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    Going to be replacing door mirror housing on my wife's Signum this w/e, bought a replacement off ebay that was billed as being in primer, but sure looks like plain grey plastic to me. Anyway, this is my plan:

    Coat of primer, followed by second coat of primer.

    Smooth down with wetted fine grade wet&dry (any recommendations on what grade?)

    First coat of paint, followed by second coat, followed by third coat.

    First coat of lacquer, followed by second coat.

    Haven't done spray painting for yonks....anyone have any comments on above plan? Ta.

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    Although I'm no spray painter , that is exactly how I would go about it , just be sure not to be too generous with it , you will end up with runs , probably better with 3 or 4 liberal coats than 2 bulletproof ones lol.

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    Oh ye , make sure that it's really clean b4 u start , I dunno if there is some sort of special degreaser/cleaner especially for the job , good luck mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poves View Post
    Oh ye , make sure that it's really clean b4 u start , I dunno if there is some sort of special degreaser/cleaner especially for the job , good luck mate.
    You're right - I forgot to mention the pre-paint wipedown. Should have remembered that after the way Edd China goes on about it on Wheeler Dealers.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas1 View Post
    You're right - I forgot to mention the pre-paint wipedown. Should have remembered that after the way Edd China goes on about it on Wheeler Dealers.....
    Ye , have u noticed how tall he is , or is that other guy mike a dwarf lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by poves View Post
    Ye , have u noticed how tall he is , or is that other guy mike a dwarf lol
    They're both abnormal lol

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    1200 Grit is what I used on the primer. Then ages with a gutting compound and polish on the dry lacquer to get a perfect finish.

    Lots of thin coats is the key
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Sig View Post
    1200 Grit is what I used on the primer. Then ages with a gutting compound and polish on the dry lacquer to get a perfect finish.

    Lots of thin coats is the key
    T-Cut as the cutting compound? Or is T-Cut too harsh for fresh lacquer?

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    TBH I bought some cutting compount from halfords - in a yellow tube. It seemed to do the job. The I used some old metallic t-cut I found in the garage, then AG super resin polish followed by a Petes 53 Wax. No scratches, just a perfect shine. It took me ages mind you.

    I know what people will say about t-cut, but it worked perfectly for me
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    1200 grade wet and dry is good for what you are doing ... make sure you rub down before any undercoat is applied to give it a good key and rub down between all coats ... i take it the paint is metalic... if not you should not need lacquer ... dont forget the pics... i have posted my side skirts being painted on here if its any help

    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas1 View Post
    Going to be replacing door mirror housing on my wife's Signum this w/e, bought a replacement off ebay that was billed as being in primer, but sure looks like plain grey plastic to me. Anyway, this is my plan:

    Coat of primer, followed by second coat of primer.

    Smooth down with wetted fine grade wet&dry (any recommendations on what grade?)

    First coat of paint, followed by second coat, followed by third coat.

    First coat of lacquer, followed by second coat.

    Haven't done spray painting for yonks....anyone have any comments on above plan? Ta.

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