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Old 06-06-2011, 03:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm sure this has been covered before but I was wanting to know how people went about painting their hoods, what kind of paint and everything?
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Old 06-07-2011, 02:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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light sand if hood is in good shape, clean clean clean. I used some plastic paints they use in auto shops you can find at your local hardwear stores, and lots of clear. Been holdint up on a few hoods ive done for buddys, Iam to hard on my sleds my hoods just get smashed up every season.
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well as far as paint goes use PlastiKote bumper paint. I got it at Fleet Farm. It worked great on my windshield. As far as preping the hood i have no clue
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Old 06-08-2011, 04:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I haven't repainted any hoods from anything within the last 8 years only fixed cracks. I did paint a Indy late 80's wedge hood a couple of weeks ago. I work at a body shop so I only use automotive paints. I have heard of good results using the plastic paint for small interior car parts. Most of the older hoods are painted anyway so it really won't help anyway because they are made for raw plastics.

I guess it comes down to the condition of the sled and how much you want to spend. Ive have seen some decent spray can jobs that dont look bad from 20 ft and for a $500 beater I would have done the same.

I sanded the entire hood down with a DA and 320 sandpaper and a 3M scotch brite pad for the areas I coulnd't get at. My hood had some light scratches that need some primer. I again sanded the primered areas with 320 and used a base coat clear coat system.
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I haven't repainted any hoods from anything within the last 8 years only fixed cracks. I did paint a Indy late 80's wedge hood a couple of weeks ago. I work at a body shop so I only use automotive paints. I have heard of good results using the plastic paint for small interior car parts. Most of the older hoods are painted anyway so it really won't help anyway because they are made for raw plastics.

I guess it comes down to the condition of the sled and how much you want to spend. Ive have seen some decent spray can jobs that dont look bad from 20 ft and for a $500 beater I would have done the same.

I sanded the entire hood down with a DA and 320 sandpaper and a 3M scotch brite pad for the areas I coulnd't get at. My hood had some light scratches that need some primer. I again sanded the primered areas with 320 and used a base coat clear coat system.
Automotive paint is best if you want a good quality paint job. They need to have an additive used to keep them flexible or it will crack if the hood flex's to much.
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