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    Painting S3 rear diffuser?

    Hey guys, just wondering whether anybody has painted/resprayed their rear diffuser on their S3..I'm not a particular big fan of that weird grey colour that it has at the moment. Would ideally of preferred something proper like OSIR diffuser that I have seen on someone's TTS on the forum however I can't seem to find any carbon fibre parts for the S3 which is a shame. Was thinking of just getting it painted black. Any thoughts/suggestions?? Thanks again.

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    What colour is your car?

    In my opinion, leave it as it is. It matches the grey in the front grill and lower part of the front bumper. You would have to consider changing them as well

    If you want to see what it would look like, take your rear bumper to a sign makers or vinyl wrapper and see what it looks like in gloss or matt black before making a decision to paint it - at least you can remove stickers as opposed to paint!

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    I've seen a white one driving around Manchester with a black diffuser, the black looks too harsh I think.

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    I am about to do exactly that,and get mine painted black.

    Would have liked to have seen it photoshopped but just thought i would bite the bullet

    So you have seen one Nath as you wasn't sure,i just thought it would look good
    with Lisa's having black optics and black mirrors
    A3,tdi sportback,remaped,custom turbo back zorst,green filter,19"speedlines,airlift ,xenons,votex side skirts & spoiler,smoothed sline front,s3 back bumper, s3 mirror's,red nappa,s3 vents,pedals, gearknob,fbmfsw,opensky and more. ow and an RS4

    For sale ....dolphin grey tdi 2006 front and back bumpers with grill,fogs etc,mirrors,sportback standard rear lights and mudflaps.
    All going cheap lol
    Also my mint 19 x 9 polished and red faced speedlines,with all good toyo t1rs,coming soon :o)

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    Guys, seriously.... get it vinyl wrapped first to see if you like it - there is no point in getting it painted for your then not to like it!

    Plus, if I was in the market for another S3 and saw the rear valence sprayed blacked I would be asking questions and be having second thoughts about buying the car.

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    I do see what your saying Boydie,but if your gonna vinyl wrap it
    you may as well just leave it wrapped.
    Matt Andrew painted the front silver part on his s3 and that looks good.

    Mine is not an s3 but i don't see why you would be suspicious if one is black

    Nath .......have you got a rear pic of yours that someone could photoshop as ours are
    the same colour
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    For sale ....dolphin grey tdi 2006 front and back bumpers with grill,fogs etc,mirrors,sportback standard rear lights and mudflaps.
    All going cheap lol
    Also my mint 19 x 9 polished and red faced speedlines,with all good toyo t1rs,coming soon :o)

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    Then just leave it vinyl wrapped - the best part of it is, if it gets marked or chipped, you just peel it off and do it again. You can also vary the colour to different shades of black from matt to gloss.

    I had my grill vinyl wrapped in my TDI and it lasted well over a year before having to take it off.

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    Cheers Boydie,does the vinyl wrap apply to the curves well,as the rear diffuser as quite a few lines in it (not explainesd very well)

    As the car is akoya and has no other silver bits,i don't know wether to have it all painted akoya and then wrap as you suggested the diffuser part.
    Atleast with Naths he already has silver mirrors and rails.......decisions decisions
    A3,tdi sportback,remaped,custom turbo back zorst,green filter,19"speedlines,airlift ,xenons,votex side skirts & spoiler,smoothed sline front,s3 back bumper, s3 mirror's,red nappa,s3 vents,pedals, gearknob,fbmfsw,opensky and more. ow and an RS4

    For sale ....dolphin grey tdi 2006 front and back bumpers with grill,fogs etc,mirrors,sportback standard rear lights and mudflaps.
    All going cheap lol
    Also my mint 19 x 9 polished and red faced speedlines,with all good toyo t1rs,coming soon :o)

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    Your a good man Jules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N8 View Post
    Your a good man Jules.
    What you saying mate,did you not like it black and what colour was the one you saw, when you look at the rear of the car you don't see
    loads of the diffuser,so i didn't think it would be much of an issue.

    You not got a rear pic you could photoshop
    A3,tdi sportback,remaped,custom turbo back zorst,green filter,19"speedlines,airlift ,xenons,votex side skirts & spoiler,smoothed sline front,s3 back bumper, s3 mirror's,red nappa,s3 vents,pedals, gearknob,fbmfsw,opensky and more. ow and an RS4

    For sale ....dolphin grey tdi 2006 front and back bumpers with grill,fogs etc,mirrors,sportback standard rear lights and mudflaps.
    All going cheap lol
    Also my mint 19 x 9 polished and red faced speedlines,with all good toyo t1rs,coming soon :o)

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    Not a clear pic I've afraid, I dunno, when I saw the White S3, with the black diffuser, I just wasn't feeling it man

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    Cheers for your honesty Nath,i think i'll do it then
    A3,tdi sportback,remaped,custom turbo back zorst,green filter,19"speedlines,airlift ,xenons,votex side skirts & spoiler,smoothed sline front,s3 back bumper, s3 mirror's,red nappa,s3 vents,pedals, gearknob,fbmfsw,opensky and more. ow and an RS4

    For sale ....dolphin grey tdi 2006 front and back bumpers with grill,fogs etc,mirrors,sportback standard rear lights and mudflaps.
    All going cheap lol
    Also my mint 19 x 9 polished and red faced speedlines,with all good toyo t1rs,coming soon :o)

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    Go for it Jules, nothing to loose

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    Im thinking of doing mine black to match the rest of the black bits (audi rings and lower front bumper), mine is Ibis,

    Heres a SB which has been done

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    i think you should go for it that picture of the sports back looks so much better

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattandrew View Post
    Im thinking of doing mine black to match the rest of the black bits (audi rings and lower front bumper), mine is Ibis,

    Heres a SB which has been done

    You and me Matt,all the way
    A3,tdi sportback,remaped,custom turbo back zorst,green filter,19"speedlines,airlift ,xenons,votex side skirts & spoiler,smoothed sline front,s3 back bumper, s3 mirror's,red nappa,s3 vents,pedals, gearknob,fbmfsw,opensky and more. ow and an RS4

    For sale ....dolphin grey tdi 2006 front and back bumpers with grill,fogs etc,mirrors,sportback standard rear lights and mudflaps.
    All going cheap lol
    Also my mint 19 x 9 polished and red faced speedlines,with all good toyo t1rs,coming soon :o)

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    Quote Originally Posted by evocos View Post
    You and me Matt,all the way
    Thats nice Jules

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    Well i'm a nice sorta guy ha ha

    I think i have decided,i will paint diffuser and leave the roof as it is,hopeing to sort
    bumper this week with Matt
    A3,tdi sportback,remaped,custom turbo back zorst,green filter,19"speedlines,airlift ,xenons,votex side skirts & spoiler,smoothed sline front,s3 back bumper, s3 mirror's,red nappa,s3 vents,pedals, gearknob,fbmfsw,opensky and more. ow and an RS4

    For sale ....dolphin grey tdi 2006 front and back bumpers with grill,fogs etc,mirrors,sportback standard rear lights and mudflaps.
    All going cheap lol
    Also my mint 19 x 9 polished and red faced speedlines,with all good toyo t1rs,coming soon :o)

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    Great news, you know I love progress Jules..

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    Well my car is black...and I have decided on painting my diffuser too 'I think' . I just find that standard grey horrible, not sure why but maybe because I don't see many diffusers in grey. Now the question is..gloss black or matt black...like I mentioned earlier would of preferred carbon but oh well! And regards to Boydie about vinyl wrap..if I'm being honest I have no idea of any wrappers or anything to do with the process so might have to leave that one out.

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    For carbon look vinyl wrapping see here: http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...d.php?t=144980

    I think looks quite good.
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    Some look good in that link Ron, others look cheap

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    What is the S3. Its a top of the range A3 with aluminium type mirror covers and silver front and rear splitters, and some more. Unless youve got a black S3 and want to go stealthy you will be changing what makes our motors stand out. l tip my hat to another S3 when l see it on the road, nice A3s for that matter as well, but if l see a *******ized motor l shake my head. But its not my motor, so if you see someone shaking their head then thats me. Dont get me wrong l thought about this as well but had sense drummed into me(thanks to those who did). Do your car a favour and dont do it, at the very least just get a nodding dog. l want one but the wife wont let me. See theres always someone that has another opinion that actually makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dc240969 View Post
    What is the S3. Its a top of the range A3 with aluminium type mirror covers and silver front and rear splitters, and some more. Unless youve got a black S3 and want to go stealthy you will be changing what makes our motors stand out. l tip my hat to another S3 when l see it on the road, nice A3s for that matter as well, but if l see a *******ized motor l shake my head. But its not my motor, so if you see someone shaking their head then thats me. Dont get me wrong l thought about this as well but had sense drummed into me(thanks to those who did). Do your car a favour and dont do it, at the very least just get a nodding dog. l want one but the wife wont let me. See theres always someone that has another opinion that actually makes sense.

    Well mine isn't going on a s3,and as i have black mirrors and black optics,and laminX lights,so imo will hopefully look good.
    I don't want my car to pretend to be something is isn't so good to change things slightly.
    But i do see where you are coming from and its a very good point
    A3,tdi sportback,remaped,custom turbo back zorst,green filter,19"speedlines,airlift ,xenons,votex side skirts & spoiler,smoothed sline front,s3 back bumper, s3 mirror's,red nappa,s3 vents,pedals, gearknob,fbmfsw,opensky and more. ow and an RS4

    For sale ....dolphin grey tdi 2006 front and back bumpers with grill,fogs etc,mirrors,sportback standard rear lights and mudflaps.
    All going cheap lol
    Also my mint 19 x 9 polished and red faced speedlines,with all good toyo t1rs,coming soon :o)

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    Jules isn't tryin to make his car something its not? He's tryin to upgrade the car to a standard he's happy with, he hasn't got an S3 badge in sight, so whats the problem?

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    N8, you need to get an S3 badge on yours fella!
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    I also want to change my diffuser. I want to wrap it first though and see if I like it.
    Can some1 please tell me how to take the rear diffuser off without taking off the whole rear bumper?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee_R View Post
    N8, you need to get an S3 badge on yours fella!
    Your funny man, people don't even know what model Audi mine is sometimes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tku View Post
    Well my car is black...and I have decided on painting my diffuser too 'I think' . I just find that standard grey horrible, not sure why but maybe because I don't see many diffusers in grey. Now the question is..gloss black or matt black...like I mentioned earlier would of preferred carbon but oh well! And regards to Boydie about vinyl wrap..if I'm being honest I have no idea of any wrappers or anything to do with the process so might have to leave that one out.
    Had both front and rear done in the same colour trim code as the insert (grill part) in the Optics grill. I also have gloss black T/D Pro 1.2 rims and gloss black mirrors. A balanced mixture of satin and gloss (gloss finish on surround of Optics grill) really suits it. I would like to put a pic up but can't get them off my phone.

    If I ever got tired of the satin black I can always get it put back to standard colour according to the bodyshop that did it.
    Red 07 S3, Full Milltek turbo back, Autotech pump, Dbilas Flowmaster Intake System, Revo Stage 2+, Spec Clutch (Stage 3) & SMFW, Team Dynamics Pro 1.2 (gloss black) gloss black mirrors, Optics grill and satin black front and rear valance. 13.8 quarter & 5.4 0-60 (GTI International '09 Revo Stage 1)

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    Anyone got any pics of this done in gloss black?

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    Not a great pic...but its all i have at the minute. Didnt take long to do and im happy with the result as i hated the oem grey.
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    one word............plastidip!!!!
    if you dont like it peel it off.

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    Looks tidy! Looking very similiar to the RS3 diffuser now

 

 

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