Now the duct is ready for paint. It needs a few coats of primer-surfacer and more sanding before the base and clear coat can be applied. We went to Bells Autosport in Huntinton Beach California to help us with that. The guys at Bells are total gearheads and they get what needs to be done on unusual projects like ours. They are not afraid of custom work like many production body shops and you can see that they have many times the business of the other body shops on the same street!
We got our part back from Bells with a beautiful paint job. If the paint doesn’t quite match the OEM part in the pictures, it is because the OEM part has yellowed PPF on it from a few years back! Bells matched the paint on the noncovered edges of the OEM part.
Here is our new oil cooler duct compared to the OEM STI foglight cover. The duct even has the same styling features.
The duct is very unobtrusive on the front of the car and looks like a factory part which matches our car’s sleeper theme.
In a close-up view, you can see the perfect fit of the duct. It snaps in place with authority, not like the stock part which feels like it could fall out.