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ckissick Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:45 pm

What's a good, durable flat black spray paint to spruce up all my exterior black pieces such as the door handles and side mirrors? I've painted these things on other cars, but the spray can paint always scratches and chips off so easily. Can anybody recommend a good procedure and rattle can paint so I can do it myself?

1621 Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:49 pm

You could try using Krylon Fusion paint, or something designed specifically for plastic. I've had good results with Rustoleum made for plastic on the front grill, and on some plastic items on my other vehicle. Just find some random piece/part/whatever to test it on before hitting your own vehicle.


ckissick Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:56 pm

The mirrors are plastic, but other parts like the door handles appear to be metal. Is there another paint I should be using?

msinabottle Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:15 pm

Use the Krylon Fusion plastic paint for the mirror backs, but do what they say about the surface prep--that plastic needs to be clean and prepped for that good paint to stick.

For the handles, have a look at...


Something to go on!


ckissick Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:24 pm

Looks like it's Krylon, with the bake at 200 degrees for the handles. Thanks!

mtodd Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:26 am

I've used rustoleum black matte finish on bumper, grill, mirror, windshield wipers, and The stripe. With good results.

Here is a before and after. Not the best pictures.

mtodd Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:29 am

Still not a great picture. The grills, bumper, and underskirt used to be three different colors. My mirrors were very washed out gray.

mtodd Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:30 am

Cad cut magnet

airkooledchris Thu Mar 01, 2007 1:17 pm

nice work, I like what you did with the stripe especially.
simple and effective

vwjedi Thu Mar 01, 2007 1:51 pm

I've done alot of body/paint work over the years. My own projects and for "chain" store body shops. You can have good results with rattle can stuff, usually a year or so will be the life of the finish.

Weather or not you go with proffesional grade spray gun poly-urethanes or cans, in real estate it's: location,location,location

In paint jobs it's: prep work,prep work, prep work

Check out the paint and body section on the forums, lotsa info over there. We are a bunch of backyard grease monkey hacks around here. :wink:

vwjedi Thu Mar 01, 2007 1:59 pm

I allways say don't be afraid to do it yourself. You don't have to get a high dollar gun. Get a $75 HVLP from Home Depot, borrow a freind's compressor and do it up mang. :wink:

I went to the local paint supply shop. They found the OG color: Vesuve Metalic Grey, mixed me up a pint. I sprayed my bumpers and grill to match the body, and sprayed the air intakes, lower grill and wiper arms deep black in the garage over a weekend. Primer, color, clear coat. Walah!

msinabottle Thu Mar 01, 2007 3:03 pm

That is a lovely job and very good paint matching.


psych-illogical Fri Mar 02, 2007 9:16 am

Yeah man. That matching grill looks great.

vwjedi Sat Mar 03, 2007 5:41 pm

Gosh thanks guys. :oops:

Hope this inspires others to pick up a spray gun and have fun. :wink:

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