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    Re: My Hoopty

    Car looks new again for the 5th time. Good job.

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    Re: My Hoopty

    Some new developments on trim rehabilitation.

    Your Guide to Trim Restoration (3geez.com)
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    Front plastic all looks shabby again.

    Headlight surrounds and corner lights are oxidized and faded.













    The blinkers are similarly degraded and hazy. The fog lights are a horror movie.









    It's all kinda underwhelming again.




    There is still Maaco overspray on the headlight surrounds. Say what you want about Maaco, but this paint job is 11 years old now. It's failing in a lot of places, but it STILL looks better than the blown our clear-coat mess it covered.

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    On my first San Jose run, I scored a relatively new corner light for one side of the car. I came home and found a new corner light for the other side on eBay. Yay for eBay!!




    They aren't a perfect match. In fact, all the front headlight trim is a calico patchwork of colors that have faded in different ways.

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    If someone wants to buy these new blinkers on eBay, it will remove the temptation for me to buy them.

    NEW 86-89 Honda Accord LXI SEI Front BUMPER Turn Signal Marker LEFT& RIGHT | eBay

    Thank you!

    Anyway, I'm going to try the same stuff you'd use for a hazy headlight to see if I can breathe some new life into these old pieces. I'm not building a Concours car and whatever I do is still going to be subject to stone chips and sun and all the other hazards of my daily commute. I'm not looking for perfection. I only want to keep my car from looking so shabby it bums me out.

    So I'm using Meguiar's Headlight Restoration Kit...




    ...followed by their Headlight Coating spray to keep things from turning hazy again. You have to re-apply it yearly, but it beats pulling everything apart again to restore it.




    Here is a blinker before and after.




    Call it good enough.

    I worked on the corner light and it's close enough to matching also.

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    Re: My Hoopty

    Quote Originally Posted by conozo View Post
    Car looks new again for the 5th time. Good job.
    I know right? ROFL! That's how it goes if you're going to keep driving it. You can lock it in a warehouse like a time capsule and keep it looking new that way, or keep fixing it up as you go along.
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    I'm not sure what to do about the headlight eyebrows. The one is really bad. I'd like to use paint, but I worry it will look odd. Maybe I'll get some sacrificial pieces from the yard and play around with them.

    The rubberized filler that rounded out this chrome piece on the front grille has long since crumbled to dust and blown away.




    I'm tempted to fill it in with Alex Plus silicone caulk and paint it. It's not UV resistant at all, but maybe the paint will preserve it.

    Anyone have any ideas for finishing this piece out?
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    I yanked all those crummy plastic retaining clips from the front fender liners. M6x1 threaded inserts fit nicely when you drill out the existing holes to 3/8". I used aluminum inserts with stainless countersink bolts to eliminate rust. Then I used 3/8" bonded sealing washers, like you'd use for screwing down a metal roof.

    Here are the sizes for reference.




    Hardware installed. I painted the screw holes with some terrible rattle can paint I have here. It's black because... meh.




    All finished.




    I'll paint the screws later but even if I don't it's still better than those stupid clips.
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