Plastic Painting

In short – don’t even try it until you do research on plastic painting.  You need to know what kinds of primers to use, how to set it up, the types of paint that will work and how glossy of a paint you need.  Not following the rules of painting will lead your plastic painting project to a perilous plundering of your posthumously examined wallet – which was pounced upon by fees for getting it done professionally.  Before you even begin plastic painting you need the tools that are needed to remove the part (yes, you need to remove the part or else it will look like you used a can of spray paint on your car). You will need an airbrush, sandpaper of 400-600 grit, primer, clear coat, the paint itself, reducer, and a flex agent of some kind if needed.  Also don’t forget the tack cloth, you have to have that. 

When you have removed the part you want to paint CLEAN IT.  I don’t know how many times I have seen a plastic part painted by someone, only to find a hair sticking out of it! Disgusting!  When you are painting plastic always make sure the plastic is clean.  Get the sand paper ready by dampening it so that the primer will go on easier and then clean it again with the tack cloth (or if you’re really professional use a detergent).  After this you should apply the primer carefully and liberally, use what it says on the can, however do NOT over spray – and try to use two coats and allow for it to dry! When you do paint follow the instructions, and apply about four thin coats and allow it to completely dry in between those coats – and for the love of god don not touch it while it is wet.  When it looks good and is all done you can apply the clear coat for protection (because if you don’t it will scratch easier than your sun glasses). Apply about four or more thin coats of clear coat, however with all of this DO NOT OVER SPRAY. Plastic painting can bring out the best colors in your car if you are careful – or it can make it look like a pile of junk on the lot of Sanford and Son.

Plastic painting is delicate work, so act accordingly and handle plastic painting with the upmost care possible.

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