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Old 12-21-2010, 11:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm thinking about changing the color of my red 2007 phazer, to do so I am contemplating if I should paint the plastic panels to the desired color or not. If anyone here has any experience with painting plastics, or has painted a sled before, please help me out here, lol. What kind of paint should I use?

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Should be possible. Saturns are plastic. So are the outer shell of GMC duallie truck beds. They get painted. If you are just going over the red panels, you might do well to just take it in to a GM dealer recommended shop that will work on Saturns.
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your going to have to wet sand it or at least use a super fine dry sanding to scuff it a bit, then use a high quality acrylic paint that is rated for plastics and fiberglass. finish it with clear just like a normal paint application. ONe such paint that is available in spray form is Krylon Fusion which is available typically at walmart
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I would highly recommend taking the panels to a local body shop. I think You will be very disappointed with the durability & results of a back yard paint job.....Also, I'd advise against painting textured plastic...I know people do it but twenty some years experience...I won't even do it for people.
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none of the red panels are textured, so im good their.
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none of the red panels are textured, so im good their.
If You prep em Yourself & go with a color they have on the shelf, You'll be way ahead in the long run... Wax & grease remover- X 2,scuff with red scotchbrite .I personally like the red, but to each his own.
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your going to have to wet sand it or at least use a super fine dry sanding to scuff it a bit, then use a high quality acrylic paint that is rated for plastics and fiberglass. finish it with clear just like a normal paint application. ONe such paint that is available in spray form is Krylon Fusion which is available typically at walmart
this is not true. factory panels are painted. if you paint it you are painting over paint. not plastic. I paint my hood every year and always have used automotive acrylic base and clear. krylon looks horrible compared to a base/clear job, and is not needed
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what sled have you ever seen with paint?...everthing i have owned and looked closely at is a colored abs plastic or fiberglass... this includes the f7 in my garage... I do however agree that yes the krylon will look nowehere near as nice but the average person doesnt have access to hvlp guns and a booth to work in hence why i mentioned it.

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this is not true. factory panels are painted. if you paint it you are painting over paint. not plastic. I paint my hood every year and always have used automotive acrylic base and clear. krylon looks horrible compared to a base/clear job, and is not needed
Some sleds have colored plastics or color impregnated plastic. The front cowl on Nytros and Phazers I believe is a colored plastic. I know the hood and console on XPs are color impregnated.
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your going to have to wet sand it or at least use a super fine dry sanding to scuff it a bit, then use a high quality acrylic paint that is rated for plastics and fiberglass. finish it with clear just like a normal paint application. ONe such paint that is available in spray form is Krylon Fusion which is available typically at walmart
Exactly what I was going to say. I've painted other plastic items over the years, and had enough bad outcomes that the only thing I'd ever use now is paint that specifies it's for plastic applications.

I just repainted my Civic wheel covers a couple months ago, and used Krylon Fusion in satin silver metallic. Here's a picture of a freshly painted one vs how they looked before.



So far, they've held up fine against brake dust, rain, snow, and salt.
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