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Found the chrome and silver a little excessive on my touring but wanted to keep some. Also, wanted to disguise the black molding I added to rear bumper and simplify the lines of the lower rocker trim. Most of the black added to the rockers and bumpers is Plasti-Dip or the Rustoleum peelable paint. Will see how each holds up and consider film wrap. The silver reduction at the lower front bumper is intentionally reversed from the sport treatment. The chrome around the fogs and on the grille is covered now with blackout tape. Plan to redo the fogs with paint after finding the chrome piece can be removed from the assembly. Wanted to leave some chrome there but the original to me is too much. On the inside, I blacked out the left vent grille that reflected in the mirror (Rustoleum peelable) and the white paint around the window frames (tape).
 

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My advice to you is to use plastidip on the fogs and front...as opposed to paint.

Much easier to touch up/redo down the road
 

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Great to see these Touring mods, as I too am concerned Subaru went a little "too blingy" on the exterior. My green Touring is due in about a month or so. Although I like the color, as well as the saddle leather interior color, I've wrestled with some of the exterior bits in my mind. I considered a white or silver exterior just so they wouldn't show up as much. Now I know I have a lot of options!!!

BTW - both this and "Moraine" have the bodyside moldings. I appreciate their functionality, but didn't order on mine as I was concerned whether they would just disappear. I think they work well on the white. The design/angle makes me think a little bit of the MB GL - just not sure they would work as well on the green. Wish someone would get them and post pics!
 

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Will try the Plasti Dip or Rustoleum on the Fog trim. Will pull them off to tape up the exposed chrome area carefully. A little concern about damaging the peelable paint when reinstalling. Thus, may reinstall with tape on them and then paint.

I ordered and installed the white door moldings and the black corner moldings on the rear bumper myself. You can get the parts at a substantial discount from dealers online, some offering better deals than others. The door moldings come with templates that make them easy to install in the right place. The corner moldings on the bumper are initially flat and can be a little difficult to install because of the curvature of the bumper and corner they have to wrap around.
 

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Will try the Plasti Dip or Rustoleum on the Fog trim. Will pull them off to tape up the exposed chrome area carefully. A little concern about damaging the peelable paint when reinstalling. Thus, may reinstall with tape on them and then paint.

I ordered and installed the white door moldings and the black corner moldings on the rear bumper myself. You can get the parts at a substantial discount from dealers online, some offering better deals than others. The door moldings come with templates that make them easy to install in the right place. The corner moldings on the bumper are initially flat and can be a little difficult to install because of the curvature of the bumper and corner they have to wrap around.
I personally did the plastidip on my car and it started to peel at the edges pretty easily. I went with vinyl wrap afterwards and it looks more professional and is more durable. I went off roading recently in 1' of mud and snow with zero issue.
 

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I second the vinyl wrap. My plastidip skills are not up to par and was peeling almost instantly. The vinyl wrap has made it 6000+ miles, to the grand canyon and back, plenty of back roads and not an issue.
 

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Great to see these Touring mods, as I too am concerned Subaru went a little "too blingy" on the exterior. My green Touring is due in about a month or so. Although I like the color, as well as the saddle leather interior color, I've wrestled with some of the exterior bits in my mind. I considered a white or silver exterior just so they wouldn't show up as much. Now I know I have a lot of options!!!

BTW - both this and "Moraine" have the bodyside moldings. I appreciate their functionality, but didn't order on mine as I was concerned whether they would just disappear. I think they work well on the white. The design/angle makes me think a little bit of the MB GL - just not sure they would work as well on the green. Wish someone would get them and post pics!
I want to be first line to throw a pie in the face of whoever green lighted the 'fan blade' rims on the Touring trim. Those are atrocious.
 
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