I guess this happens a lot, but check out the condition of
the fins, as well as the rusted bolts, for example.
|These side guard things are scratched up, the bolts rusted and the fins bent!|
So I removed everything that I could easily. That included
the side guard things (as above), the front brackets (thing on left in photo below), the side
brackets (one was severely bent up), and the fins.
With the fins, you can see
how much dust was trapped underneath each one!
|excuse the mess in the garage...lol|
Also, the side guard things (made of ABS plastic) were
scuffed up, and in some places, damaged, so they needed to be repaired. The
best I could do, of course, was to sand down the rough spots, and then spray on
the spray rubber (Plasti-Dip).
Came out OK though. I mean, you really can't see them, so as long as they are looking shiny and newly protected, I'm happy.
I then sanded down the carbon fiber in places where it was rough (as well as gently all over), then applied a clear coat, just in case. (Note that the carbon fiber itself is a dry weave and probably doesn't need a clearcoat, if in new condition...)
|Nice and Shiny!|
After I was happy with how this turned out, I used a rivet gun to reattach the side pieces, this time with stainless steel rivets:
The end result being this - note that I did not attach the fins back on. Also note that I replaced the front brackets with stainless ones from the RB Motorsport kit (one on the left attached here):
So in Part 2, I'll review how I was able to attach it to the car.
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