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Old 06-29-2011, 12:42 PM   #1
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Are your wiper arms shiny? They weren't when your car rolled off of the assembly line. Here an easy DIY to put some new paint on them and also do the side windshield mouldings and under-hood cowling at the same time if necessary. I painted all three in this DIY.

First, remove the wiper blades (kill the key with the arms raised for easiest removal). Then proceed as follows:

Mask everything off with painters tape and newspaper. Raise the hood and put half the paper under the back of the hood and then close the hood. Tape any sagging areas.


Cracked paint on ps moulding. I didn't sand anything.


Shiny wiper and soon-to-be rusting cowling.


Ready to paint. I cover most of the car w/ sheets to avoid overspray.


I know it's not "Acura" paint, but it works fine.


First coat


I had to drive it looking through the hole in the paper-rain was threatening.


Fan to speed drying time.


Remove tape and paper carefully after fully drying. This is PS moulding.


Re-install wiper arms. This is ps wiper arm and cowling.


DS wiper arm.


DS moulding.


Finished product. Took me about 1 and 1/2 hours to mask and paint the first coat (taking my time) and then I waited about 2-3 hours before applying the second coat. Best to start early in the morning when the wind is less than later in the day. Take your time and your results should be worth the effort. This is an area that's overlooked by a lot of guys and it's just a small detail, but that's why they call it "detailing".

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Old 06-29-2011, 01:46 PM   #2
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OOO man i need to do this so bad. Ive been thinking about it for awhile now.
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Sweet! Good DIY. I just did this in my Accord today. Definitely a thing that alot of people overlook.
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Simple way to make your car look a lot better but action, you definitely did it he hard way. I just put tape on the windshield to mark where the wipes sat and unbolted them.
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Simple way to make your car look a lot better but action, you definitely did it he hard way. I just put tape on the windshield to mark where the wipes sat and unbolted them.
He also did the trimming on the sides of windshield. Thats probably why he just left the wipers on.
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Nice Alan. good job, looks good. I pulled the wipers off and pulled the cowl and painted them off the car. Im such an anal perfectionist. i also painted the moulding on the window. Your way, im sure is faster.
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Nice I haven't really thought of leaving them on to paint them. It's probably much easier to leave them in place instead of removing and reinstalling the wipers. The paint on my passenger side wiper arm faded so it's now half silver/half black and I've been meaning to repaint them. Maybe I'll do that this weekend.
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Very nice Alan! I did my wiper arms last summer, based on what Ken (CaptainSlow) did. I just noticed that the same faded paint/exposed metal is going on along the sides of the windshield too. I'll have to do this this weekend! Glad to finally have good weather to do these projects!
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OOO man i need to do this so bad. Ive been thinking about it for awhile now.
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Yeah, it makes a big difference. You'll notice the improvement every time you walk up to your car.

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Sweet! Good DIY. I just did this in my Accord today. Definitely a thing that alot of people overlook.
Nice (even on an Accord).

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Simple way to make your car look a lot better but action, you definitely did it he hard way. I just put tape on the windshield to mark where the wipes sat and unbolted them.
Yes, Ken, if I just did the wiper arms, that would be easier.

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He also did the trimming on the sides of windshield. Thats probably why he just left the wipers on.
It's a pain to pull the windshield mouldings. Much easier to paint in place.

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Nice Alan. good job, looks good. I pulled the wipers off and pulled the cowl and painted them off the car. Im such an anal perfectionist. i also painted the moulding on the window. Your way, im sure is faster.
Those two pieces would be o.k. to pull off, but not the mouldings.

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Nice . The paint on my passenger side wiper arm faded so it's now half silver/half black and I've been meaning to repaint them. Maybe I'll do that this weekend.
Good weather project for a weekend.

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Very nice Alan! I did my wiper arms last summer, based on what Ken (CaptainSlow) did. I just noticed that the same faded paint/exposed metal is going on along the sides of the windshield too.
Check out the cowling also. That piece rusts out really easy and then leaks into the interior of the car.
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Great job Alan.

As you noted recently, I need to do my cowl. I've done the other pieces but in a different way. Funny how the inside of the molding on the windshield will show "white" after many miles on the road.

Non OEM Acura paint might cost you some rep points with me.

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