Painting 96-98 Bezels

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  1. the5.ohh

    the5.ohh Legend

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    For my birthday I received a set of "OEM" 96-98 tails off americanmuscle... Long story short they obviously aren't made to OEM specifications and they didn't fit quite right.. So they're being sent back and I'll be purchasing a set of NOS (New Old Stock) 96 97 98 Pacific Green tails off ebay.. I'm going to need to paint the bezels black. Was thinking of just sanding down the bezels, give em 3 or 4 coats of gloss black and a few coats of clear on top. That the best way to go about doing them?
     
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    Dip them in a few gallons of gorilla glue

    Thank me later
     
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    Red scuff pad till there's no shiny left, clean with rubbing alcohol, spray black (assuming you're doing this with spray paint) in medium coats until coverage is achieved. Then two coats of clear, 3 coats if you want but it's not needed.
     
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    I would primer them while you're at it for better adhesion.

    Do it once, do it right.
     
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    whiplash473 Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    No need since they're already painted.
     
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    I just did mine while switching from the 94-95 tails to the vertical ones. They were white when I bought them and painted them black. I have the dark forest green with tan top. Looks really good.
     
  7. 5-oh-MUSTANG

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    Im thinking of plasti dipping mine black. Flat black like the saleen bezels. If i dont like it i can just peal it off. Try it out, if u like the outcome just get them painted like u did with ur mirrors and bumper.
     
  8. jumbowolfe

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    If you're going to use rattle can, go with Duplicolor or something thats a urethane base, with a UV protector built in. If you have a gun, go with PPG or another good base/clear brand. Those tails are in a horrible location for fading, you'll want UV. Don't use Krylon or Rustoleum.

    As said above, scuff, mask red, prime, shoot base, clear, 600 wet sand, clear again, 800 wet sand, clear again, 2000 wet sand, buff.
     
  9. whiplash473

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    Way too many steps for this application. They're already painted so there's no need to prime. And unless they come out dirty there's no need to sand/buff them, especially not sanding down each coat. A urethane base is definitely the way to go, though. Stay away from the super cheap-o paints.