Most Volkswagen EOS models do not have a rear wing, except the Lux/Sport edition that has a small lip spoiler –which I think really completes the look of this car. I also had a chance to talk to many owners and they commonly agree that there is always a feeling of something cosmetically missing about it, when you look at the Kormfort / Executive / Final editions. In other sense, the curve makes the car a bit too girly for us dudes. While the Mount Insert is the best $40 mod for performance, the spoiler doesn’t give you more horsepowers –but it really improves the look of this car.
So I set out to get a trunk spoiler for my EOS mainly as another learning experience, while also to have something to post about –so may it become resourceful for you in time of need.
Where To Buy
Now you could probably purchase the OEM spoiler directly from your local U.S dealer for roughly $350, painted. For those who prefer a sportier wing, you have several options from RDX, Caractere, JE or DAR brand. But the issues are, they are difficult to get your hands on and payment is often complicated.
I spent many hours on every of these manufacturers’ website and for the life of me I can’t figure out how to place an online order with some of them. I don’t even know for sure if they are even trying to sell anything or just having a couple of shopped pictures for show. I guess it’s a lot easier for folks in Europe to buy the part.
Eventually, I decided to go with RDX because the spoiler looks nice and they have a reseller available in the US. But to be honest, I have never seen the RDX spoiler in person so this was pretty much a leap of faith when I placed the order on Quality Tuning. They had to back-order it from Turkish so my shipment took almost a month for arrival. Though I was glad that it came in perfect shape and no damages from all those transportation processes.
If you order from Quality Tuning, use this code CUSTOMPCGUIDE for a 10% discount on the total. It’s a small saving but a saving nonetheless and I hope it helps. Recently, Amazon UK also carries the same spoiler; so be sure to compare prices before you pull the trigger.
Day of Arrival
I totally forgot about the the RDX order because Amazon Prime have always spoiled me with their 2-day shipping every time. I didn’t remember to track the wing package until one day this showed up at my door like this (one foot for scale).
After a lot of bubble wraps. Props for very careful packaging from Quality Tuning.
First (Failed) Attempt to Paint
I watched this youtube video and planned on following the same method to get my RDX spoiler painted. It’s made from the same material as the demo parts in the video –polyurethane– which is light-weight and does not stress out EOS’s roof and trunk mechanism. Here was my setup:
Sand it down with 400 grit paper.
Clean up with rubbing alcohol.
Once it’s dried up (about a minute), spray a layer of Adhesive promoter all around. Then wait 5 minutes. The smell is very strong so you should wear a paint mask.
Now it’s time for the Primer. You’ll need 3 coats and each one goes 15 minutes apart.
After the 3rd coat, you have to leave it sit for a day or so; depends on the room temperature. On the next day, you need to sand then clean the spoiler again with rubbing alcohol.
Day 2. Wet sandded with 600 grit paper and cleaned up with rubbing alcohol.
Applying 3 coats of black paint. 20 minutes apart. Wait 6 hours when done.
Applying 3 coats of clear coat. 30 minutes apart.
As you can see, it does not turn out as great as it should be. I made several mistakes during the sanding process and rushed through the color coat. There was a consistent layer of cloudiness in the paint. I didn’t like it on bit. So my plan B was to find a professional autobody shop to do it for me. Which I should have done in the first place but it’s good to at least have some of this experience for future improvement. Now that you see the process, you might be getting a better outcome than I did. Otherwise, a professional autobody shop would definitely ask for about $200 to paint it.
Second Attempt to Paint & Install Professionally
So I spent everyday for 2 weeks to scout for a local shop that could take care of the paint job. This is the result:
- Elite Autohaus, Inc (Caliber Collision) – $280 (paint only).
- E & E Auto Body – $200 (paint only).
- General Auto Body & Repair – $300 (paint only).
- JR’s Auto & Body Center, Inc – Not ready for business at time of inquiry.
- Autobody Creations – Does not do customer paint job.
- Wheaton Body Shop – $400 (paint only).
- Franklin’s Auto Body – $200 (paint only).
- Gilis Autobody – $415 (paint & installation)
- CRG Autobody – $400 (paint & installation)
- Randolph Auto Body & Paint – $500 (paint & installation)
At this point, I grew tired of running around and almost pulled the trigger with one of those shops above. It seems $200 is the minimum plus another couple hundreds for installation is the norm for this kind of job. Fortunately, one day on my way back from work I decided to stop by one more location just to check out their price and I’m very glad I did so.
Auto Dent Care, Inc – $280 (paint & installation)
This might as well be one of the best hidden auto body shop in the area because 1) I couldn’t find them online –despite the fact that they have been around since 1977– and 2) I passed by many times but their curb appearance made me felt like it was an up-scale expensive shop. Good thing I was wrong and I met some of the nicest guys here. The manager Sam DeCaria is really an honest and kind person to talk to. Plus the price was pretty decent to me.
So I dropped off the spoiler for preps and scheduled an appointment 3 days later for installation.
Arrived later in the afternoon that day. They would have to drill holes in the trunk for the installation.
The shop always seems busy. I was excited that they managed to squeeze me in under such short notice; since I was a complete walk-in with no pre-appointment whatsoever. The person who did the installation was Mario, very humble and nice guy.
Several measurements later and some masking tapes.
Open up the trunk liner to adjust the radio wiring.
Drilling. Yes, I cringed.
Holes on the left and right.
Apply BETALINK K1 adhesive onto trunk outside and inside holes as well as spoiler feet (the glue comes with the package).
Positioning the spoiler. The glue dries up very quickly, so it might be a little difficult if you are doing this alone.
Cleaning up the excess.
Getting ready to leave the shop. It took about an hour. I was very impressed.
So there you have it. I don’t think I would be able to get the same awesome hands-on experience and photos like this if I had gone with other shop. They even beat the price of all other competitors without knowing it. I’ll be visiting them some day when they finish this project car that caught my attention. Gentleman on right side is the owner of Auto Dent Care.
p.s they also do auto repair & maintenance services.
RDX Spoiler on Volkswagen Eos
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