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  1. 2014 M3 Soul red color difference

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    Hello everyone! Some parts of my car were recently painted in Mazda collision center, they have painted the front and rear bumpers, also the hood. But when looking at it, I can see a slight difference. I know the color has a code in Mazda agency, so there is no way it can be wrong (they say)...
  2. Painting the Brake Calipers

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Wheels and Tires
    I have decided its time to paint my caliper’s. My car is Titanium Flash, and I have the stock colored bright silver rims as shown in the attached picture. I can’t decide what color to paint them though. I did a quick search and didn’t really find the kind of info I was looking for so why not...
  3. Thoughts on painting OEM wheels

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    Hello guys, so currently I have my wheels plasti dipped, but man they are a pain in the ass keeping them clean. I've had them for about 7 months and break dust make them look so shty even though I wash my car every other 5-7 days or so. I am a college student so I am really on a budget to buy...
  4. Replacing and Painting Dented 2014 LEFT Fender Piece

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    Hi I'm new here and so MAD... Someone kicked my 2014 Mazda 3 Hatchback (White) left fender and bent it pretty badly. I would like to know what my options are. I'm thinking just replacing will do but I'm really worried about the paint quality, that it will fade out before other areas. I found...
  5. painting the stock OEM wheels

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Wheels and Tires
    I have a deep crystal blue 3 hatch, and I've been thinking lately that the stock wheels might look good done up in a gold/bronze tone. I know the BRZ/GT86/FRS crowd has had good success with spraying the OEM wheels bronze. What do you guys think of spraying the standard factory wheels?
  6. Painting Chrome "V"

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    I'm looking to black out the chrome V on the front nose. Was looking around and can't find any guides to removing it properly. its a 2015 SP25GT. has anyone done this? or know where I can find a guide? Thanks!
  7. Painting Over Carbon Fiber Finish...

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    It is possible to paint over Carbon Fiber finish? I called Maaco (paint shop), they said they won't do it because they can't warranty it. He said something about bubbling ...and it can't be painted over.... Anyone here painted something over carbon fiber finish?
  8. Painting plastic foglight inserts

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    I haven't seen anybody post anything about painting the ugly black plastic around the fogs. Has anyone done this yet? I think it would look a lot better with a glossy black to blend in better with the paint. It's the only part of the front end that is ugly in my opinion. Anyone have...
  9. DIY: Amber Painting and Nite-Shades Painting

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv How-To Guides
    Greetings sir! Here is my first ever DIY project on my Mazda 3. Just want to share for you DIY enthusiasts like me. Geronimo! Materials used: a. VHT Nite-Shade Red Amber b. Bosny Yamaha Orange c. Clear gloss (optional) d. Masking tapes (half inched and 1/4 inched thick) e. Paper f. Car Wax...
  10. Painting brake calipers

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    I've seen people painting brake calipers while the car is lifted up. I was thinking of lifting the car up, taking off the brake caliper (only the outside one required for painting), and bringing that inside my house for painting. How hard would this be? Are removing brake calipers hard? I...
  11. Painting Rear wheel well?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    Just curious if anyone has tried painting the Felt/Cloth portion of the rear wheel wells? I was thinking of spray painting it with a flat black or maybe even using Flex-seal... Thoughts?
  12. Painting front emblem...

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    So tomorrow while the front bumper is on the ground for the horn install, I'm going to pull off the front Mazda emblem and paint it black. What color should I do the rest around it? Attaching two pics from another post. Before and after. I would color match my car but I don't think graphite mica...
  13. Painting wheels?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Wheels and Tires
    Thinking about powder coating the oem 18" wheels on the MZ3sGT in lieu of purchasing the dark alloys from Mazda or some other alternatives. Has any1 ever power coated their wheels? How much for each wheel should I be budgeting for? Longevity?
  14. Buying Mazda 3 Side Skirt + Painting

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    I was going to buy a side skirt off of Ebay and paint it using the aerosol spray. Please look at the links below for both products. Has anyone ever done something like this and would you recommend doing so? If I do proceed with this, what is the best way to make sure it comes out good? 1...
  15. Painting front grill - mask or remove?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    Hi folks! This is my first post on the forum. Thanks to this awesome community, I haven't had to post any questions so far, however, I would like to get some feedback on this one. I am looking to paint the front grill on my '14 iGT. I would prefer to remove the grill vs. masking off everything...
  16. Hydro Coating / Water Transfer Painting

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    Anyone here tried this on any of their parts? It looks intriguing as hell. I'd love to do some carbon fiber-look interior bits, or even wheels in a dark carbon look. Wondering how expensive it is and how well it holds up.
  17. Painting steering wheel emblem

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    Has anyone painted their steering wheel emblem? Sometimes it catches glare from the sun, and it gets irritating. The other options I was thinking of was plastidip and vinyl.
  18. Painting Caliper

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    Hey Everyone i am looking to paint my calipers red. I appreciate any advice on how to do this the proper way. Which is better. Spray Caliper Paint in a can or should i apply it with a paint brush? Anyone that has done this, i love pics!!
  19. painting headlights...need instructions

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Appearance & Interior
    Hey guys, i really want to do this to my 2011 3i. this video shows how to do it but it doesn't have clear instructions. i am pretty good opening stuff, putting back together but this is confusing. i don't understand the baking, wrapping (what wrap it is), etc in this vid. if anyone here is...
  20. Painting Rims (not plastidip)

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Wheels and Tires
    I was wanting to know if anybody had painted there rims , and had advice on the best product. I was looking at painting my stockers gloss black to get a bit closer to the blacked out look. I love plastidip but I'm wanting to make this a permanent mod. Any advice will be much appreciated Thanks...
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