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    Massive help needed with painting the bump strips and side skirts for a door!!

    hi all. ive just bought my astra, its metallic black and im wanting to colour code the side skirts and door strips. from reading all the other posts i kind of understand how to do it but i need confirmation from the pros lol
    • wash all the plastic
    • smooth down using sand paper.
    • apply a few layers of a plastic primer.
    • apply a few layers of high build primer. (whats the difference between the two primers?)
    • apply the paint colour.
    • apply the laquer.
    bearing in mind to take my time and allowe 10-15 mins between each layer. i remember tryin to ting my rear lights on my corsa b, i kept applying the blak paint wanting to go darker and darker and then when i applied the laquer it made the whole thing go like treacle and it just scraped off.

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    p.s thanks to everyone in advance

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    I was advised to do 2 thick layers of lacquer but decided to follow the instructions on the tin and apply it is lots of thin layers, Worked fine for me. I also tried to keep sanding to a minimum, I don't believe in sanding off stuff I paid time and money putting on.

    Same with the paint, 3 or 4 thin layers leaving 10-15 mins between and then leave for at least 24 hours before putting lacquer on.
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    plastic primer will bite into the plastic and give the primer/paint on top something to stick to

    high build primer is thicker and will fill in any texture left over

    do thin coats of paint and lacquer

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    agreed, I went for a couple coats of plastic primer and then a few coats of high build. If I had to do it again, I would spend a lot more time trying to sand away the texture of the bump strips cause you can still see it even with high build primer (maybe I should have used more?)
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    I always degrease a plastic panel and use Adhesionaid first as you wont get no flaking of the paint and just glues the primer to plastic then put the high build primer on

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