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    Thumbs Up Spraying My Bumpstrips!

    Hey!

    Finally removed my bumpstrips from my Astra G (3 door) after researching and making sure I knew exactly what I was doing, see thread below...

    http://www.astraownersclub.com/vb/sh...d.php?t=199081

    I got them off, and gave them a bloody good clean



    I then taped up the holes with maskin tape so I didn't get any water in the door cards

    Gave all the strips a wash in warm soapy water, and I began sanding with the help of my mate from C2 SPORTS club, we used 400 Grit sandpaper, but the textured plastic just didn;t seem to budge... so we got a little rough, and got out some rough, harsh 80
    Now we were talkin bye bye textured plastic.

    Once we got rid of the texture, we used 120 grit, the picture below shows the progress form 80 (top strip) to 120 (bottom strip)


    80 to 120

    Starting to get somewhere, we then used 240 grit, again the picture below shows the progress from 120 to 240, top strip is 120, bottom is 240


    120 to 240

    A little difficult to tell by the pictures, but it's definately getting smoother finally we went from 240 to 600, and it felt smooth enough to me Top strip is 240, bottom is 600


    240 to 600

    Happy, and arm aching it took us a couple of hours, found it difficult getting round the corners. The picture below compares our final result with a standard, un-sanded strip.


    Sanded vs. Unsanded

    So... it started to get dark, so we called it a day, gave them all a wash, and I'll prime them up tomorrow with the plastic primer i bought from halfrauds (I was told specifically to use PLASTIC primer)

    Oh... this picture is a little random, but when I got in my house, and had my tea, I couldn;t help but take a picture of my new friend/mod!


    Wonder if this adds BHP!?


    To be continued...
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    Looks like you went to alot of trouble there for no real reason mate, you could have just keys the surface, plastic primered them then used high build primer until all the textures effect had gone smooth, quick wet and dry and they are ready for the top coat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dell Balallan View Post
    Looks like you went to alot of trouble there for no real reason mate, you could have just keys the surface, plastic primered them then used high build primer until all the textures effect had gone smooth, quick wet and dry and they are ready for the top coat.
    Haha, now you tell me
    Oh well, something to do on a tuesday afternoon
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    Kept you out of trouble anyway!

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    indeed
    and it's good practice for when I spray my Centre Console
    Can;t wait to sand that buggar! I bet it will be difficult
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    i rubbed my down until the texture effect had gone smooth. took a few hours but worth it

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    Quote Originally Posted by payne View Post
    i rubbed my down until the texture effect had gone smooth. took a few hours but worth it
    Yer, I had the impression that preperation was vital to having a good finish
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    thats the way i was told buy a few people, mine come out and look wicked. i dont mine over the course of 3days

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    Just out of interest, where did you buy ur paint from?
    Did you sue plastic primer?
    And how many coats did you use of each? Primer? Spray? Laquer?
    Did you wet sand with 1200 between each spray? or between each coat?
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    i used i think it was 300 or 500 ml cans one can of each, grey plastic primer, i got it all from halfords after you primed them wait until they dry then use very fine wet & dry over lighty then spray away. then what to its fully dry then wack the laquer on

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