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What did you do to your 5th Gen today?

Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2018 Explorer Sport Tuning' started by ibmike, March 17, 2014.

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    1. cwescapexlt4x4

      cwescapexlt4x4 Explorin' the Desert SW Elite Explorer

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      I tend to lower all 4 windows (unless it's raining... wait it's AZ) when I have been pulled over (thankfully haven't been recently) or at CBP inspection stations to allow easier visibility and to put the officer a little more at ease.
       
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      This is what guys with OCD do on the Labor Day holiday weekend. Can't believe the rust on a 2017 vehicle that's not even a year old.
       
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      Whats the VRT Trim like for the plastic fender trim and below the doors?

      My issue is the rain leaving drip marks on the trim essentially washing away the VRT solution.
       
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      I haven't had that much problem with washing away (it never rains in Seattle :D) I also use back to black by Mothers. I truly wish I could just do away with all the lower plastic trim.... I hate Jeep for ever starting this plastic molding trend.

      So did you spend all weekend painting just one wheel, or are you going to do half in AZ and the half in B.C. ?? If you had real OC you would pin strip the disks or maybe paint flames on them, but yours looks better than my stock rusted disks. On your way back to AZ or BC stop by and paint mine, I pay in Chick-fil-a sandwiches for you I even buy some potatoes!
       
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      You pay in Chic Fil A???????......Im leaving now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
       
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      Could you detail that process? Mine look terrible and I'd love to do something like that, but not sure where to start :)
       
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      I took the wheel off, used a wire brush on a drill to get most of the corrosion and rust off.

      Used Dremel Tool wire brush for the tight spots.

      Washed everything down with an engine cleaner, hosed it all off, let it dry.

      Masked off the parts that don't get paint and sprayed the rotor/caliper with heat/caliper paint.

      The better way of painting would be to remove the caliper, dunk it in a metal cleaning solution, and hand paint it with actual caliper paint kit as other have done on here.

      Then washed the wheel inside and out and waxed the entire wheel inside and out.
       
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    10. cwescapexlt4x4

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      Let's see the finished product with wheel on. That should last in the center for a long time... the rotor surface, maybe not ;) LOL
      Knew he had your attention at Chick-Fil-A
       
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      First off, what you did looks fantastic.

      I'm going to do what you suggested. When I do the wife's calipers in orange I'm going to order two kits of orange and two of black. One orange and one black for each of our vehicles. Then I'll paint the hubs of both vehicles black and do her calipers orange. Going to redo mine, too. Nothing wrong with them, the paint is still going strong. It was about 10 degrees outside when I did it and about 54 in the pole barn (with heaters running) and I didn't feel like removing the calipers (nor did I have the time) so the very back side didn't get painted properly. Only way you notice is if you put it on a lift to change the oil, rotate the tires, etc. It always bugged me, but wasn't a priority until the last oil change when the guy changing my oil teased me about it. haha
       
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      Finally got around to ordering some overlays from the place @CarsAndCaffeine suggested (from Pro Stickers, www.emblemoverlays.com.) Got them in black with burnt orange lettering (without the 'ring.') Haven't received a confirmation on when they'll be here yet, though. The vinyl is supposed to last for six years, hopefully longer since mine is garaged (pole barned, haha) most of the time. I'll probably end up wrapping the chrome around the ovals prior to putting on the overlays.

      Yet another step in talking Mrs. Squirrel into letting me pull them off and paint them. :)
       
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      Ya that's the same as me, I never removed the calipers so a little bit of the back of caliper gets missed.

      Plus if you remove them I'm sure the initial cleaning is much more thorough as well.

      Nothing beats those kits the other members on here have used after they hand paint them they look very nice.
       
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      So this is happening right now at Midwest Vinyl & Tint.
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      ModKing is back!
       
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      LOL. Trying to get to this look by Russia AutoWorks.
       
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      Are you keeping the wood trim exposed "as-is" or will that we wrapped as well? Can't wait to see it
       
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      I kept the wood for now. The pictures don't do this justice. I'm thinking about going satin black or color to match the rest of the dash with the wood. Thoughts?

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      Looks great!! That gives it a much "sportier" look I think. From the pictures its hard to tell how the wood matches with the rest now but personally I like the idea of color matching the trim color that is around the tweeters and air vents. Either way the custom look is awesome
       
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      I've never been a fan of faux wood. Wrap it!
       
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      Just now have to find the right color.
      I originally wanted to buy the sport, but when they showed me the platinum I couldn't pass up the price they gave me especially with all the perks. But now I think I've spend twice the difference in modifying my car to look like a sport. The irony... :p

      I'm going to take better photos of it without all the light. It's more of a red-brushed color. It looks more copper whenever I take the photos. The good thing is it's not permanent. I could easily remove it and re-do it another color. I was thinking of the carbon black look but everyone does that.
       
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      No "faux" wood in the Platinum. It's the real stuff.
       
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      Maybe a brushed aluminum?

      That might be worse, because it makes it more expensive, and accomplishes the same...nothing.
       
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      It looks great. Love it. I think it gives the interior a warmer more luxurious appearance IMO. :)
      But then everyone has their own opinion.
       
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      First off, yes, Alfred is filthy. He'll get a bath later today (likely, at least. Unless the Bears game goes really badly, haha.) Anyway, got the overlays installed. They're not perfect. I probably should have done them this morning versus last evening, but having said that unless you're standing right on top of them looking for the imperfections most won't notice them. Still have a few small air bubbles to work out. Got most of them. Will give it a week or two of being out in the air and sunlight and then go back and finish them off. At any rate the whole point of this is most likely temporary, anyway. If the wife eventually gives her blessing I'll order replacements, paint them up, and replace these.

      I really like the orange and black (goes with the calipers, haha), but just told the wife if/when I eventually paint them I'll probably go with black lettering and magnetic metallic over the blue. It will blend in well that way. The orange is actually a lot more noticeable than I thought it would be (again, not necessarily a bad thing.) Of course the calipers were a 'shock' to me when I finished them, too, and now I love them. :)

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      I wish they had the platinum trim in '15, I love that interior.

      But I actually like the color myself, just not sure what would be a good accent to it instead of wood
       

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