Monday, September 18, 2023

CT200h - Front End Refresh

It's been almost a year since the CT was purchased. Since Day 1 I've always wanted to get the front end at the very least painted. The bumper had a broken tab on one side which I rigged up to hold in place but needed to be messed with every so often to get it back in place. Also the fenders and hood had rock chips and fading clear. I knew that instead of  getting another 2011+ bumper I wanted to go ahead and do a 2014+ F sport front end conversion.

I was pretty much more concerned with the mechanical aspect of things initially. Since the major mechanical aspect of the car was tackled and I couldn't stand the exacerbating condition of the bumper I figured it was time to shift focus and remediate that. 

Ordered the front end parts and dropped the bumper off to get painted after a quick test fit. Also added the rear hatch trim piece to the paint list since it was in pretty bad shape for some reason. The parts were primed, blocked, wet sanded and sealed before painting it. 

After the bumper was painted I assembled the bumper with the grill, fog lights and trim pieces. Then moved on to getting the front end prepped for paint. Stripped the front end and got everything primed and let it cure completely for over a week.

Unfortunately I had to leave the country for two weeks and put the project on the back burner till I got back. Thankfully I have some good friends and the day I landed back in the US to my surprise I got some pics of the car completely painted!! Thanks Jeremy!! Jeremy blocked, wet sanded and sealed the front end before paint.

Only thing left to do was to put everything back together which I did enthusiastically the next day!

Happy with the outcome! Onto other things!

-AJ Abraham

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