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When Krylon Fusion and Plastic Trim meet on a 2001 Explorer Sport

Discussion in 'Body Work & Detailing' started by F15E_WSO, October 16, 2010.

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    1. F15E_WSO

      F15E_WSO Active Member

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      Recently bought 2001 Exp Sport for my son, Gold. Grey and that's faded grey trim - tupperware all around. Not looking too strong. Saw some posts here that it was possible to remove the trim and paint with Krylon Fusion. So we plunged in.

      Did some Mx work on the truck first and each time we had it up or were underneath it we put Liquid Wrench where ever we thought we'd be removing bolts to take off the trim and the running boards. Paid off later.

      Two running boards were held up by 3 brackets, each bracket 3 13mm bolts, the metal tubes were held to the brackets by 6 10mm bolts. Minor bit of cosmetic rust on the running boards, we treated that with a rust dissolver and sanded. This was the first weekend and to be fair after a week without the running boards I sort of like the truck without them. We painted the metal tubes with rust-oleum flat black, relatively easy. We painted the plastic end caps with Krylon Fusion Satin; too glossy even in Satin next to the flat black tubes it was too shiny. We bought Krylon Camo Flat Black (same krylon fusion technology for plastic) for the end caps. Got all the paint at Wal-Mart as many had Krylon Fusion but not the black we needed nor the camo.

      Next weekend we took off the rear bumper removing 4 bolts, needed a bit of cheater pipe for this, bumper came right off; twisted the bolt-assemblies a bit removing them but easy to straighten them out in a vice. Removed the plastic cover on the bumper by pinching each clip with some channel locks and applying the least bit of pressure with a LARGE flat head screwdriver from the other side. Got the cover off easily without damaging ONE of the clips.

      Worked our way around the car removing the phillips head screws and the nylon fastners pulling as needed. Front bumper is a bit difficult, remove cowling under hood, 3 bolts underneath, two other bolts way up in each wheel well, must remove plastic wheel well cover first. Very difficult getting socket up in there to remove these bolts, a LONG extenstion would help, these were small, like 8 mm. Broke one off, long story, if it happens to you I can provide our solution. Just unlucky. In fact we broke 3 bolts off and ALL were from the passenger side, rust was heavier on this side and I attribute it to road-salt and slush gathering on that side due to the crown in the road.

      Painting was cake, washed all the plastic really well with strong soap solution, then again with Castrol Super Clean degreaser, again strong. Rinsed, dried then started to paint, followed instructions, weather was perfect, warm and DRY so all went well in the painting. Let everything dry 24 hrs and then we started to put it back together. Only thing difficult was the front bumper b/c we broke the bolt inside the wheel well on the passenger side.



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      You have to host pictures on other sites and link them here for photos.
       
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      [Photo URL fixed]
       
    5. F15E_WSO

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      I thought I was doing that.....

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      Yep, I sort of figured that, had the photos on shutterfly with a hyperlink to it.
      I must have screwed that up. The link should have taken you to the site for the before and after pics

      Thanks much to whomever fixed it and got the photo linked.:salute:
       
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      No problem fellow metro DC area dweller :)
       
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      That looks really good! Nice job! :thumbsup:
       
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      Looks good! I want to do this to my 03 exp sport too. Did you use flat black or satin??
       
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      Same question... do you do the glossy or flat plus gloss?
       
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      I did the same thing to my truck although Id like to redo it and sand down my panels till their nice and flat and then repaint the whole truck black so they match the body nicely. How did you go about removing the panels on the doors are they just held on with adhesive and no clips?
       

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