Specialty Paint

How To – Changing Colors of Interior Plastic Parts

Tags: Specialty Paint · Upholstery Repair

sem38343-vinyl-prepThere are many times that you may want to paint the plastic parts inside of your  vehicle.

With the right preparation and paint selection you can normally get pretty decent results however there are some drawbacks to painting plastic parts that you should understand before you attempt a large project.

The first thing you must realize is that plastic parts have color embedded in the plastic for one reason. Any high wear area that has a paint finish over plastic will deteriorate relatively quickly because of adhesion problems.

The best thing to do when …

How To Identify and Cure Automotive Paint Chipping Defects

Tags: Paint Defects · Specialty Paint

http://www.howtopaintcars.com/wp-content/gallery/paint-defects/paint-chipping.jpg?i=124379936Paint chipping is a very common problem that most cars suffer from. Chipping of paint is a defect that happens after the car has been painted. It is not a defect related to the application of paint its cause is due to impacts of small or large objects usually stones or other debris in the road.

Although there is no way for the automotive paint technician to prevent every defect there are products that can be used to reduce the effects of small objects causing chips around your wheel wells and on your bumpers.

The application of …

How to Prevent and Cure Paint Adhesion Problems on Plastic Parts

Tags: Bumpers · Enamel · Paint Additives · Paint Defects · Specialty Paint · Upholstery Repair · Urethane

http://www.howtopaintcars.com/wp-content/gallery/paint-defects/bumper-paint-peeling.jpg?i=846339010Plastic parts can be the most difficult areas on a vehicle to paint and keep looking good. The problem with plastic parts is that other then bumper covers they normally are designed to be impregnated with color and painting the surface is a restoration option.

Plastic parts are located through out our vehicles and it is important to know and test for the type of plastic before you begin your work.

Once you prep the surface the use of flex agents in most paints is a must. Some products such as vinyl paints and dyes are manufactured …

Should I use Clear Coat over Black Stripes and other Flat Paint?

Tags: Clearcoat · Paint Additives · Specialty Paint

http://www.howtopaintcars.com/wp-content/gallery/sample-cars/1969-ss-camaro.jpg?i=132365440Many stripes on vehicles today are decals. They are applied after the car is painted and made out of a vinyl material that is really a pain in the neck to work with unless you have had some practice.

On older vehicles these stripes are painted on with a flat paint and normally they are not protected with a clear coat but this is not to say you can’t use clear over flat paint.

Obviously if you used standard clear coat paint over flat paint it would look glossy and this is not what you want.

So how …

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