Proud New '13 GTS Owner..My *Journal* - 6SpeedOnline - Porsche Forum and Luxury Car Resource



Panamera The 4-dour coupe by Porsche
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:

Proud New '13 GTS Owner..My *Journal*

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread
  #1  
Old 04-05-2018, 01:15 PM
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Ohio
Age: 28
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 0
Flo1989 is an unknown quantity at this point
Proud New '13 GTS Owner..My *Journal*

Hey Everyone!

I recently acquired a 2013 Agate Grey GTS on Good (Great!) Friday and have enjoyed every second of my short time with it. This forum was very useful during my searching period as I was debating between the GTS vs the Turbo...I won't go into the differences as of course you all already know, but I am more than pleased with my decision.

Although relatively new to this forum, I've been on car forums for many years, specifically MB-AMG, so I wanted to do something a bit different this time. I plan on kind of making this my "journal" if you will for different things I plan to do to the car oppose to creating multiple threads. Hopefully some of you guys will follow along!

These pictures are less than great as I've been very busy and have only had a chance to snap cell phone pics, but I promise to use my DSLR in the future to do this machine some justice.

Now lets get right into it...
The first thing I did was change out the chrome badges on the rear bumper to a matte black and red using plasti-dip. IMO this combination works a LOT better with the agate grey + black trim throughout the car.

Stock dealer picture...



First coat...


Fifth coat...


Final...


The next thing in line was to take off all 4 wheels and remove all the rust/caked on dirt from the rotor hub. The process for doing this (for those interested) is to use a drill with a wire brush attached to fire off all of the rust. Once you do that, wipe down the entire hub with rubbing alcohol prior to coating. I used a high temp semi-gloss paint as my final step (2 coats). If you simply remove the rust without applying some sort of coating, the rust will come back 10x worse once the rotors get wet. Ask me how I know.

Before...


After...


Coming up...
-Next week the car goes in for 15% tint on all five windows, tinting the taillights to a ruby red color, and blacking out the orange side markers.
-Ordered black "Panamera GTS" decals for the lower panel of the driver doors.
-Paint Correction. This will likely be a 3-5 day project I take on doing a multistep correction to the paint. It's current condition is "okay" and would likely be good enough for most, but as you will soon realize, I'm a bit **** when it comes to cars being right, or what I feel is acceptable.
-BMC Air Filters
-22 inch Matte Black Savini staggered wheels
-Eurocharged ECU Tune. I know, I know - tuning these NA engines won't make that much of a difference, but I talked with the guys over at EC, as they've done all the tuning on my AMG, so I'm going to give it a go.
-Unlikely as the car sounds good in stock form, but I may remove the resonator and replace it with a X or straight pipes. Doubtful, though.

These are all I have in mind thus far, but I'm sure more will come along as time goes on. I did my homework via searching the forum for performance mods for the GTS, but really didn't have any luck. Anyone know of somewhat worth while mods to give it a little more "go"?

Again, these pictures aren't the best but here's a couple more of the car.





Thanks!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-05-2018, 02:54 PM
orangeokie's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Oklahoma
Age: 65
Posts: 129
Rep Power: 0
orangeokie is an unknown quantity at this point
Slick looking buggy. I really like the color.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-05-2018, 04:21 PM
knowspin's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Massachusetts
Age: 70
Posts: 56
Rep Power: 5
knowspin has a spectacular aura aboutknowspin has a spectacular aura aboutknowspin has a spectacular aura about
Good idea to do the journal. I'll be following it.


BTW, that's the best color, same one my wife chose for her car!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-05-2018, 10:30 PM
negb's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: E.U.
Posts: 246
Rep Power: 12
negb is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by Flo1989 View Post
-BMC Air Filters
One filter, not filters.

http://www.insanegarage.com/diy-panamera-air-filter-replacement-change-bmc-filter-installation/

Last edited by GT3 Chuck; 04-06-2018 at 04:49 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-05-2018, 11:26 PM
Obi1's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: phoenix, AZ
Age: 39
Posts: 8
Rep Power: 0
Obi1 is an unknown quantity at this point
Nice ride! I will definitely be following along as well.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-06-2018, 03:28 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Skåne
Age: 50
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 0
Dahl0113 is an unknown quantity at this point
Sir,

Very nice. I too have a 2013 GTS. I certainly like to do the matte black badges as well. Did you simply peel of the plasti dip or did you have to cut with a scalpel around the letters?
It looks very good in your pictures, I just want to be certain it does not look bad even up really close up from "overspray" if you like.

The red "GTS" part of the badge - was that to connect with red details in the interior? I have silver deviated stitching and seatbelts - thus contemplating the GTS in silver/grey. On the other hand, red does work with taillights and break callipers.

Any price indication on the black labels for the doors?

Thanks in advance,

Martin
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-06-2018, 08:26 AM
Just A GTS's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: New Jersey
Age: 36
Posts: 126
Rep Power: 9
Just A GTS has a spectacular aura aboutJust A GTS has a spectacular aura aboutJust A GTS has a spectacular aura about
Congrats, and great start sir! She is looking good.

2013 GTS here as well. Will be following your build. A few questions on your way by PM.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-06-2018, 01:09 PM
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Ohio
Age: 28
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 0
Flo1989 is an unknown quantity at this point
Quote:
Originally Posted by orangeokie View Post
Slick looking buggy. I really like the color.
Thanks!
Quote:
Originally Posted by knowspin View Post
Good idea to do the journal. I'll be following it.


BTW, that's the best color, same one my wife chose for her car!
Smart Lady! The color really does suit the Panamera well.
Quote:
Originally Posted by negb View Post
One filter, not filters.

http://www.insanegarage.com/diy-panamera-air-filter-replacement-change-bmc-filter-installation/
Yeah, typo. Thanks for the link.

Last edited by GT3 Chuck; 04-06-2018 at 04:51 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-06-2018, 01:12 PM
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Ohio
Age: 28
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 0
Flo1989 is an unknown quantity at this point
Quote:
Originally Posted by Obi1 View Post
Nice ride! I will definitely be following along as well.
Thanks!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dahl0113 View Post
Sir,

Very nice. I too have a 2013 GTS. I certainly like to do the matte black badges as well. Did you simply peel of the plasti dip or did you have to cut with a scalpel around the letters?
It looks very good in your pictures, I just want to be certain it does not look bad even up really close up from "overspray" if you like.

The red "GTS" part of the badge - was that to connect with red details in the interior? I have silver deviated stitching and seatbelts - thus contemplating the GTS in silver/grey. On the other hand, red does work with taillights and break callipers.

Any price indication on the black labels for the doors?

Thanks in advance,

Martin
No scalpel needed to remove the plasti-dip, but what you do need is a great deal of patience. Patience in between coats and most importantly patience when pealing it off. The letters look just as good up close as they do in the photos. The key is to prep (clean) your area well, apply even coats and to make sure to cover every angle, (top and bottom) not just the face of the letters. This was my first time doing this but there are a couple youtube videos that helped me out. I'm having troubles sharing the link so you can PM me for them if you'd like.

Here's where I ordered the decals from. I can't comment on the quality as I have not received them yet, but will report back once I do.
Google "Vortex Signs" as I again can't post the link.


I went with red on "GTS" simply to add a "pop" of color plus it gives it a sportier vibe IMO. I think it ties in well with the taillights and the brake calipers, as you mentioned.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Just A GTS View Post
Congrats, and great start sir! She is looking good.

2013 GTS here as well. Will be following your build. A few questions on your way by PM.
Thanks - PM replied!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-14-2018, 10:09 AM
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Ohio
Age: 28
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 0
Flo1989 is an unknown quantity at this point
This week consisted of getting the window tint done (15% on all 5 windows), side markers and taillights tinted as well. I went with a light tint on the taillights to give me that "ruby red" look it came out perfect.






Next week I'll begin the long, but worthwhile, paint correction process. I'll share some before and after close up shots of the paint and what products I use for those interested. The week after that the BMC filter will be installed and my 22" Savini wheels should be arriving near then as well. I will also apply a ceramic coating to them prior to install for easy maintenance. Stay tuned!
FYI- I will likely be selling the factory wheels after my new ones arrive if anyone is interested. I'll create a separate thread in the sales section of the forum when the time comes.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 04-15-2018, 12:30 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Virginia
Posts: 39
Rep Power: 0
Victory007 is an unknown quantity at this point
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dahl0113 View Post

Did you simply peel of the plasti dip or did you have to cut with a scalpel around the letters?
It looks very good in your pictures, I just want to be certain it does not look bad even up really close up from "overspray" if you like.

Martin
Yes, more info on the plasti-dip process would be appreciated. Did you just peel it of with your fingers afterwards? It just pulled away from the emblem?
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 04-15-2018, 12:55 PM
orangeokie's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Oklahoma
Age: 65
Posts: 129
Rep Power: 0
orangeokie is an unknown quantity at this point
Do you have any interior pics you can share?
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 04-15-2018, 06:26 PM
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Ohio
Age: 28
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 0
Flo1989 is an unknown quantity at this point
Quote:
Originally Posted by Victory007 View Post
Yes, more info on the plasti-dip process would be appreciated. Did you just peel it of with your fingers afterwards? It just pulled away from the emblem?
Yup - fingers only. If you check back to post #9 I express how important it is to have patience. I too was a bit skeptical in thinking it would pull off around the letters neatly, but it does. But I'm also positive if you do not let it dry properly or pull it over too quickly when near the letters, you'll run into problems. If you youtube "plasti dip panamera" you'll find an informative tutorial.

Quote:
Originally Posted by orangeokie View Post
Do you have any interior pics you can share?
I actually do not have any interior shots. I will snap some soon though. But for the time being its a light gray with black trim (steering wheel, dash, door trim, etc).
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 04-15-2018, 07:57 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Virginia
Posts: 39
Rep Power: 0
Victory007 is an unknown quantity at this point
Quote:
Originally Posted by Flo1989 View Post
Yup - fingers only... If you youtube "plasti dip panamera" you'll find an informative tutorial.
Thanks a lot for the info.

Here's the vid for anyone interested:
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 04-16-2018, 10:44 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Phila
Age: 38
Posts: 383
Rep Power: 20
OEkun1 has a spectacular aura aboutOEkun1 has a spectacular aura aboutOEkun1 has a spectacular aura about
subscribed for progress...
Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Proud New '13 GTS Owner..My *Journal* Flo1989 Panamera 0 04-05-2018 11:56 AM
Proud new Owner (F-cars, please meet Mr. Turbo) roseylv 996 Turbo / GT2 22 07-25-2011 11:40 AM
Thank you members. Proud new owner. skizot 997 27 04-18-2009 08:27 AM
996 Twin Turbo New Proud Owner From Belgium... Schnitzer 996 Turbo / GT2 18 03-03-2007 11:38 AM
Welcome to our newest member Chris T. The proud new owner of my old 996 cab! DJ 996 3 11-02-2003 09:43 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Join 6SpeedOnline
Visit our Sponsors

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:04 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: