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    confused Priming and Painting

    so i need help!!

    ive searched the forums all evening, the how2 section twice, detailing, general, ive search everywhere and i cant find a guide on how to prep, prime and paint plastics on the car! the wing mirror covers are horrifically damaged from some previous lame attempt of redoing and painting them, i dont know if there saveable but im going to give it a go.....





    sorry if im been stupid and cant see the how2 or a guide but ive looked for hours and nothing that actually explains how to do it.... i basically want to know, how many layers or primer, paint and laquer (at least) i need to put on, how long to leave between each coat etc etc, ive got all the bits i need, wet and dry paper, primer, paint, and laquer.... just dont know how to go about doing it! do i just clean it, rub it down, prime, dry, sand down, prime, dry, sand down, paint, sand, paint sand etc etc!!

    just need some help! if theres any links or an actual guide that ive stupidly missed then do guide me happily! or just any help would be appreciated!



    cheers!

    Michael

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    Sand with gradually finer grades of wet n dry, until all marks/chips are feathered out.

    Clean with white spirit

    Prime with a plastic primer

    Prime with a high build primer surfacer

    Sand with vfine wet n dry P1200

    Clean with white spirit

    Apply base coat colour 3 - 4 coats

    Clear Lacquer

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    do i sand between each coat of paint?

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    Quote Originally Posted by treasure22 View Post
    do i sand between each coat of paint?
    Nope after applying the base coat you may need to denib it slighty, if so wait around 20-30 mins for thebase to flash off then lighly sand with some ultra fine wet n dry or a grey scotchbrite preferably.

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    My spray can says to achieve "the best colour match and finish" I have to rub down the final coat of paint with very fine wet'n'dry and then apply laquer... does this sound right??

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    I did with 1500 grit but really wet, and kept applying water, then laquered it.... you'll need cutting compound to get a decent finish though, but I only did sanded the final coat very lightly, just so the laquer has something to bond too

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    G3 compound is the stuff to use for leveling prior to laquering. use it with water.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/FARECLA-G3-REG...item563af78a7a

    they do smaller tubs but this is best value if you anticipate doing lots of respraying. this stuff is coarser than t-cut scratch remover but a bit finer than 1500. you can use it to remove surface scratches but be warned it can cut right through any thin laquer quite quickly.

    Always use enamel laquer on bits like this too - is much much harder wearing than the regular stuff.

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