Originally Posted by jeep, jeep
Curious as to how well paint adheres to this material. Any one know 1st or 2nd hand? Anyone know a good spray paint match for jeep's red?
Here's what ya do...using either 320 grit sandpaper wet, or red Scotchbrite dry, put some tooth on that plastic. Trot yourself down to your local auto body supply store, get either a rattle can or a pint/quart of Bulldog (if you are using HVLP equipment). This stuff is a flex/adhesion enhancer, works REAL well on plastic, flares, or when you shoot your hardtop. After you get good tooth, use a tack rag LIGHTLY and tack off the surface, then spray on a coupla decent coats of Bulldog...two coats are all that are necessary. Then shoot your color over that.
Now, about matching that paint...you're gonna have your new friends at the auto body supply store help you with that one...find the paint code on the vehicle...provide it to them and they can get you matching paint. Ya gotta keep in mind that new paint will never match aged paint, although there are some painters and paint mixers that can come within about 10%...
If you can't find the paint code, a lotta those supply stores can use their computer to shoot the surface your vehicle and it will come back with the proper code...failing that, the store will have a color chip book, and you can match the paint up to the year and make of your vehicle, and from there to the color chip.
Red is the worst of all colors in terms of fading, oxidyzing, and just plain wearing out. Don't expect miracles...also, it may be that your vehicle has been repainted previously and then all bets are off, you'll have to resort to the computer matching, or guess.
Many, but not all, autobody paint suppliers can package the proper color in rattle cans...BUT not just one, you're gonna have to buy multiple cans...which ain't a bad idea anyway, really..