|Rover 825 Coupe with 820 Hatchback Spoiler. Spoiler does not sit correctly.|
Car: 1999 Rover 800 825 V6 Coupe
Colour: Zircon Silver
Body Kits: Colour Coded Rear Spoiler
The looks of any Rover 800 saloons and coupes can be vastly improved by the simple addition of a rear spoiler!
The spoilers were originally made to fit the hatchback (fastback) models, but many owners have since added them to their saloons and coupes. To do this, first you must buy a spoiler, you have three choices; new, secondhand, or an aftermarket spoiler.
New spoilers are the most expensive option, and for most 800 owners of today, too expensive when compared to the cars value. Aftermarket spoilers are often made of fibreglass rather than plastic and may require more work to achieve the same final looks. Secondhand spoilers are usually the cheapest and preferred option, although most will require repainting, as waiting for one in the correct colour can sometimes take forever! (you could also fit a universal spoiler or one meant for another make/model of car if you want to be different).
The Rover spoiler used here was purchased off ebay for £12 + postage and packaging costs, and wow did the seller pack it well.
As you can see from the photos the spoiler is gold and the car is zircon silver, so it was going to need a respray.
Before you paint it though it is important to check it will fit correctly. You need to remove the pegs and bolts to sit the spoiler on the boot. The feet of the spoiler will require some rubbing down to fit the saloon or coupe boot lid as the hatchback is shaped differently.
Even if you are lucky enough to find one in the correct colour and in perfect condition, it may need some re-painting because of any reshaping around the feet.
Once you have shaped the feet, you then need to refit the pegs and bolts temporary whilst you decide exactly where you will drill the holes in the boot lid! (hint: use some masking take to stop the drill bit slipping)! The deciding part is what took me the longest!
After drilling the holes from above you may also need to drill bigger holes from below to allow access for the bolt heads.
When you have finally managed to loosely fit the spoiler, you are then ready to remove it for painting/colour coding.
At this point you can also file down any uneven bits on the holes drilled in the boot lid, and can then add some paint or rust protection on any exposed metal edges.
This spoiler was in superb condition when it arrived, and had no scratches, paint bubbling or paint chips, so no filler was required prior to painting.
You do need to smooth the spoiler down with fine wet & dry paper to begin with and after priming. If you don't do this the paint will peel away as it will not be attached correctly to the layer below.
This spoiler was smoothed, then primed with grey plastic primer (to hide the gold colour and give the correct base for the silver), smoothed again, then painted with the remainder a tin of Rover zircon silver which i had in, but it was obvious I would require more paint!
I ordered a couple more tins in from Rover (at the time!), and after adequately spraying it, top coated in Rover clear lacquer.
I was happy with the final result, as you can see from the last couple of photos.
You could choose to get it painted professionally, I just went for the cheapest option ...but luckily I am quite handy with a spray can.
When you do attach the spoiler to the car, you will need to use some sort of sealant to waterproof around the holes, this will protect the boot lid in the long term from rotting. I used 'dum dum' for this spoiler, cleaning any surplus that came out the sides after the bolts were tightened up.
The end result is a much nicer, sportier looking coupe (or saloon).