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Outside door pillar discolored

Discussion in 'Body Work & Detailing' started by Jason94sport, April 17, 2018.

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  1. Jason94sport

    Jason94sport Well-Known Member

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    Any info on how to fix this? Everything else is black but this 1 pillar on the passenger side for some reason.
    It's like a ashy gray.
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  3. Mr. Alligator

    Mr. Alligator Active Member

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    Black spray paint. Tape and cover parts you do not want to paint. Easy, and will look great.

    Good luck.
     
  4. Jason94sport

    Jason94sport Well-Known Member

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    IDK, With the FL weather I've had painted parts look like garbage after a few months. I was looking into maybe some sort of plastic dye?
     
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    I have always thought that part was metal. Maybe just repaint every few years. I am not aware of any other options that are more effective, except of course to spray paint that is much higher quality.

    Good luck.
     
  6. MONMIX

    MONMIX I fix dents Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Rattle can.
    Trust me.
     
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    That has definitely been my answer, and I have been please enough with the results... but wouldn't a purist insist on better quality paint, like maybe two part epoxy, and therefore have – at least slightly --- better results?
     
  8. toypaseo

    toypaseo Flunked daycare Elite Explorer

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    You could visit a vinyl sign shop, vinyl wrap shop, or something along those lines, and see if they could cover it :dunno:
     
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    My old boss did that to a vintage Cadillac with roof,really turned sharp. Simulated Leopard. Good luck!
     
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    Mine is looking like this as well and I remember a member of our Mustang club painted the B pillars of his 90's Mustang because of the same issue. I asked him what he used and this is what he suggested:
    Eastwood Plastic Resurfacer Matte Black Aerosol

    He is really happy with how it worked on his Mustang.
     
  11. 97-V8-AWD

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    Oxidation of the black pillars on the side and trunk (and the windshield wiper arms) is a known issue with Explorers. My '97 had it much worse than yours. The answer is to wet sand them, then tape them off with garbage bags. Do a quick wipe down with a cloth soaked in isopropyl alcohol, then spray them with rattle-can automotive primer and finally a few coats of Rusto-Oleum black trim paint.
    I don't think this approach would be great for a car, but the results look fine for an SUV/truck.

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    I ended up using an aluminum trim paint made by Duplicolor sold at AutoZone. I'm pretty happy with how it came out!
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  13. gmanpaint

    gmanpaint It's Always Something! Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Believe it or not, all I did was scuff and shoot clear on them to bring them back to life. No colored paint needed, and back to black.
     

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