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    I'm thinking about having a go at some painting and was wondering if this LINKY is 'good' enough to do the job? I'm only painting plastics not bodywork/metal.

    (I'll be getting some primer and lacquer too)

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    Here is the LINKY sorry...

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    Should do, even the Halfords spray cans a pretty decent. I did my grille with them and also did my previous Astra's door handles & bump strips with them and paint off fleabay.

    The most important factor in painting seems to be get the prep right.

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    Cheers Knox.

    Prep works includes sanding down well, plenty of primer, paint (couple of coats), lacquer, sand down gently, more lacquer?

    Am I along the right lines there?

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    Thanks for the link rushy. Think that's a little too technical/expensive for what I'm looking at doing. (painting engine cover, battery lid etc...)

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    just make sure you thoroughly clean down with panel wipe (degreaser) and not engine degreaser,before even going near it with your sanding option.I prefer to use a scotch brite as it doesnt damage the plastic to much, if you use an abrasive sandpaper you may get sinkage or scratch lines in your finish. then panel wipe again, use a good quality plastic primer and dont load it on the part, lots of light coats will work much better. then prime carefully sanding between each coat. panel wipe and then apply your finish but again dont lamp it on as all your effort so far will be ruined. laquer would be advised especially if its metalic.

    but dont rush the project, take your time and it will look much better in the end

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    Quote Originally Posted by philgst View Post
    just make sure you thoroughly clean down with panel wipe (degreaser) and not engine degreaser,before even going near it with your sanding option.I prefer to use a scotch brite as it doesnt damage the plastic to much, if you use an abrasive sandpaper you may get sinkage or scratch lines in your finish. then panel wipe again, use a good quality plastic primer and dont load it on the part, lots of light coats will work much better. then prime carefully sanding between each coat. panel wipe and then apply your finish but again dont lamp it on as all your effort so far will be ruined. laquer would be advised especially if its metalic.

    but dont rush the project, take your time and it will look much better in the end

    Cheers mate, much appreciated. Never done paintwork before, thought I might as well give a go at some point

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    Once lacquered, flatten it using very fine wet and dry to remove any fine bumps and lumps, then use a polishing compound to remove the matt effect of the wet & dry, we usually use 3m perfect-it compound, then use a lighter polish then a final top polish to bring back the shine. Prep is the key, prepare the surface, take your time!! Don't be tempted to spray too heavily. Build up the coats and allow to dry in between or the paint can sag or run, plus it takes longer to dry and harden. Just very fine coats or primer and colour, trial and error is the best form of learning. It'll always be harder to get a good result from a spray can more than you will from a paint gun & compressor, but for small projects it's fine.....just be patient, don't rush it and you should be fine

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    and most importantly, wear an appropriate face mask when spraying!

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