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Old 14-04-2004   #1
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Spraying mirrors??

I have a MK2 punto sporting in the Calypso Orange colour or whatever it is suppose to be...I cant really afford to go out and buy some new top of the range mirrors so am thinking of spraying them the same colour as the car......

Is there any specialist paint that I need as I know the mirrors are some form of plastic...

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One tip, leave this sort of thing to the pros, go down to local fiat place and ask if they could help you out, can spray always comes out crap, and the ammount youll have to spend on paint and lacker and time and effort, it just aint worth it! Im sure they would spray them up for a few quid!

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not exactly true, i've seen show cars that were painted with cans. if you prime and sand the casing properly and spend time on preperation, you'll get a good finish. any monkey can spray paint. it takes a clever one to get the surface right. remember any imperfection will multiply once paint is applied. Don't paint the flexible rubber bit on the mirror and use special plastic primer

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I'd tend to side with Mr Chunk on this one. I'm involved with painting plastic bits for a living - you need the correct prep, primer and paint.

The paint should be a 2 Pack - i.e Paint, Catalyst and Thinners mixed together - the Catalyst makes the paint go hard, the thinners thins it out so that it sprays out OK.

Unless you have suitabel spraying equipment, the finish will never be as good as the professional will get it.

Also, decent paint shops will mix the paint themselves on a "Weight Mix System" and match to the specific batch of Calypso Orange Paint that your car was sprayed with at the factory.

Also - remeber that Paint chips when stones hit it. Black Plastic doesn't...

... your call...



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you can get ok results with cans, plastik primer and double acrylic top coat.

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is the material that plastic mumpy crap?kus u dont wanna spray them u wont get a good finish....same as the bumpers
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if you put enough paint on the bumpyness goes smooth;)

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i have done my bumpers and i am about to d omy mirrors as soon as i get a nice day off!! i used plastic primer (3 coats) the colour (3 coats) and a laquer (2 coats) and now it looks the busness yes granted it is not as smooth as the colour coded bumpers but it is still smooth to touch and if you look at it you would think it is suposed to be like that!!

mk2 punto in white, blue interior and more neons joining the car every day!! looking for ideas!!
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well i cant argue against what people have done...but in my past experiance they go bumpy an peel off, but im not always rite i guess ;)
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that's if you don't use proper primer

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hmmm, my m8 did it wit his bumpers an did it all propelly usin a compresser etc (not a bodged job) an they were c*ap, maybe its kus a bumpers a bigger serface area or sumit
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ive done bobly bumper on a n**a before its still ok looks like it was made white, that was with airarsesoles, lots of plastic primer then lots of normal primer then lots of double accrlic top coat.

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hmmmm i dunno then, mite b the weather,i still prefer the proper finish ;), ichi how'd it come out by the way?
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when i did the n**a bumper we where decorating a bedroom so i sprayed it in there as it didn't matter about mess, so weather was not a problem.

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ive done a bit of spraying with cans and it really is down to the effort you put in

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