Thank you so much for your expertise! I will not waste my time. I'll spending it on making the parts that everyone can see look pretty!:curtsey:You CAN NOT paint aluminum with ANYTHING that will stick for any length of time. To have it colorized, with durability, it would have to be commercially anodized, electrostatically painted, painted and baked, or powder coated. And don't believe any one or any site that suggests primers that will make ANY KIND of paint stick, it won't. Promise. (40 years experience in the business.). Don't waste your money or time.
Good choice! It would be different if you were showing the car, which might warrant the expense of having it done professionally, but as a daily driver, no way...I will not waste my time. I'll spending it on making the parts that everyone can see look pretty!:curtsey:
I just ordered my deluxe skid plate from Diesel Geek. Should I coat it with anything before installing since I live in the Midwest (Chicago). Will it rust eventually? Anyone know? Thanks.
I haven't seen their product, so I don't know whether it is mill finish aluminim, has been "alodined" (the equivalent to priming for steel, although almost unnoticeable (a yellowish hue), or is anodized. Both processes done in a dip tank with electrolysis (sort of), which seals the surface. If it is simply mill finish, it will, with time oxidize, with a chalky whitish patina, including piting, much like the old cheap aluminum residential windows did, before the days of factory painting them.I recently got a skid plate from Diesel Geeks for my daughter's New Beetle. It's all aluminum and you will not have a problem with rust. If it were steel, I could see the logic of painting it. I would not coat it with anything.
Swap the provided fasteners for quality stainless ones and rust won't be an issue, just don't overtighten them, stainless is much more brittle than steel and will shear much more easily.just make sure you put something on the bolts so they don't rust. You want to be able to take it off when needed.
People that have these can only say so much. Yes they're a little pricey, but are well worth way more than they ask.Scratch my comment about swapping out bolts...
Glad to know they come with s/s bolts, the only thing that made any sense anyway for the fastening. Maybe a good indicator of a quality product.
You need a new powdercoater guy. I had my intake and front engine timing cover that has the oil pump in it done in a similar color as fresh aluminum for less than 80 bucks.Powder coating. As I said in my first post. But not a cheap proposition. I have a powder coater as a regular vendor, and a "friendly price" to do (4) calipers was $400+, with a standard, stocked color. Labor intensive for calipers.M.
Yup. You just have to take it off to do your oil changes, unlike the diesels that have the oil filter on the top, the gassers can only access them from the bottom.Silly question here, but My 1.8t doesnt have any of the plastics underneath anymore. Does DieselGeek make one for my bug or is it for Diesels only? Yes I am being lazy, guess I could just google it, but I like the chit chat with all of you!!
MK4 Jetta Golf New Beetle GTI R32 skid plateSilly question here, but My 1.8t doesnt have any of the plastics underneath anymore. Does DieselGeek make one for my bug or is it for Diesels only? Yes I am being lazy, guess I could just google it, but I like the chit chat with all of you!!
Yep still have the sides. I just wanted to get something to block some wind noise and water. I will definitely be getting that hybrid pan. Not a lot of clearance, that pan sits mighty close to the ground.MK4 Jetta Golf New Beetle GTI R32 skid plate
It fits Gassers as well as Diesel cars. No difference. Except it may be a pain taking it off every time you have to change your oil and it is almost 300 bucks. So they tore off your plastic skid plate as well? Hmm, that car gets more suspicious every day. You can always get a new plastic one for about 34 bucks: Volkswagen New Beetle 1.8T > Search > Belly Pan > ES#6188 Belly Pan - 1J0825237R
Much easier to mess with in my opinion. If you are worried about your oil pan I would invest in a Hybrid Oil pan with Steel bottom. It is a lot more durable than the Full aluminum one and only costs about 80 some bucks. I still have my original plastic belly pan and even after all these years it still looks pretty good and my Original Aluminum Oil pan is still in one piece Do you at least still have the side covers where the plastic pan attaches to?