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Painting Exterior Plastic

I need some tips/advice on procedures and supplies to use to paint my grille shell and the plastic trim across the tops of my bumpers.

I've seen some exterior plastic/vinyl paint in a rattle can. Is this stuff worth buying? Does it chip/flake really easy? I really don't want to have it done professionaly.

I plan on doing these pieces in black...possibly gloss black for the grill shell, but satin black for everything else... including the interior of the grille.
 
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ProjectAviator

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While I haven't used it, the rattle can paint should be formulated with the proper agents for use on plastics. I would use it on the flexible areas only for the grill shell just use regular auto paint.

Tim
 
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make sure you prep it right with sanding and make sure you put a coat of adhesion promoter spray on the plastics and then a primer that has some build to it. Do lots sanding till smooth then spray your color then several layers of clear. I've done several parts on mine and a year later still looks like the day I painted it. Good luck!
 
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I saw the stuff you painted on the "other" forum and it looks great. I'm not going for the smooth look though. The texture doesn't bother me. The paint I have been looking says to use an ammonia based cleaner and thats it. No other prep work necessary.

I'm about to just Herculine everything, lol.
 
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I'd still sand to give the paint something to stick to. I just painted my grill today and all I did was sand the whole thing with 120 grit. Cleaned it with a all prep solution that you can buy in a spray can. Primered 3 times sanding lightly in between then used a textured black paint. Came out looking damn nice, don't have it on yet but it's looking really good.
 
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Use a red scuff pad to give the paint some bite. It works very well imo.
 
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