting and headliner to address the mild odor that remained in the fabric from the previous owner.

For this, CarPro’s So2 Pure Odor Eliminator was used. So2 Pure is an advanced high-end grade purification coating based on the latest nano-science technology.

The carpeting and headliner were thoroughly cleaned using various products before applying So2 Pure
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_100442_zpsb3594097.jpg 


Interior After:

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_145005_zpse517f83b.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_144945_zps8a535023.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_145038_zps7b4ac1b3.jpg

Dash and Center console were cleaned of its old oily film, then all vinyl/plastics were dressed using a non-greasy satin finish UV Protectant
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_145803_zpsdf8fe8fe.jpg


Exterior Surface Protection:

Entire Car was thoroughly cleaned with CarPro’s Eraser so that no body oils interfere with the Coatings’ bond to each surface
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131014_170012_zpsc2f3aa73.jpg

CQuartz DLux came back out to coat the rest of the Trim and Carbon Fiber vinyl
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131014_183109_zps59983d48.jpg

Before
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131014_174633_zps346dbc51.jpg

After
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131014_180104_zpsd3c2ccf4.jpg

Just to give an idea of how CQuartz Performs, The left side is untreated/raw Carbon Fiber vinyl and the right side was coated with CQuartz DLux Trim Coating. The results are nothing short of spectacular. Super hydrophobic
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131023_113615_zps082faf5d.jpg

50/50 faded Trim
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131014_173249_zpsa2be6cdf.jpg

Finished up nicely
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131014_173849_zps93028acc.jpg


For all exterior glass, I went with CQuartz FlyBy30 Windshield and Glass Coating. The glass had already been clayed earlier in the write-up, so all that was left to do was polish and then apply the coating.

CQ FlyBy30 resists the friction and abrasion from road rash, wiper blades, dust, car washes, harsh cleansers, and the environment. With a high water droplet contact angle and low sliding angle, FlyBy30 promises fast repellency and glass that is easily cleared from rain, ice, snow, and bugs.

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131014_183203_zpsd5203eef.jpg

Applying FlyBy30 to windshield
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131014_221857_zpsce9fb592.jpg

After the exhaust tip was clayed, polished and cleaned, it was coated with Opti-Coat
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131015_000545_zps73762036.jpg

Ambient and surfaces temperatures noted before application
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131015_114903_zps02f15636.jpg

CQuartz Finest Coating was applied in two thick coats to all vinyl
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131014_183250_zps4dc39ff6.jpg

CQuartz Finest is warrantied to last a minimum of 2 years! Door Jambs were cleaned and coated as well
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131023_190559_zps9901cdd6.jpg

Then ReLoad was used to top the Coated surfaces
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131015_114936_zpsfb9a4a43.jpg

CQuartz Protected
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131014_221313_zps8b644fa6.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131015_003148_zpse7c1fc57.jpg


I performed a similar test to the vinyl as I did with the leather earlier in this write-up. Below are a few pictures I took after distilled water was sprayed onto the raw untreated vinyl after the hood had been wrapped. You can see that vinyl naturally beads water fairly well, much better than raw unprotected paint

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131014_171134_zpseb06af93.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131014_171229_zps8c4f153c.jpg

Closer look
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131014_171255_zps676fbb7d.jpg


The next set of photos show how the water acts to the vinyl surface after it has been Coated with CQuartz Finest. Nice, consistent, and uniform water beads

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131025_071031_zps8664f738.jpg

A closer look
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131025_071218_zps6d71d8af.jpg


Even closer. The water beads act as a magnifying glass in this photo and show off the metallic flake in the vinyl! Not bad!

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131025_071117_zpsf50eca2c.jpg

Finishing touch was dressing the rubber with a semi-gloss no-sling tire dressing
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131014_185129_zpsfb9a4efc.jpg



Final Photos:


Pulled her outside to get a breath of fresh air in her new skin…
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_180357_zpsfce51870.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_180447_zpsb14356ee.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_180504_zps68372e70.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_180527_zps96565d26.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_180550_zps80551cc5.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_180657_zpsec01adc2.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_180707_zps6caeefa0.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_180729_zps50f9beb6.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_180807_zps405191d3.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_180815_zpsf96aa4e2.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_180826_zps1d690410.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_180841_zps977b3f5b.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_180905_zps027b1aa0.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_180920_zps5a20ddf6.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_180935_zps8904177f.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_180946_zpsc5947824.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_181124_zpse2b12d94.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_181444_zps8de1605c.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_181456_zps1637ce2e.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_182017_zps92ca7564.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_181622_zps8c14ebe5.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_181645_zps4e44b534.jpg



Conner (aka Cwsly) and I recently took a short trip up the mountain for some killer snow shots. Couldn't have been a better day for it!
I just wanted to show off the photos he took of the car. Came out great IMO!

Thanks again, Conner!  embeer


One other thing I wanted to add, was that the car hadn't been washed in a couple weeks when we took these photos! It was rained on and still looks quite clean. CQuartz Finest along with all other coatings used, are making my life much easier! smile


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7399/11004027225_244c4549e0_o.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3721/11004245503_0ccdb9fe28_o.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3828/11004190404_c2d65c8c6b_o.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3720/11004124426_c27e4dcdb3_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7418/11004187374_54544436f2_o.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5539/11004183524_85e4280018_o.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3816/11004182844_2730c016df_o.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5518/11004251863_4ab679c072_o.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7424/11004248023_f795269411_b.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3755/11004037305_2faf2b2ac7_o.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5506/11004249093_6955aa65c4_o.jpg

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2875/11004036075_2523556449_o.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5498/11004035145_ca3d1df6c1_o.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3823/11004256273_1b12404d08_o.jpg


Of course we had to plug my pup in here!  lol

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5489/11004191364_7ee4fc19c3_b.jpg




-Beach

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#3 2013-09-13 10:06:16

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Re: Beach's '05 Aero Thread

***Copy from post #60***


Hey guys...

Been awhile since I've posted on this board, but I wanted to share some most recent photos taken of the Saabie by a friend of mine. He's a very talented Photographer and is often shooting some amazing rides... So follow in on FaceBook and Instagram!

FB = https://www.facebook.com/LunchboxPhotoWorks
IG = @lunchboxphotoworks


And if you guys like Auto Detailing and Vinyl Wrapping... I'd appreciate it if you were to give me a "Like" and/or follow me on Instagram as well!

FB = https://www.facebook.com/detailabq

IG = @DIAMONDDETAIL_ABQ



On to the pics:


http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/Photoshoots/DiamondDetailPreview_zpsb71a524b.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/Photoshoots/DiamondDetailBrightLight_zps9dd07dc3.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/Photoshoots/DiamondDetailDownHillSide_zps7c816c38.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/Photoshoots/DiamondDetailHood_zps6e3a01ed.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/Photoshoots/DiamondDetailFrontHalf_zpsd18fb93d.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/Photoshoots/DiamondDetailBackHalf_zpsb0690d73.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/Photoshoots/DiamondDetailVolcanoVista_zpsac29d936.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/Photoshoots/DiamondDetailSaab85mm_zps27a0cc6a.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/Photoshoots/DiamondDetailRearRig_zps625fe259.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/Photoshoots/DiamondDetailrigFront_zpse768c05e.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/Photoshoots/DiamondDetailProfile_zps627ca192.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/Photoshoots/DiamondDetailSunsetFront_zpsa9c4c6c9.jpg


The main reason behind this photo shoot was to get some legitimate photos taken of the car wearing Lagoon Blue Matte Metallic before she goes under the knife for a color change. I absolutely love Lagoon Blue and it will surely be missed... But it's time for a fresh look! So stay tuned in the coming weeks!


-Beach

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#4 2013-09-13 10:06:22

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Re: Beach's '05 Aero Thread

UPDATE: 5/15/16

For those that don't know or follow this thread... I've decided to give a little update after pushing 3 years of ownership!

I finished re-wrapping the car in October of 2014. This time around we decided to go with something a little more fitting for the holidays (plans to rewrap again in the spring time), and with that said we chose Arlon's Matte Red Aluminum. It looks far different in person and is basically looks like a huge Christmas ornament that you'd hang on a tree. Unfortunately for us, before I was able to have my buddy photograph the fresh wrap the car was hit and totaled in January of 2015. Since then, we've done nothing but regular maintenance on the car and pretty much put our attention and funds to the business and life. I've promised to show some photos of the Matte Red wrap and have just now found a little time to post a couple from 2014 before she was tainted. I probably have another 100+ photos to share, but sadly there just isn't enough time. For now this should satisfy the few that wanted to see her all done up in Red. At the moment I'm setting aside funds to fully repair her with new parts and then she'll go under the knife yet again for a new color, new powdercoated shoes etc. She need a makeover badly and I'm tired of looking at her this way.

Enjoy wink

http://i.imgur.com/bZGfUx6.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/0GiGgqJ.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/nfvf00y.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/dTKd7IS.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/0cftsbp.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/hSd1QnJ.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/9lFzfze.jpg


-Beach

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#5 2013-09-13 10:06:29

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#6 2013-09-13 10:06:37

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#7 2013-09-13 10:51:17

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#8 2013-09-13 10:59:14

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That is one clean interior for sure.


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Cobb Protune, VF-48, 850cc, turbo inlet, 3-port EBCS, SPT w/ Shield,  3" DP, STi UP, STi Cat-back, STi TMIC w/ diffuser, GS BMCB, Kartboy SS+ bushings,
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#9 2013-09-13 11:39:49

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Just so you know.  Unless you are planning on writing a novel about everyday you drive your car you really don't need to reserve that many posts.  Just sayin'.  You can make your OP real long.


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#10 2013-09-13 11:51:43

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Right on, Thanks for that. Some of the forums I frequent do not allow much content in each post. With the amount of content I usually put into my threads, I wanted to make sure I could get the majority of it on the first page.


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#11 2013-09-13 18:28:01

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nice blanket.


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#12 2013-09-13 23:05:45

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Thanks, Buddy.


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#13 2013-09-16 19:39:49

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You settled on an auto?


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#14 2013-09-17 08:20:41

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We are twins! Haha except I have the 5mt. Congrats on the new purchase.

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#15 2013-09-17 10:19:46

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Yes. I purchased an Auto Aero.


alan1592 wrote:

We are twins! Haha except I have the 5mt. Congrats on the new purchase.

Post some pics my DSM brother! Very jealous you have the 5mt but you're still cool with me wink


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#16 2013-09-20 08:51:46

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Updated


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#17 2013-09-20 09:16:07

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Nice work, jealous, wish I had more time to give my car some loving.  Keep the updates coming.

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#18 2013-09-20 12:16:41

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what rotors did you end up getting?

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#19 2013-09-20 13:18:35

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I don't think I've seen a more or better organized build thread.

Looks good!

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#20 2013-09-23 09:12:35

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Thanks guys smile

I bought the Ebay specials lol for $160ish you get the rotors + ceramic pads. Good enough for me!


Updated OP with a couple more pics now that I finally got that old junk off. The rusted bolts were terrible sad


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#21 2013-09-23 10:09:14

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What bulbs did you install for the license plate lights?


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#22 2013-09-23 10:23:28

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SaabaruRS wrote:

What bulbs did you install for the license plate lights?

I'd also like to know. Looks good in the pictures.

Nice job on the detailing, as well. Being an OCD detailed I can really appreciate those beads!  You take the time to polish as well?


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#23 2013-09-26 08:46:44

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SaabaruRS wrote:

What bulbs did you install for the license plate lights?

I don't remember.

Go to Vleds.com, look up your vehicle and bulb number, and buy 6k if you like my pictures.


tlow98 wrote:

I'd also like to know. Looks good in the pictures.

Nice job on the detailing, as well. Being an OCD detailed I can really appreciate those beads!  You take the time to polish as well?

Hey thanks man! I love me some good beads! If you like that, then you'll probably think I'm crazy to Opti-Coat my rotors and Calipers lol! I actually just finished Opti-Coat'ing my new wheels last night... Gonna make cleaning a breeze!! see below:

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130923_085310_688_zpsbb378bf3.jpg

I didn't end up compounding/polishing because i'm going to vinyl wrap the car and it would be a waste of time at the moment. I really wish I didn't have DSM because I would love to make this paint glow as it has tons of swirls! My paint thickness gauge is only showing 100 micron readings so that's another reason I held off on polishing until I get tired of the wrap! It's hard to capture swirls on a light colored car, and 98% of people would never notice them, but being who I am that's all I see when I look at it sad

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/IMG_20130923_092526_568_zpsbe57f79f.jpg


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#24 2013-11-19 11:47:41

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Teaser pic:

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/BeachZone1/My%20Saabaru/20131024_183038_zps4ff4993a.jpg

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#25 2013-11-19 11:57:20

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