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    Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

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    Thanks to a few threads on AZ, I was able to gather some good input on the brushed trim DIY. The main concern I had before attempting the DIY was the finish quality. In the pictures I saw it is hard to tell how the trim turns out in person. And as some of you know I am pretty meticulous when it comes to this stuff so I took my time on every piece and observed how the sanding lines were and didn't stop until it was perfect. I learned when sanding I had to start at one end of the trim and continue to the very opposite end of it to make the brushed appearance look uniform all the way through the piece of trim. I only used one grit for the entire project (220) and touched up some areas with 400 grit, then cleared with krylon acrylic clear coat (with out buffing). My clear finish is very smooth because I did many LIGHT, LIGHT coats.

    Here is the finished product.


    These two pieces took the most time to get right. I also went with an up and down look rather than an side to side look which took a little bit longer, but was much worth it.













    Sorry for the crummy pics. After xmas I'll have a dslr to get you some quality pics.
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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    how much and where did you get your steering wheel?

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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    I would believe it was OEM if you told me. Looks good Kyle.

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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    Looks really good. Did you have wood grain or black before this?
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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    nice job that looks flawless

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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    Quote Originally Posted by IVRINGS View Post
    Looks really good. Did you have wood grain or black before this?
    I sanded the fish scale aluminum trim down to a brushed look.
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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    Quote Originally Posted by vinny@dth View Post
    I would believe it was OEM if you told me. Looks good Kyle.
    thanks
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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    wow, I def need to change my piano black to this. Anyone wanna swap piano black trim for their fishscale? Looks great

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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    That looks incredible man! I may have to look into doing this.... my to-do list is getting really, really long
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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    BTW, I see you use the tape deck for your iPod I assume? If you pull out your ashtray you can tuck the line behind it and clean up the look a little, it helps keep that wire from just being all over the place
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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    looks very clean OEM LOOK, it looks great, im getting fishscale trim tommorow, i woudl like to try this but id be worried about all of the pieces not looking the same and there is no going back. good job

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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    Whoa, that was the fishscale? Amazing, no one will ever know.
    Take much effort to work it past the scales?
    Lots of people will be following suit I'm sure. Like me.
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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    Quote Originally Posted by lbs4 View Post
    looks very clean OEM LOOK, it looks great, im getting fishscale trim tommorow, i woudl like to try this but id be worried about all of the pieces not looking the same and there is no going back. good job
    If you keep the same grit on each piece it should all look the same. It just takes a little bit of focus keeping your streaks steady and straight. If your line gets a little crooked or you get a hairline scratch going against the grain then all you need to do is hit it with a few more streaks. There's really no messing up, it just takes time and patience. If you're gonna rush through it, don't expect it to look great. So basically, if you mess up just keep sanding...
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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    Quote Originally Posted by TwinTipSkier View Post
    Whoa, that was the fishscale? Amazing, no one will ever know.
    Take much effort to work it past the scales?
    Lots of people will be following suit I'm sure. Like me.
    Yup that was fishscale. There's basically only two steps on getting past the fish scale: Acetone the original clear coat off, the scale will then look shiny. Then sand the fish scale down. The acetone step is the hardest part imo, only because it takes the most elbow grease.

    Credit needs to be given to this man
    http://www.audizine.com/forum/showth...im+brushed+diy


    Here's what it originally looked like:





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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    wow, looks great man!
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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    Looks good Kyle. Where the hell you been btw, you never call...never write.

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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    Very nice, I'm impressd.

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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    Quote Originally Posted by gq9 View Post
    Looks good Kyle. Where the hell you been btw, you never call...never write.
    I've been around. Just working and finishing up finals.
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    Wow dude, that's looks awesome. I need to find a set of fishscale to try that with. Finally something would match my steering wheel. Terrific job.
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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    Thanks everyone for the kind words.
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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    you're very welcome ;) haha. awesome job tho man. looks better than mine. i'm sure you took a lil bit more time than i did..

    but yah, sweetness...

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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    nice man, hope my write-up helped you some.

    the man who posted directly above helped me muster up the courage to do mine.

    brushed aluminum is my favorite interior trim option for the a4/s4...i really love the way it looks when you go thru tunnels, hah.


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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    Quote Originally Posted by oildrpr View Post
    you're very welcome ;) haha. awesome job tho man. looks better than mine. i'm sure you took a lil bit more time than i did..

    but yah, sweetness...
    haha thanks a lot for that write up!!



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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    Nice job Kyle!
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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    Quote Originally Posted by maclem8223 View Post
    Nice job Kyle!
    Thanks man.

    Did you get your timing belt done?
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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    props dude! outstanding job!

    now, you REALLY need an RS4 shift knob ;)
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    That looks fuggin good.

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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    The before shots are like looking at my interior minus 6 or 7 years, haha.
    After the holiday season, I'm all over this in my car.
    +thread added to favorites.
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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    Very nice! I painted over my brushed aluminum trim to a gloss black color. That was when i had beige interior...so now that i am doing a black interior swap, I shall return to the brushed look, lol ..... it never ends

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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    Definitely top quality work!
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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    thanx alot alexza4... make me salivate even more. i already want that knob, but can't muster up the $$ to get it at this time.. i'll go wallow in my own pity now.. thx... lol

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    that looks VERY good
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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    Quote Originally Posted by alexza4 View Post
    props dude! outstanding job!

    now, you REALLY need an RS4 shift knob ;)
    You just had to remind me. I've had my eye on it and I think I'm going to pull the trigger on it to finish it off
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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    Quote Originally Posted by old guy View Post
    Definitely top quality work!

    Thank you
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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    That looks awesome, maybe I should consider doing something like that....its good and free !
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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    Looks great. What was the total time spent on this project?

    ps...you really need some RS4 pedals.

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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    that looks amazing!

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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    Quote Originally Posted by absolutegtr View Post
    Very nice! I painted over my brushed aluminum trim to a gloss black color. That was when i had beige interior...so now that i am doing a black interior swap, I shall return to the brushed look, lol ..... it never ends

    u got pics of that gloss black on the beige? is beige = platinum, or is it diff?

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    Re: Would You Like To Take A Look At My DIY Brushed Aluminum Trim?

    Nice!!! I'm still working on mine, I have a little twist up my sleeve... Here is my teaser shot.


    I still have a little cleaning up to do as well as wet sanding.

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