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Hey All,

As a newbie to the forum, I am going to have a go at posting what pictures of my much loved FN2. After driving and modifying a 1.2 clio for years (I know, I know modding a 1.2?!, I was young and wanted to learn how to do stuff to a car whilst in uni so proceeded to blow my student loan on induction kits, exhausts and sound systems :facepalm:)

After completing uni and getting a proper job, I made the leap and bought a proper car with some horses behind it. When I bought her about two years ago and she was pretty much standard, the only addition I added straight away was a clifford alarm because I play Ice Hockey and often have to park outside dodgy looking ice rink car parks at the weekends.



I vowed that for the first year I wouldn't do any modifications....this lasted all of about two weeks when I fitted a K&N panel filter, bought some Type R quarter panel stickers and a Type R kits rear wing.



Then I moved onto the wheels, they were not that badly damaged when I bought them but I always felt that they would look better in gun metal grey, however I just couldn't be bothered with the effort of finding some steelies to use whilst they were sent for powder coating, and as I use the p-unit as my daily car I couldn't afford to lose the use of her for any length of time. So this remained a kind of pipe dream until I could hunt down some steelies, until I met a mate that talked to me about Plastidip. Now, I know that this is not everyone's cup of tea but it seemed like a pretty cheap and easy way to mod the wheels with the added bonus of being able to remove it should you ever need/want to.

I found a guy based near me from Midlands Car Dip and he painted my wheels, handles and petrol cap gun metal grey and the finish was awesome. I also removed the Type R quarter panel stickers as they started to fade really badly, I guess this is the price you pay for buying cheap ones from eBay.





I also fitted an HKS RSK induction kit which sounds amazing and makes travelling to away games a lot more pleasurable.

With regards to future mods, I have already had the p-unit completely re-sprayed (with a difference) to remove the 4 million stone chips that I have gained as a result of pretty much living on the motorway. I will post some pics when I have finished tidying up the trim and when the weather permits.

Mugen rear bumper, double din head unit & lowering springs that ABP sell are all on the wishlist, however my GF and I have just purchased our first house together so I am currently going to have to save the overtime pennies or these.

My car is no where near the high standards that have been set up some of you guys so please go easy on me haha

Panda
 

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nice car mate, a mugen rear splitter would really help set off the wing
 

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Thanks for the feedback guys.

Voodoo-Nachoman, yeah I have been looking at the rear wing for a while that at lowering her a little would really finish her off nicely I reckon
 

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Voodoo-Nachoman, yeah I have been looking at the rear wing for a while that at lowering her a little would really finish her off nicely I reckon
15 mm drop with some 15mm spacers front, and 20mm back would give it a nice stance. imo the rear lower standard splitter on the fn2 is really ugly, in time i would like a gp/mugen rear as they look so much better. but i have just bought a new "sound system", and big cosmetic parts are at the bottom of my list.

did you have a matt finish with the plastidip on your alloys or was a glossifier used? I have some cans of matt black finish plastidip that i was going to spray my alloys with but lost my locking nut after painting the brake callipers, and im not sure how a matt finish would look.
 

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Voodoo-Nachoman I went for a mat finish as I really liked the 'flat' look to them. Excuse the poor mobile photo but this is a photo taken a couple of days after I had them dipped and stuck the Honda badges on the centre caps.



I got these dipped at Midlands Car Dip check out their Facebook page for examples of their work. You will see that the gossifier does add a form of shine to the cars but it doesn't really give a completely lacquered look and personally I think the colour is better in matte.

(https://www.facebook.com/midlandscar.dip?fref=ts)

I had the whole car dipped on Friday by these guys and the finish is awesome, just waiting for some better weather so that I can get out and take some proper pics that will do the awesome work some justice.
 

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So as promised earlier, here are some progress pics taken on my mobile whilst the p-unit was getting plasti-dipped on Friday.

Thanks to Andy at Midlands Car dip https://www.facebook.com/midlandscar.dip?fref=ts for allowing me to take some photos.

I know plasti dip is like marmite in the motoring world, but I wanted a form of paint protection after repairing the million stone chips that I had on the front and sides of the car. I love the finished article and going for matte red has really set the car off.

Stage 1: Masking



(I removed the top part of my spoiler because I wanted that to remain black)



Stage 2: Applying the Plasti-Dip

Colour Test


Coat 1


Coat 8




Stage 3: De-masking & The Reveal





Am well chuffed with the finish, hoping the weather is better tomorrow so that I can stick my Civinfo sticker and Mugen decals on and then will post some better pics using my GFs SLR :D
 

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:coolpics: well done Panda, top work

you lasted 2 weeks before modding!

Looking forward to future updates.
Haha yeah a whole two weeks...my friends still rip me for that now as I banged on about keeping her standard when I first bought her...My girlfriend still hates the fact that we could have gone on holiday for the price of the spoiler once painted (I haven't told her how much the HKS RSK cost haha)
 

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That look really good mate the colour will definitely stand out and make yours that bit more unique. Would you mind pm'ing me how much it cost please?
 

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With the weather being pretty awesome yesterday I finally managed to get outside and give my car a good clean post dip. Below are some better shots of the p-unit after her latest mod.









I also have finally managed to connect my mega old iPod to OE head using a lead that converts the iPod connect to an aux (eBay special but it works)

 
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