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I'm looking to buy a black painted front lower spoiler.
I have one on my car already, but its an unpainted black plastic one, with the rough finish.
I've looked online but haven't been able to find any USA sellers.
Am I just searching the wrong words?
I attached a picture of the exact one I'm looking for.
Would anyone be able to help me or tell me what I should be searching for?
Thanks!
 

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Have you tried searching LKQ websites? I try to keep my out out for Smart parts cars and I use the LKQ sites as a last resort.
 

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That is a standard part on the facelift 451s (2013? and later, I think) Front valance is a good search term. :)
Thank you! I'll give that a search. I have a 2013 Smart, and my side skirts are painted, and not that cheap plastic, but for some reason my front lip and back lower bumper is the black rough plastic. How much do front valances usually run for? Basically just I want to make sure I'm not getting ripped off. I'm guessing in the $100-$150 range?
 

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Forgive the dopey question but why don't you just paint the existing parts? The black gas caps on my '09 and '08 made me crazy until I went to AutoZone and bought some touch-up spray paint. Valance panels, rocker panels, gas cap--ahhh...now it looks like a finished car.
 

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Forgive the dopey question but why don't you just paint the existing parts? The black gas caps on my '09 and '08 made me crazy until I went to AutoZone and bought some touch-up spray paint. Valance panels, rocker panels, gas cap--ahhh...now it looks like a finished car.
Did the paint blend in with the car?
I read somewhere that because the valance and the body are two different textures,
that the paint won't blend with the car, and will easily chip.
Not sure how true that is, but thats why I ended up ruling that option out.
 

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That makes sense theoretically, but I've been pleased--and possibly lucky--with the results. My '09 (long since sold) was a weird bronzy-silver; I found a Ford color that matched perfectly. I used a Chrysler silver on my '08. Should have used the RADIANT SILVER instead of the SILVER FROST, but it's still pretty close. Every once in a while the sun hits it just right and I see the error of my ways.


What I've done is used rubbing alcohol to clean the heck out of the panel, use a plastic primer (Lowes), then build up the color coats (AutoZone). If it isn't shiny enough, apply a coat of gloss acrylic.


The difference in textures hasn't been problematic for me, but I've been turning black panels into colored ones. Black shouldn't be tough to match, white and silver are challenging, red is impossible.
 

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That makes sense theoretically, but I've been pleased--and possibly lucky--with the results. My '09 (long since sold) was a weird bronzy-silver; I found a Ford color that matched perfectly. I used a Chrysler silver on my '08. Should have used the RADIANT SILVER instead of the SILVER FROST, but it's still pretty close. Every once in a while the sun hits it just right and I see the error of my ways.


What I've done is used rubbing alcohol to clean the heck out of the panel, use a plastic primer (Lowes), then build up the color coats (AutoZone). If it isn't shiny enough, apply a coat of gloss acrylic.


The difference in textures hasn't been problematic for me, but I've been turning black panels into colored ones. Black shouldn't be tough to match, white and silver are challenging, red is impossible.
Oh hey, that looks great! Did you saw your lower valance (the part I wanted to replace) is what you painted?
Was it that black textured plastic as well? If so, it looks great on your picture! I may have to give it a go.
Did you use spray paint? I saw that I could by my same shade of black paint in spray paint form from Smart.
May have to do that.
 

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I spray-painted the rocker panels, front and rear lower panels, and gas cap cover on that car, as well as the little tow hook covers. Yup, they were all textured plastic. The "shiny" kinda hides the texture.

Try it--I think you'll be pleased with the result. If not, you're only out twenty bucks and you'll know never to take my advice in the future.
 
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