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Old 07-21-2018, 09:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1992 Polaris XCR 440 - Repainting the hood.

Hey everyone.

This is going to be a long post. But I hope it helps someone out who is wondering if it's possible to repaint their hood on their own and get good results.

About 2 months ago I had the opportunity to pick up a 1992 XCR 440 with about 2300 miles. Unfortunately it had spent the last couple of years outside in the elements. Resulting in a lot of oxidation on the hood turning it from red to pink.

I decided to paint the hood in my garage and prove out the process before attempting to paint the hood. For paint. I decided on using Rust-Oleum Gloss Enamel (Sun Rise Red) and Rust Oleum Enamel Clear Coat.

My process was the following.

1. Remove Hood and Nose Cone
2. Strip all decals with a heat gun.
3. Remove remaining adhesive using mineral spirits.
4. Scuff down entire hood using red scotch brite. (Plan on 4-5 hours doing this step)
5. Wet sand entire hood with 600 grit
6. Wash entire hood top and bottom to remove all sanding residue and dust and dirt
7. Let dry over night.
8. Check hood again for any problem areas. Correct if necessary.
9. Wash hood again using Dawn dish soap to strip the majority of oil and grease.
10. Allow hood to dry. Use compressed air to blow out trapped water.
11. Construct DIY paint booth using plastic drop sheets from Home Depot.
12. Spray down floor of paint booth to eliminate airborne dust.
13. Bring hood into paint booth.
14. Tape off any sections if necessary.
15. Ventilate paint booth. Turn on exhaust fan.
16. Glove Up. At this point, you don't want any bodily fluid to be transferred to the hood (Sweat and Oils)
17. Wipe down entire hood with grease and wax remover.
18. Wipe down entire hood with a tac cloth.
19. Apply 1st coat of color. Coat should be very light.
20. Wait 5 minute for it to flash
21. Apply 2nd coat of color.
22. Wait 5 minutes for it to flash.
23. Apply 3rd coat of color.
24. Wait for 5 minutes for it to flash.
25. Apply 1st coat of clear. Needs to be light. The clear has a tendency to sag if applied too heavily.
26. Wait 5 minutes for it to flash
27. Apply 2nd coat of clear.
28. Wait 5 minutes for it to flash
29. Apply 3rd coat of clear.
30. Wait for 5 minutes for it to flash.
31. Exit paint booth and keep fan running for the next hour or so.
32. Turn fan off. Seal up the paint booth and let it sit for 24 hours.


Using this process, I ended up with very good results. The key when using this paint is too apply the coats in succession with each other. You can not spray, come back in an hour and then do another coat. This will result in crazing and wrinkling. The corresponding coats need to be applied while they're still wet.

I did end up with a couple of runs/sags in the clear in one area. However this was my fault of applying too much clear in that one area. However, the rest of the hood leveled out very well and I have almost no orange peel and will probably won't wet sand at this point.

Here's the video of paint in process as well as the hood back on the sled. However, the video does not do it justice.


There's also a playlist of everything done to the XCR including the prep and mechanical work done to it so far.

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Old 07-21-2018, 06:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Your results look good, but unless it is the pics, the rusto red does not look the same as the original Polaris red.
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It’s very close to the original. When I stripped all of the decals. The original color was there. I did a small test on the hood next to the original color and it was almost an exact match.

Take a look at the playlist on Youtube. Look for paint test and you’ll see the 2 side by side.
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Your results look good, but unless it is the pics, the rusto red does not look the same as the original Polaris red.
I agree on the color is not quite the same as i recall when owing this sled. I've never attempted painting a hood this way, only chassis's, mainly trailing arms using only polaris paint colors. Good job though.
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I agree on the color is not quite the same as i recall when owing this sled. I've never attempted painting a hood this way, only chassis's, mainly trailing arms using only polaris paint colors. Good job though.
Thanks!

This was the biggest thing I've ever painted as well and agonized over attempting it.

I practiced on a bunch of test pieces to get the process down the and made sure I had the preparation squared away.

I've painted things in the past and they looked like garbage. So I've made it a mission to learn from my mistakes.
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i think it looks fantastic. Great job. Whether it matches or not is neither here nor there, you did good and no one will know the difference when its on the trail.
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