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Still available guys? Any advice on painting the tumbled version? Looking for a black option for a 2004 FXT.

Many thanks!

DAN
1. Go to auto parts store. Purchase the following items: 1 can of (pick your color) spray paint, 1 can metal primer, 1 pack fine grit (think 500) sandpaper, a package of tack cloth (dust removal), one pack ultra fine grit (think 2000) sandpaper and one can of clear coat. Also advised is the purchase of at least a couple of pairs of nitrile gloves.

2. Put on gloves before handling bracket in order to avoid contaminating the surface with skin oil.
3. Lightly sand (burnish) the surfaces with fine grit sandpaper to aid in the adhesion of the primer. Using tack cloth, wipe the surface free of dust particles.
4. Using an even 2' long stroke, keeping the can parallel and even to the surface of the bracket (at least a foot away), lightly apply a coat of primer to the bracket. Allow to dry for 3-4 hours. Using ultra fine grit sandpaper, lightly burnish the surface. Repeat process one additional time for best results.
5. After allowing bracket to dry for an additional day (curing time), lightly burnish the bracket, then using a tack cloth, wipe the surface clean. Using the same technique as the primer, apply 3-4 additional coats of paint, and use the ultra fine sandpaper and water to wet sand the bracket between coats.
6. After allowing 3 days to cure (preferably in a dust-free environment), apply 1 to 2 coats of clear coat. No sanding required between coats.

Install as instructed.
 

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Sorry for being MIA the last few days... We've been without Internet connection due to a hickup by our provider. All PMs have been replied to!
 

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I'm wondering if this is needed for the 2017 Foresters as well.
 

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@waldo98 - the 2017 models are the same in regards to plate mounting as the previous years, and our bracket is 100% compatible. If you have a '17 on order and are waiting for it to arrive, the following info from our first post in this thread is also applicable:

Important information if you are waiting to take delivery of a brand-new Forester and want the front bumper to remain undrilled: Attaching a front license plate or dealer advertising plate is part of Subaru's pre-delivery inspection (PDI). As mentioned above, this is done by drilling sheet metal screws directly into your front bumper cover (Subaru provides a couple of dimples in between the existing holes that show where to drill for North American plates). Communicate your wish to keep the bumper intact to your salesperson early on - get it in writing when the sales contract is drawn up, if possible. Don't be afraid to remind them of your request as the arrival date of your car approaches! The PDI is performed by service and detailing staff - that means your salesperson should be responsible for letting them know that drilling to mount a front plate is a no-no. It's a good idea to have the salesperson attach a note or a piece of tape in the middle of the front bumper that clearly reads "NO DRILL" as soon as the car comes off the delivery truck to avoid any and all confusion during the PDI process.
 
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