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Painted Pillar Trim

BigRondo

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I just checked the pillars after letting them dry for 3+ hours and they weren't smooth at all. The first time I did them they where very smooth throughout.

So I'm thinking that I might have been impatient. I resprayed the clear and this time I will give it the full 24 hours before tossing in the towel.

I will post up my results tomorrow at about this same time. Wish me luck. :p:
 


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JoshMcMadMac

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You have repainted several times in a very short period, which can also be an issue.
 




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I had painted my pillar trim a couple years ago and the roof rack looked fine at the time. However, in the last couple months I noticed the roof rack's paint went really quickly...it was suddenly half white and looked like crap.
So today I took the rack off, bead blasted it, dipped it in Alodine, and repainted it black...looks great again!
It wasn't that tough to do either...so if you are already gonna paint your pillar trim, take a careful look at the roof rack because it may not be far behind.
 




BigRondo

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The pillars came out pretty bad. I was hoping some time on the Ex in the sun would fix them but no luck there. I will get some pics up. All is not lost. I stumbled upon this thread last night: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=353847

I don't know how I missed it. Looks like there may be some hope for the pillars after-all!! :biggthump

I plan on doing the roof racks too but I will cover that in a different thread.

Thanks again for all the help. :D
 




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BigRondo, I'm glad you found my thread and it gave you new hope.


I believe your problem was that you are using a gloss black and then trying to clear over that.

Basically, the slow-curing clear in the single stage black is reacting against the speed of the clear-only spay.

If you're doing a separate clear coat (2 stage) you can't use a gloss due to the different cure rates of the clears. You need to either: flat black>clear or just use a single stage (gloss) black.

Hope that helps a little. I would go into a little more detail but I'm all drugged up from a recent back surgery and it took me 30minutes to write what i did.
 




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BigRondo, I'm glad you found my thread and it gave you new hope.


I believe your problem was that you are using a gloss black and then trying to clear over that.

Basically, the slow-curing clear in the single stage black is reacting against the speed of the clear-only spay.

If you're doing a separate clear coat (2 stage) you can't use a gloss due to the different cure rates of the clears. You need to either: flat black>clear or just use a single stage (gloss) black.

Hope that helps a little. I would go into a little more detail but I'm all drugged up from a recent back surgery and it took me 30minutes to write what i did.

Thanks for the info. I had no idea. :dunno: I guess I will try it again with flat black and clear. I know mine won't come out as good as yours but I'm gonna try.

Hope you feel better soon. :thumbsup:
 




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I am going to do this to mine except body color which is mineral grey metallic.
 




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Sorry to revive yet another old thread (Im bad for that)... Would a similiar process be used for a 2nd generation Explorer???
 




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