-Hey just thought I'd update all 0 of you following my page Though this will still be a good record place for me and pictures that I can refer to later.
While my dad was at work I decided to go ahead and plasti-dip the rims on my 1975 2002, and while the car was lifted, take off the front bumper
I started at 2:00pm and with a friends' help finished at around 10:00pm after cleaning up...
(We also wanted to check a braking problem that I had been encountering that forced the car to pull left when braking while going fast, or just braking hard.
My friend recently coated his 18" SAAB rims in matte black paint which looked pretty nice, so I decided to repaint mine from silver to white to match the color of my car (see before and after pictures)
While plasti-dip can be more expensive, it is rubber-based and therefore removable, so unsure of whether I would like the end result, I chose plasti-dip.
I lifted the car myself and being inexperienced almost shattered the oil pan with the floor jack Luckily I didn't position it there and hit a solid part of the car which worked to support it.
After the car was up I took off the wheels and applied 6 coats of plasti-dip to the rims, on my grass, without taping any of the tire off. There are now 4 white circles in our lawn hehe
Thankfully the unwanted excess white paint on the rubber tire peeled easily (pretty cool, actually) and I was left with some solid matte white rims. I also bought some "metallic finish" plasti-dip spray that you add on after coating the rims, but I tested it on some scrap metal and all it did was add sparkles (and a little depth) so unless that's what you want go ahead and buy it
Upon removing the front bumper (which was astoundingly easy, just had to remove battery and use some air-pressurized tools to unscrew the 22mm bolts, which was HARD with tools on the Imperial scale ) We discovered how much cooler it looked without it in person (really, it does). It actually kind of looks like a shark because of the tilted-forward front end with the two lights on either end posing as eyes. It just kind-of looks like a menacing, beastly shark --- Which my friends and I loved, but my mom thought was "brutish" haha.
Then came the brakes...
I had already ordered sets of pads for the front disc brakes and thought after replacing them (if only I could) I would paint the calipers and drums lime green or red, maybe orange or yellow, something to stand out behind the freshly coated white rims. I wasted 2 hours because ONE of the four pistons within the caliper on the front left wheel was STUCK out. And I mean STUCK, we tried putting a vise-grip on it and closing the gap with the adjustable circle-screw-thing on the end and made 6 FULL ROTATIONS, to no avail. This was what was causing the "pull to the left" braking problem mentioned earlier.
Long Story short there are 2 ugly holes in the front of my car, 2 squares of residue (from black accordion bumper things) and I need to order a new/have NAPA rebuild my caliper. Looks like my suspension upgrades will have to wait
-Also I got a bunch of cool free bowling coupons from our Local NAPA auto-parts dealer because apparently "no one else would take them", so I got that goin' for me, which is nice. Hmu for free bowling