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Unread 12-29-2008, 06:51 PM   #1
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Painting Half Door Inner Panels (Or Painting Plastic)

My [YJ half door] inner panels look terrible - faded and some sort of chemical/water stains on them. I would like them to be a nice black again, but I've never painted plastic. Any suggestions?

Thanks,
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Unread 12-29-2008, 07:00 PM   #2
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I picked up fabric paint at my local autobody shop when I refinished my full doors. The paint worked perfectly on my fabric doors--no cracks, fading, anything. When I purchased my half doors, I used the same product. Worked wonders on my plastic interior panels as well.

Product: SEM Colorcoat. Here's a link to the product. Not where I bought it, but you get the idea.

http://www.yourautotrim.com/semdye.html

Clean the surface properly, apply in coats, and you will not be disappointed.
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Unread 12-29-2008, 07:04 PM   #3
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Krylon Fusion is wonderful spray paint made to adhere to plastic. Also Dupli-color has trim paint in typical interior colors that works well. You just need to make sure they are CLEAN before painting.(probably lots of build-up of armor-all etc) Dupli-color also has an adhesion promoter that should be applied after cleaning, and before finish coat(s)
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Unread 12-30-2008, 08:23 PM   #4
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I ended up going with the Krylon Fusion as that was what was available at the first store I stopped at today. We'll see how it turns out in a few hours!
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Unread 12-31-2008, 12:13 AM   #5
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have any pics of the finished product?
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Unread 12-31-2008, 06:02 AM   #6
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Good luck with it. It should turn out great. I used Fusion 4 years ago on some patio furniture, it's still holding up just fine.
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Unread 01-02-2009, 03:49 PM   #7
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Here's a couple low quality pics of the final product taken with my iPhone. The paint only suggests that you clean the plastic with an amonia based cleaner (Windex) before painting, so that's all I did. They turned out great. I used two cans total.

36 hours of drying:



On my jeep. They used to be super faded grey. Interior look so much nicer as a whole now that everything matches again!

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Unread 01-02-2009, 03:59 PM   #8
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Wow you done a really good job on them. Did you use a clear coat on there? Does anyone use clear coat or is it just a waste of time and money?
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Unread 01-02-2009, 04:00 PM   #9
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Great Job. They look GREAT!
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Unread 01-02-2009, 04:04 PM   #10
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I can honestly say that I did less prep and post work for this paint than anything... ever. Even less than the time I blasted "HAMMERTIME" onto the bottom of the stop sign on my corner. At least for that I had to make a stencil, but I digress...

I only cleaned the panels with generic Windex and painted them. No clear coat afterwards. I used Krylon Fusion Satin black. Kinda wished I used flat black - it's a bit more glossy that I expected from a satin finish.

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Unread 01-02-2009, 04:08 PM   #11
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does it scratch easily?

try lightly scraping a fingernail on it
if it peals, you didnt prep enough

looks great BTW
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Unread 01-02-2009, 04:14 PM   #12
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Does not scratch easily. I tried that on the bottom.

Like I said, I did exactly what the can said to do. I was simply communicating my surprise that was all the can suggested. In the future, if the paint starts to get ugly, I will re-post to this thread with an update.
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Anybody else wondering what's up with the stop sign?
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