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Old 08-02-2010, 09:25 AM   #1
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I need some really good pointers on how to prep and paint race plastics can someone help me out?
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:36 AM   #2
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What I do is to start sanding with 600 grit sandpaper, then with 800, you can use primer and when it's dry sand with 1000 grit, then apply basecoat, maybe three coats and if you're feeling brave use 4 coats of clear after wards.

Also, right before you use a diifferent grit (like when you switch to 800 from 600 grit) and before applying basecoat, cleat the piece with denatured alcohol and a tack cloth to make sure you remove dirt and crud and make sure to use the tack cloth, if you use anything else you'll replace the dirt and sanding dust with lint. lol
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Are you using aerosol or a paint gun grubz? Do you plan on doing clear? There are some good paints out now that look really good even without a clear. Especially if you are just stunting or racing with it.
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aerosol.. and its just for my stunt bike..is there s certain can i need to use??.. i planned on going all white but if there is something better i may get ..
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are these the same steps for painting the tank
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Prep:

Drink a 6 pack and stare at it.

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Shake your head and leave it for another day.


Repeat steps one and two repeatedly.
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Nah, just makes a big difference in the prep. You won't have to go all out like hotchcknstrips suggested. I would just do an 800 grit, sand it down smooth then spray away. It will give you a good surface for the paint to stick to. If you were going for a super smooth finish, his way would be the way to go. Just sand it and spray. If you mess it up, sand that spot down and spray again. It will look decent. Try to do it on a less humid day (haha, in htown) and keep the layers thin, that will prevent runs. Good luck. Also, with white, try to make a plastic sealed room to do it in to keep the bugs off it. Those fkrs ruin a paint job really easy.
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