Aug 8, 2005 update to the Subaru Impeza project car

It’s one color, sort of.

We painted the Impreza on Saturday and while we realize that A) this is a car that’s going to get thrown into all sorts of muck and most likely rolled up into a little ball of tinfoil and B) we are doing this on a budget, we weren’t really happy about how the Nason acrylic machinery enamel worked out on a large machine. It was great for little parts and it doesn’t require mixing with a isocyanate catalyst, but it also dries too quickly, even with overthinning with medium-dry reducer.

The underside of the hood and the inner portions of the fenders were painted first and this was followed by the wing and the grille, which were painted off of the car. From there, we progressed to the exterior, blending down the sides. The paint was also quite a bit darker and bluer than the original Aegian blue.

Anyway, it’s all one color and we’re looking at some graphics options that use lots of vinyl. lots.

Meanwhile, we picked up a 17 mm rear anti-rollbar and a set of 2004 WRX springs for our project. These set us back $75 from a local racer. The front WRX springs will fit and will raise the car a little, while the rear bar will be a decent improvement over the stock 13mm bar, without making the car too twitchy on gravel.

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