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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-29-2012
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Question Painting plastic

Do not ask me why, because I really don't know why I want to do this, but I am wanting to paint the radiator cover on my 2013. Are there any issues with doing this? I wonder that the plastic may be too flexible to hold up, or that it may require something besides a paint.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-29-2012
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If it is that rough textured plastic I think it is, it should allow paint to adhere very well and last a while. There are plenty of cars with painted radiator covers and they are even for sale. Some guys have flames on there!

post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-29-2012
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Do you mean the flat, horizontal piece the hood prop rod clips onto? If so, at least one online vendor (can't recall which) offers those painted to match the various body colors, and I've seen plenty of pics of home-brewed paint jobs, some with elaborate graphics. So I don't think there would be any issues, given proper preparation.

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Option 1. Krylon Fusion
Option 2. Duplicolor Adhesion Promotor and top coat with rattle can paint of your choice.

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I saw a photo of someone who did this it made much more of a differance than I would have guessed. Go for it.

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The vendor I couldn't recall last night is American Muscle. Note that you can select the color of your car and see exactly what it would look like. As Strange Mud says, it's a bigger difference than one might think. I've been considering painting mine.

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I hadn't seen that at American Muscle before. I wonder how it compares in cost to having a shop do it? A moot topic since it does not say that it will fit the 2013. I had been looking at one of the spray kits that has everything to do the job, but at $55/kit, it would not take long to make that not worth while.
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I have seen a lot of people with painted covers, but it concerns me because mine is all burnt up and scarred from the hood prop touching it when the engine bay is hot. If you invest in some hood struts and get rid of the prop, I think it would be a great show addition as that part doesn't ever get hot except in the spots the prop touches.

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I'am painting mine.I think it will look sharp. I also have the Sterling grey color. I am using the same principle as painting my coil covers. I will scuff the plastic with a scotch pad then use an adhesion promotor, primer, paint, and clear followed by color sand buff and wax. I went to the local NAPA and they mixed me up the color in a spray can for $20.00.
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