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E-Spec Mirror Prep and Paint

December 18, 2023 by Matt

Finally got my E-spec mirrors prepped and painted. These are the ones I traded my A-spec taillights for to a gentleman in Poland.

The A-specs were in good shape:

…but I like the 2-piece design of the E-specs, and think they look more premium as well.

I started by de-pinning the connectors and taking them apart:

Then I wet-sanded them with increasingly finer grit sandpaper (250, 500, 1000 then 1800):

Masked off:

Primed and wet-sanded again:

I then gave them several topcoats of high-gloss plastic paint:

I had trouble getting the paint to adhere, since the garage was so cold, so there was more wet-sanding between coats, and I eventually had to bring them inside the basement to warm up whilst drying.

I then matched up the wire colors to get the power mirror functionality working:

And installed them on the car:

The finish isn’t fantastic, but you can’t really tell unless you’re looking for it, and I’m hoping a few rounds of polish and wax will help smooth out the orange peel.

In any case, I think they subtly elevate the car’s look:

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