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The customization at the body shop is finally finished. Here is the rear of the car. Other than window tinting, being done tomorrow, nothing else will be done on this end. The rear lower under skirt/diffuser, is, to the best of my knowledge, the only one in U.S. with this Soul Red horizontal trip piece (that is an OEM accessory in Japan, but only available here in silver or solid black).


@Road Trip

Damn....that's all that needs to be said...
 

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Thank you all and more than half the mods left to be done, starting with this picture of the front end (which definitely has one awaiting major visual mod -- hopefully next week).

I like the painted fog light light bezels, a small but nice touch. As is obvious, the Appearance Package's front air dam/splitter has its "blades" painted the same Soul Red as is a Japan accessory option (but we only get black or silver blades here). Thanks to my excellent body shop's painter, was able to create that, to me, special look. And the car now has the "invisible" SunTek clear bra paint protection -- with all of its edges underneath wrapped.
 

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Wait till you see the face of your sales person when you go back to get your license plates... LOL GAHDAMN is all I have to say... It looks beautiful now, cant wait to see how "Tiger" will look like pretty soon!!!
 

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I really like the way your car's coming along, we have similar taste in mods :D You planning on doing anything to the chrome up front? I say black chrome it :D
 

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I wish it would be black chrome. You guessed it, that that is the upcoming front mod I mentioned above that I still need to do.

However, I do not know about the skill level of "wrap specialists" where I live, for already one tried and failed, a second and then a third one said they could not do it. On the positive side, I have an appointment with a person next Thursday who has done this for decades, done window tinting for 30 years. He says he can and will do it only if I use one of his available "brand-products" he has experience with. And the closest I can come in his product line is "gloss black." Hence it will be that. He is not guaranteeing that he can do it, but we have agreed that if he fails, the wrinkled product and his labor are free.

If he fails, I might well resort to pulling off the front fascia, unscrewing the chrome grille pieces from the back side and getting them painted, for I truly want the chrome grille trim piece to become extinct. (Not going to do Plastidip.)
 

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I love the Evil M. How does it fit on a non flat surface?
The surface, on a hatch, only has a very gentle curve to it. The Evil M fit fine after gently warming it up some, something I indirectly learned from another member who put a ruler underneath its center, weighted down its two sides, and if I remember it correctly, let it stay that way overnight to get the final right, gentle curve to it.

I was not initially happy with the "glossy" black plastic one I bought on eBay, thought it looked cheap. Therefore after it was lightly sanded, it too went into the painting booth for a layer of Mazda's Jet Black (41W).
 

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The surface, on a hatch, only has a very gentle curve to it. The Evil M fit fine after gently warming it up some, something I indirectly learned from another member who put a ruler underneath its center, weighted down its two sides, and if I remember it correctly, let it stay that way overnight to get the final right, gentle curve to it.

I was not initially happy with the "glossy" black plastic one I bought on eBay, thought it looked cheap. Therefore after it was lightly sanded, it too went into the painting booth for a layer of Mazda's Jet Black (41V).
Thanks for explaining that. Did yours come with black double sided tape? Because I saw some on fleabay that have white tape and I've had experience with that before looking pretty bad from an angled view when I had a black badge fitted to another red car.
 

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I wish it would be black chrome. You guessed it, that that is the upcoming front mod I mentioned above that I still need to do.

However, I do not know about the skill level of "wrap specialists" where I live, for already one tried and failed, a second and then a third one said they could not do it. On the positive side, I have an appointment with a person next Thursday who has done this for decades, done window tinting for 30 years. He says he can and will do it only if I use one of his available "brand-products" he has experience with. And the closest I can come in his product line is "gloss black." Hence it will be that. He is not guaranteeing that he can do it, but we have agreed that if he fails, the wrinkled product and his labor are free.

If he fails, I might well resort to pulling off the front fascia, unscrewing the chrome grille pieces from the back side and getting them painted, for I truly want the chrome grille trim piece to become extinct. (Not going to do Plastidip.)
Seriously, I wish car manufacturers would tone it down with the chrome lol But apparently more chrome equals more high end. The shop that wrapped my grill did it in two piece since the black chrome vinyl is very hard to work with, they're much thicker and less stretchy than normal gloss black vinyl. If the shops can't wrap it, you can always paint it.

My grill is wrapped in black chrome. I used tamiya smoked polycarbonate spray paint on the emblem and fog trim and they turned out better than the wrap. Good easy weekend project.



I honestly think smoked/black chrome will look very nice on your car, especially with what you've already done. Gloss black or that jet black would look good too. Don't plasti dip :D
 

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I wish it would be black chrome. You guessed it, that that is the upcoming front mod I mentioned above that I still need to do.

However, I do not know about the skill level of "wrap specialists" where I live, for already one tried and failed, a second and then a third one said they could not do it. On the positive side, I have an appointment with a person next Thursday who has done this for decades, done window tinting for 30 years. He says he can and will do it only if I use one of his available "brand-products" he has experience with. And the closest I can come in his product line is "gloss black." Hence it will be that. He is not guaranteeing that he can do it, but we have agreed that if he fails, the wrinkled product and his labor are free.

If he fails, I might well resort to pulling off the front fascia, unscrewing the chrome grille pieces from the back side and getting them painted, for I truly want the chrome grille trim piece to become extinct. (Not going to do Plastidip.)
The grille isn't hard to take a part and put back together. I took my bumper off in a half hour taking my time and super easy to remove the silver grille to paint. I did plastidip mine, but took it fully apart cuz I don't like the uneven lines plastidip leaves when its not clean cut....
 

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The Appearance Package's "black door mirror caps" are now installed. Easy to do if one has the courage to reach in and "rip out" the door mirror glass from their retaining clips. More details on some model year compatibility issues in the OP. A low cost mod at less than $100 for both. And if someone were to want to paint them another color (they only come Jet Black Mica, 41W), nice way to really change the appearance of your car as an "accent piece."
 

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Window tint installed: Went with Llumar (because the previous window tinter installing another brand, who made three appointments with me, flaked out on all of them). Llumar installer did an outstanding job. 35 VLT tested, with certificate. Plenty dark due to dark interior. [Was another car parked next to it which had 20 VLT but as it had a very light tan interior, the 20 VLT only look a little darker from the outside.]

Happy with the quality and the "look."
 

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The surface, on a hatch, only has a very gentle curve to it. The Evil M fit fine after gently warming it up some, something I indirectly learned from another member who put a ruler underneath its center, weighted down its two sides, and if I remember it correctly, let it stay that way overnight to get the final right, gentle curve to it.
Look here: http://mazda3revolution.com/forums/608386-post22.html
 

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Thanks @BearlyHere, for you are/will be the "solution source" for many on this!
 

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Window tint installed: Went with Llumar (because the previous window tinter installing another brand, who made three appointments with me, flaked out on all of them). Llumar installer did an outstanding job. 35 VLT tested, with certificate. Plenty dark due to dark interior. [Was another car parked next to it which had 20 VLT but as it had a very light tan interior, the 20 VLT only look a little darker from the outside.]

Happy with the quality and the "look."

Llumar is good quality, I'm also planing to tint mine and also the tail lights along with the 3rd brake light and reflectors. Have to get rid of all red look on the back, cause mine is black. Tinting the tails will make them smokey and will look much better in my opinion.
 
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