The Supra has been back from Lucky Devil Paint Works for a few weeks, and we’ve been enjoying it thoroughly. Well, until the weather got too cold, anyway. Pictured here is the car with TwinZ Design full body kit (minus the wing, which was kept stock).  The goal was to give the car an updated look without straying too much from the factory appearance. We feel TwinZ Design accomplished this goal beautifully. We also like the fact the original Supra bumper cover exposes more of our ETS 4-in intercooler. It’s hard to believe this actual car is now 23 years old!

Project MKIV Supra: Part 17– Back in Blue with TwinZ Design

The Supra is out of the paint shop, and ready for action

by Pablo Mazlumian


I know it’s been a while since our last report, but quite honestly I’ve been busy starting up a new business venture, while also trying to enjoy this Supra with its fresh coat of blue paint before the weather got too cold. With 60F for a high less than two weeks ago, I had the car out a couple of times. Even in 60F, I have to be careful since we still haven’t gotten around to getting the traction control set up, and we especially have to be careful on anything other than concrete. Asphalt is downright scary at any double-digit speeds. Today is New Year’s Day, and it was -6F when we returned from our festivities, so, “yeah right—no thanks!” I have disconnected the battery, and the Supra is now parked for the KC winter.

Today, it’s a great feeling to be able to look at the Supra and not see any real flaws in the bodywork. I don’t think I’ll have that “Gee, I hope nobody notices that” feeling at the next car meet. After its paint job and vast detail work from Irwin at Blue Devil Paint Works, the car looks practically new. What we’ve done on the inside, you may want to check out in Part 11, Part 12, and Part 13.

Having been a while since our last update, this picture should remind us a little bit of this car’s history, which includes original white paint. I know for many that white is the “new black,” but for me it was never so (well, maybe on a 911 Turbo or Ferrari). While I also enjoy looking at well-kept Supras painted in red, it’s always been BMW’s “Estoril Blau” blue that has always caught my attention. I’ve owned two E36 M3s in this color as well. For this respray, I went back to my original hood and bumper cover, along with TwinZ Design’s lower body kit.

When Irwin had pulled some of the weather stripping off, he’d discovered that the guys who painted my car last (in 2004) hadn’t gone down deep enough in the crevices. Notice the residual white paint still on there.

In order to get well inside the creases, Irwin uses a stiff back masking tape. This ensures that he gets the blue deep behind the weather stripping, but also off of anything he doesn’t want painted…


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Tuesday, January 02, 2018 4:57 PM
W O W. Few people would go thru so much trouble for a respray, especially all the finishing sanding. Crazy amount of work but the results are excellent.
Pablo Mazlumian
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Wednesday, January 03, 2018 10:52 AM
Irwin had it for a long long time! Yes the results were better than we'd hoped. thanks for reading!
Thursday, January 04, 2018 11:07 PM
What's the ballpark cost for doing this level of prep and paintwork? I'm always impressed with the skills good bodywork people have.
Pablo Mazlumian
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Friday, January 05, 2018 5:12 AM
About $6500-7000, including paint
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 9:31 AM
Hey Pablo, not sure if you know this or not, but Twin Z is in the process of making a rear diffuser which will perfectly synch up with those rear spats, specifically for the Supra. Contact them on Facebook for more info! Should be finished this year
Pablo Mazlumian
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Thursday, January 25, 2018 6:50 AM
Thanks for heads-up, looking forward to seeing how that turns out!
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