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Okay so I got old hood vents from the junkyard sanded them down a bit and painted them with generic flat black paint. Then i put gloss clear coat on it and I can't really wash them, they look like crap in some places after washing it. Also I got OEM mirror housings that I sanded and painted the same way and they look like crap, I don't get it and i clearly don't know how to do this so any help would be cool. Also if I were to have someone paint it how much would that run, just 2 mirrors and 2 280zx hood vents ?

 

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well with painting what i would suggest since your probably using a spray can. is when you sand the item down start with a coarse (60grit) to remove the paint. then move to 220, 400, 800 with a wetsand. then spray the flat black on. after doing that use a glossy black. and then a clear coat if you want. i wouldnt use the clear coat if you plan on painting the whole car in the future. but if you just want it to look nice for a little then what i said should work. if you choose you can wetsand inbetween layers to make it look better. like after the flat-black you can wetsand with a very fine 1000grit. then spray another layer or move to the gloss

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Be care full with 60 grit on plastic, if your using a d.a. anyway. I personally would use 100 grit at the finest, even by hand. I would rather sand more with 100 then sand less with 60 then have to sand again to get the 60 grit scratches out lol.

 

Also 1k grit just for a rattle can paint job is over kill. 250-450 grit for rattle can paint is just fine. I also wouldn't clear it, gloss or sg will be just fine. clear will crack on you very quickly.

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This is what I just learned at my age. I have always cleaned everything that I was going to paint with lacquer thinner and most time had lifting, wrinkles, etc no matter how I prepped the item. At this late date, I have just learned that doing this is a great thing to do for cleaning; but, bleieve it or not, lacquer thinner leaves it's own residue. AFTER cleaning with laquer thinner, you MUST use what most paint shops call "prepaint" (many different brands) and wipe everything down with it. It is a solution that cleans off the lacquer thinner residue and anything else. You would not believe the difference. An idiot can get good jobs using this stuff and it is cheap.

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i painted my vents that i got at the junkyard they were chalki because of the sun dried them out. but I just sanded them with some fine sandpaper and used degreaser wax remover so the paint wont get mest up. I use seymour paints. An they came out great i painted them flat black.

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