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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 07-09-2019, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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Should I paint my spoiler?

I have never liked the rear "spoilers" on my spiders. I miss the sleek look of my '74.
To me, they have always looked like a non-functional J.C. Whitney accessory.
I am about to do a re-spray and was thinking of coloring it to match the body. I would probably keep the tail section below it in black.
Has anyone done this? And if so, did you end up regretting the decision to do so?

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I almost bought a Series 3 prior to finding my '79. I had tentatively decided to replace the factory spoiler with a Zender kit, painted body color. Lower profile, looks much better.

Here is the link from Vick, although other vendors may sell it as well:

Zender Rear Spoiler Kit, Alfa Spider 1983-90 - (SKU 81-1898) [81-1898] - $377.23 : Vick Autosports, The Premier Fiat and Alfa Parts Source

Classic Alfa also sells it:

https://classicalfa.com/ac066-zender...pider-1984-89/

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Worth trying. Aren't they spongy foam? What would stick to that?

The Zender one is nice.

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My '84 had the foam spoiler, but those were discontinued and replaced with hard plastic.
I do like the look of the Zender unit. That might be a great solution.
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The first few years ('83-'85?) had the spongy rubber spoiler. The later years ('86-'89?) had a hard rubber spoiler. The early ones might be difficult to paint but the hard rubber ones would likely take paint fine. You will need to add a flex agent - these are used when painting the flexible rubber/plastic panels used on many cars.

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When I did my repaint, I went back and forth on whether to paint the Zender spoiler. I was convinced that it should be painted body color, but after consulting with a bunch of folks, including my paint guy, I decided against painting it after all. I'm happy with that decision.

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I like the look of that Zender. I really never had an issue with the S3 spoilers, actually I kind of liked them. That Zender is very nice looking though... well, there goes another 400 bucks! lol
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do the zender kits match the same placement on the top of the deck lid as the factory soft spoiler?

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do the zender kits match the same placement on the top of the deck lid as the factory soft spoiler?
I won't say that it's exact, but it is designed to have the same footprint.

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Don't paint it

Keep it stock.

Stocks is always better.
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When I did my repaint, I went back and forth on whether to paint the Zender spoiler. I was convinced that it should be painted body color, but after consulting with a bunch of folks, including my paint guy, I decided against painting it after all. I'm happy with that decision.



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Don't paint it

Keep it stock.

Stocks is always better.


I agree


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Although I generally vote for originality, I am in the throes of deciding to change the color of my chocolate brown Spider, a color which I detest. So far, a color change is winning over a repaint in the original merda bruno color.

Similarly, because I really dislike the rear spoiler treatment of the Series 3, I would replace the original with a Zender kit and paint it body color. I might or might not keep the flat panel between the tail lights flat black.

Series 3's are unlikely to become high-price collector cars, so the aforementioned modification should not significantly affect the resale price or value of the car.

In the end, you have to suit yourself.
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I should be getting my spider back from the paint shop soon with a painted spoiler (white car with white spoiler). The "stock is always best" folks will have given up on my car a long time ago. Part of the reason is mine chipped and it would be difficult to bring it back to original condition without paint.

I will let you know how I like it. The good news is that if you absolutely hate it, it's not that difficult to remove and replace with one from a junked car.
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I like the look of that Zender. I really never had an issue with the S3 spoilers, actually I kind of liked them. That Zender is very nice looking though... well, there goes another 400 bucks! lol
Ain't it true, we always find "sumptin" to spend our money on!

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