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Ive got a realated tip.
For you guys with the 94+ texture, if you need to rejuvinate your parts, Duplicolor Bumper Coating exactly matches the factory hue and sheen on the 94+ texture. I painted some of my door trims with this and when holding them next to an unpainted piece, it's impossible to tell the difference. I went forward and painted all the hard plastic in my interior with this stuff and it looks great.
What if i have some deep scratches in the plastic? Can i sand it down or is there a filler i can use before applying the plasti-dip. OR will the plasti-dip fill in the scratches? Thanks- C.T.
I noticed that with a few coats of the plasti-dip some scratches filled in. I'll be doing this again later, as the first attempt was hardly worth it(felt like i did more bad than good). Just no time soon.
As far as scratches you could sand them out with a courser paper, unless they are too deep (not too hard to figure out once you start sanding) then you will have to follow up with finer paper to get the courser sandpaper scratches out. If they are too deep, the best thing to use is a flexable primer made for plastics. **must be flexable or will chip & crack easily. If really deep or gouged/cracked/broken, use a plastic filler (two part mix) that kinda works like bondo (sands alot harder though) once sanded smooth coat w/primer and sand again. There is many diffrent companies that sell this stuff, so it shouldn't be too hard to find. My best advice is to find a Automotive Paint store for the best supplies, although auto zone/advance & other auto stores normally carry something that will work. Takes lots of time + some $ to be done right and last, but worth it! Since it cost alot more to replace it!
Guys, this stuff is good stuff. Looks and feel and very close to the stock panels, but if you never told anyone you painted them, they would never know. Feels very durable but time will tell.
I did the driver and passenger panels and center console, and I don't plan on doing the hood or ac surround as they look so close to the same that there isn't a need for it at this point.
Lets see how it holds up next year. Granted, I shimmy in and out of my car like it's made out of gold, but still this stuff, I think, will hold up much better than the stock finish, lets just see what a little sun does to it after a couple years.
So I recently did this with some panels that I had picked up. I ended up buying a new center panel from Malloy, so I used that as a template of sorts and based my trial and errors on that.
I had some different bumper paints and other black paint and all turned out like crap. I was wandering through Lowes last week and ran across some of the Plasti Dip and remembered this thread and said to myself "Yea! Now I can finally finish these things." Well, after prepping one panel, I put a couple of coats on it and didn't like how it turned out. Perhaps I did it wrong, but I wasn't a fan of the texture. Sure, it may hold up, but it didn't match.
Long story short, about four coats of Rustolium professional flat black enamel and we're good to go. I'll take some shots very soon of the A/C panel I did mated up to the new factory console.
As far as prep, sanding the old stuff off sucked. I used some ~800 grit and wet sanded, followed by 1500 grit wet sanding. Four light coats later...pure beauty. Again, bear with me for the pics. They're coming.
i also tried using the plasti spray... came out with alot of bubbles... not sure if i did it right but i ended up getting some SEM flat black spray not a match but it does come out pretty decent and pretty easy to apply as well vs the plasti spray
The reason it is coming out bubbled and textured with the plasti-dip is because you didn't follow the directions on the can or the ones here.
This isn't like shooting your normal rattle can spray paint....you have to spray ALOT one EACH coat to get the smooth finish. If you are trying to do building coats, it isn't going to be smooth. Spray until it is shiny smooth, then spray some more.
You are probably going to jack a panel or two up and have to remove it and start again before you get it down.
This is what it should look like when you are done, smooth finish with a slight rubbery feel....it shouldn't be textured at all.
i did spray it thick it came out quite nice and smooth when wet, but as it gassed out it kinda had bubbles (maybe i didn't clean it well enough?) well anyways i do have to admit it's quite scratch resist and if u screw up, thats okay just peel it off like a sunburn....
I did a little testing with just an old plastic planter pot, sprayed it on heavy like I did my panels, then after it was completely dry, I started putting knicks in it and scratches and whatnot, and then I tried repairing the scratches by just over coating which had great results, and on the knicks I filled it with a tiny craft paint brush and let it dry until it was as level and filled as I could get, then I shot a couple good coats over it, again with great results.
To put the scratches and knicks it it though, I actually had to really dig at it with my fingernail to actually split it rather than just put an indentation in it.
So basically if you don't **** it up too bad, you can repair it and no one will ever know. Very durable so far, but like I said a while back....lets let the sun back on it and a few years go by before I really believe in it.
Mine have been on for 6 months and still look like the day I painted them.
Granted....I'm still not finished with the motor work so I haven't drive in it yet.
I really do think this stuff will work as a 93 finish copy cat. I know mine will last a long time because of the way I treat the car as I am **** about the smallest things and taking car of my vehicles in the excess.
But if I can ever find a complete 94 finish panel set, I'd chuck these in a heartbeat.