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Old 05-03-2016, 02:28 PM
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Re: Paint project...need some pointers

You don't need such aggressive sand paper.

400 grit or 600 grit is all that's needed to scuff the chrome.

Then a few coats of adhesion promote should be the next step.

A primer filler like dulpi - color should be used.

You can used the some of the same 400 or 600 to lightly wet sand the primer coats.

2 - 3 color coats will be needed depending on how transparent the paint is.

Regular lacquer clear like you have in the pic will last roughly 2 years in summer sun before it yellows or develops a sticky texture.

You would achieve a better clear coating if you used a 2K or catalyzed clear coat like "Spray Max 2k clear coat"

It is a little pricier than the Mopar clear at $ 25 - 30 a can.

But it would give a better final product and the can is only good for 24 once you puncure the activator capsule inside

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Re: Paint project...need some pointers

So removing the chrome completely is not necessary and the 80 grit is too aggressive...got it. Since its such small part, I really just want to use the stuff I have.


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Re: Paint project...need some pointers

Today was the day I painted...followed the instructions for the most parts...

Sanded with 400 grit...3 coats of adhesive promoter....3 coats filler primer:
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Next 3 coats of base and 4 coats clear coat:
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The color is there, but the shine/reflection isn't. I read I should be wet sanding and polishing. Any insight on that?


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You need to polish it...but the clear should be glossy
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Re: Paint project...need some pointers

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You need to polish it...but the clear should be glossy

It's glossy, but dull.


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Re: Paint project...need some pointers

It's also not as smooth as it could be...what grit should I use to wet sand?


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Re: Paint project...need some pointers

Wet sand the clear coat until the orange peel is gone, then polish it.

When I did the mirror caps I started with 600 until the orange peel was gone from the clear coat, then moved to 1000 and on to 2000. Each grit took me about 30min. Take your time and don't be too aggressive or you'll go through the clear coat.

You'll even notice some subtle sheen starting with the 2000 grit paper.

After that I used Meguiars Ultimate Polish and hand polished each cap. If you have a polisher/buffer it'll be quicker especially with a relatively flat piece.

After it's nice and shiny put a coat of wax on and you're done.
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