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Old 01-10-2009, 02:57 PM   #1
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Painted Bumperettes and 986 Logo

After having owned my boxster for a few months, and seeing all the nice cars on this website - I got the itch to paint my bumperettes. Rather than pay for the ones from bumperplugs, I figured since I was off for two weeks over the holidays, I'd get the kit from paintscratch and do it myself. I followed the instructions as closely as I could - and I must say the end result is very nice. I spread the job out over a few days and did sanding, priming, painting, and clear on different days.

I also picked up a 986 emblem. The car was debadged when I got it, and I thought the trunk looked a little "plain" so the emblem went on this morning.

I also did the 987 shifter assembly - so not only is the car looking good, it's shifting GREAT!

the before pic was before the cleared tails went on.... so teh before/after shots show a big difference in what tails, painted bumperettes and an emblem will do

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Overall, the changes are subtle. The bumperettes never stuck out THAT bad since my car is so dark - there's just not enough contrast, unlike silver/red cars. It does, however, still look a lot better. The satisfaction of knowing I did it myself is worth something too. The combo of the emblem and the painted bumperettes - turned out nice.

I'm dying to take her out for a drive. No one on the road (other than porsche fanatics) would EVER know the difference from before - but I do...and that's teh whole point!
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Old 01-10-2009, 07:48 PM   #2
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I know you said that the changes are subtle, but oh how subtle they are. Less is more is an old saying and what you did to your car makes it look great! Porsche should have done that or at least offered it as an option. I did mine also and now the rear end is easier on the eyes.

Congratulations, great looking car!
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Old 01-10-2009, 10:40 PM   #3
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I did mine also and now the rear end is easier on the eyes.
So, now it is time for new pic on your sig? I don't see any painted bumberettes on this pic.
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:19 PM   #4
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Looks Great. I installed the 986 logo as well. Ilove hearing all the comments about the model number. What model is that??? It's funny. Really throws people off.
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:41 PM   #5
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Looks Great. I installed the 986 logo as well. Ilove hearing all the comments about the model number. What model is that??? It's funny. Really throws people off.

Painted my bumperettes last week after reading this thread! Love it!

Had some extra paint, so I'm curretly painting the lower lip of the front bumper.

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Old 01-30-2009, 02:26 PM   #6
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looks great

can you post the link to the kit you used to do this?

is it hard for someone wit limited skills to do>

thanks in advance.
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Old 01-30-2009, 09:42 PM   #7
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looks great

can you post the link to the kit you used to do this?

is it hard for someone wit limited skills to do>

thanks in advance.


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Painted my bumperettes for $60
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the painting is NOT hard at all. Time consuming, but not hard. I've heard people say that the trick to painting is the prep - and this job convinced me of that.

the bumperettes are all rough and bumpy - if you get down and look at them - they have little bumps all over them - you have to sand all that off. PITA. I did it by hand. If you had some kind of sanding machine it might go much faster. then you prime it - and you start to see how smooth it gets. then you paint. I took my time and spread the steps out over days - to let each step fully dry.

after I did this - I started thinking that painting my center console, or other interior components would NOT be very hard - you just need to set aside the time to do it.

show us the pics of your lower bumper when it's done Crios!!
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:16 PM   #9
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Boxster emblem is gone - but the glue residue remains. What can take this off?
Also where did you order the 986 logo - ebay?
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:24 PM   #10
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Boxster emblem is gone - but the glue residue remains. What can take this off?
Also where did you order the 986 logo - ebay?
I don't remember what I used, maybe 3m adhesive & wax remover (only thing in my cabinet now), also I would try rubbing alcohol if you happen to have some.
It is actually 968 logo, so you just have to rearrange it. Any dealership should be able to get it for you, but for me Sunset was cheapiest by far.
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- Tip
- PSE
- C4S Cluster with new style OBC
- 18" with 7mm rear spacers
- Litronics
- Fully de-ambered
- LED taillights
- Aluminium Pedals
- Integrated Garage Door Opener
- 986 emblem
- Yellow brake calipers with Brembo stickers
- Yellow center console
- Aerokit II wing & trunklid
- Eibach Pro springs
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