Fresh pics. It's been over a year since the dip has been on and still holding up well! There are small holes from road debris but that's why I dipped it
Planning to uncover the side mirror turn signals and spray on a rear diffuser by the next update!
Updates on the tC
I drove to the shoreline of California to say the car has successfully gone coast to coast! Enjoyed a nice road trip from Pheonix to San Diego, nearly 850 miles around. Much needed new tires & alignment were installed the week before as well as an intake filter replacement. The car really performed well for those long highway hours, I'm glad it was tuned up for the ride.
Long overdue..also replaced the cabin filter for cleaner air
Dunes of Yuma
Car camping with plenty of room for gear in the hatch
La Jolla Beach, CA
Super proud moment a few months back; I was cruising down the highway beside a matte gold Nissan GTR and the driver gave me a thumbs up out the window
tC is holding up well. I replaced the HID headlights with standard halogens since a bulb burned out- after 7 years of use! Happy to have the old bulbs back in and the headlights more “normal” at night. The PIAA plasma yellow fog lights still add some extra color. Also replaced the shifter LED back to original halogen bulb. Driving down the highway last week I ran over some tire shreds that pushed in my lower grille, breaking the zip ties. Gonna have to remove the bumper and reattach it soon. Thankfully the 'dip has been preventing road rash.
I did some arts ’n crafts and Plastidipped black trim onto the bumper. Pics of the finished product will come after a good wash. The dip is fading on the front and rear so I'm planning to toy around with the look before peeling it all this summer. Thinking of painting the front fascia and side mirrors.
Time for an update !
I have started removing the Plastidip piece by piece. The paint under the 'dip looks just as good as the day it was covered. Looking back on the process, I wish I sprayed another gallon to make the peeling easier- thin dip doesn’t peel so googone will be necessary :hammer:
Here’s a video of revving the engine for the archives. Filmed it way out in the desert along some nice curvy roads. It was great downshifting into turns, accelerating, and rocketing out the bend to the next - https://youtu.be/LY9QcnzgE-Q
I found a Scion hubcap near the driveway of my apartment and Dremeled off the excess plastic to leave me with a nice Scion "coin"; seen here with a couple catalogs from '08.
Misc. changes: the cabin dome light was replaced with a UV blacklight LED, cabin air filter replaced earlier this fall too. The TBL vinyl is super sun damaged and appears to have shrunk- will be replacing it soon.
Going to be taking pics of the color change process as I go. Looking forward to having the nautical blue metallic back!
I wanted to be methodical and try out a few different looks as I removed the Plastidip.
Started with the top rail
Continued on to a two-tone look with the whole rail back to blue. I liked this style but the rips in the dip were uneven.
Progressed onto ripping along the latitude of the car. This was satisfying to pick at and a good stress reducer like popping packaging bubbles.
Most rips came off very easily. Still some difficult areas from overspray on the edges but all the panels peel smoothly. I continued onto the hood to make the dip look like flames and ripping from the SPEED.
Whole process has been over the course of 6 months. I’m planning to remove the rest and detail the paint soon.
Currently the odometer is at 99,000 miles; 100k here we come!
Since having ample time during my transition from grad school to career I volunteered helping a friend around his auto detailing business. We worked together most weekdays in the peak of summer in south Phoenix without air-conditioning. As a token of appreciation he gifted me with the top level detail that only the owner’s car gets We completed washing, compounding, cutting, polishing, and topped it off with a ceramic coat to protect it from the elements. The car surpassed 100,000 miles recently and this restoration made for the perfect milestone marker.
The color of the car in the sun is like blueberry gloss. It’s nearly a mirror finish and deep in color; I am truly grateful for the time & skills invested.
Next post will be the process it took to achieve such greatness ~