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    ABS plastic, does it need to be primed?

    iv'e got headlight brows on order and there made of abs plastic, the manufacturer says thats its perfect for painting on without any preporation? i already have the paint and lacquar but should i get some primer? have you spray painted over abs before?

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    get some plastic primer when he says no prep he will mean sanding down or smoothing any rough bits off

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    as above, you need to put primer on them unless they come in primer but even then I'd still redo it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevejoshlay5 View Post
    iv'e got headlight brows on order and there made of abs plastic, the manufacturer says thats its perfect for painting on without any preporation? i already have the paint and lacquar but should i get some primer? have you spray painted over abs before?
    If you want the paint to stick to ABS you must prime the surface first. Use a self etch primer, or one of the primers made specially for priming plastic body panels. If you have a problem getting self etch primer in an aerosol, locally, you can get it from Phoenix Precision Paints Ltd. P.O.Box 8238, Chelmsfor, CM1 7WY. website: www.phoenix-paints.co.uk, email: sales@phoenix-paints.co.uk Their part number is PQ1 Single Pack Self Etch Primer Aerosol. It would alkso be useful to have a 125mls tin of their PQ2 Etch Primer Thinners, to degrease the surface of the plastic before priming. Once primed, allow 24 hours for the primer to harden and then you can paint directly on top. The primer is a pale grey colour so most colours will go on top of it. Hope that helps.

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    ok just looked and halfords (around the corner from me) do a plastic primer spray grey...is that ok?

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    yep thats fine

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