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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:30 pm    Post subject:  Painting the trim molding Reply with quote

I know this has been discussed over and over again but when I get my car back I want to paint my body molding. I'm thinking of using something like this from Autozone.

http://www.autozone.com/autozo.....98213_0_0_

Or, is there anyway to get a body color spray paint? or would that look dumb with the textured molding?

Has anyone used that Duplicolor trim paint?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:10 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I just used that for my grill.. works great..

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:30 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Jnibbs24 wrote:
I just used that for my grill.. works great..


Alright cool stuff. Should I sand the moldings down at all? What kind of prep work should I do before hand? Obviously masking off most of the entire car, and obviously rubbing alcohol or grease remover on the trim to get any waxes off of it. But are there any special procedures?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:35 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I would take the ones on the door off. They just have that 3M double sided sticky tape on the. The bumper ones I hear are a pain to take off so I would mask those up. I would sand them down using a 80 grit, then 120, then 220.
Use a primer that is meant for plastic, two lite passes will be fine. 2-3 coats of your paint a 1-2 coats of a clear if you want. And sand them by hand. If you use even a little sander, the heat that generates can gunk up the sand paper from the plastic melting due to the fast friction. Not to say it can't be done, it's how I did mine, but I've been a woodworker for 15+ years. Just a FYI.
And once your done sanding you've already taken off all wax build up and are left with raw plastic. Brush them clean with something dry but I wouldn't wipe them with any type of cleaner.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:55 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I just used this a little over a month ago on my trim. It's holding up very well so far. Still looks new and gives it an OEM look.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:16 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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I would take the ones on the door off. They just have that 3M double sided sticky tape on the. The bumper ones I hear are a pain to take off so I would mask those up. I would sand them down using a 80 grit, then 120, then 220.
Use a primer that is meant for plastic, two lite passes will be fine. 2-3 coats of your paint a 1-2 coats of a clear if you want. And sand them by hand. If you use even a little sander, the heat that generates can gunk up the sand paper from the plastic melting due to the fast friction. Not to say it can't be done, it's how I did mine, but I've been a woodworker for 15+ years. Just a FYI.
And once your done sanding you've already taken off all wax build up and are left with raw plastic. Brush them clean with something dry but I wouldn't wipe them with any type of cleaner.


Good stuff, thanks! Sounds like a project to tackle one day during the weekend when I get my car back! Aren't they "riveted" on? What 3M Double Sided tape did you use to re-apply the moldings?

@PushrodPower- Did you do any prep work before spraying the moldings?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:26 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I just thoroughly was the trim. I didn't sand it because I wanted to retain it's texture. I work out good. Even living on a gravel road. Laughing

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:28 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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I just thoroughly was the trim. I didn't sand it because I wanted to retain it's texture. I work out good. Even living on a gravel road. Laughing


That's what I wanted to hear. I liked the textured look, but of course wouldn't mind having the newer body moldings, but with the color of my car and the now to be satin black moldings it should come out looking good. Did you take your moldings off the car?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:35 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I didn't take the trim off I just taped it off with tape found at and Autozone, O' Reillys, etc. Theirs no need for sanding afterwards. It goes on easy like the Plastidip but doesn't peel.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:39 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

PushrodPower wrote:
I didn't take the trim off I just taped it off with tape found at and Autozone, O' Reillys, etc. Theirs no need for sanding afterwards. It goes on easy like the Plastidip but doesn't peel.


Thanks for the info! That'll be my next mod! I'm planning on taking the interior trim (woodgrain) from my 2001 off of the door panels and dash panels and either spraying them down with plastidip, or this stuff as well. It should change up the inside a bit Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:33 am    Post subject:  Re: Painting the trim molding Reply with quote

billy101 wrote:
Or, is there anyway to get a body color spray paint? or would that look dumb with the textured molding?


yes, dealership, auto parts stores, online, paint supplier

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Mine were not riveted on. They had, I think, three plastic nipples that went into holes. Looked like it was that way from the factory, not looking like it was moded before I got the car. The 3M tape I got from autozone, but I'm sure most places will have it. Its a little pricey, maybe like $10 for a small roll. I would for sure to clean the back of the molding and the car before you stick it back on, to ensure a tight clean fit. The first one I did over 3 years ago and I've never had a problem with it. If you don't plan on sanding them down, you can slip paper or tape behind them rather easily in order to just tape up the car and spray everything at once. Maybe get some etching primer. Just make sure the etching primer won't melt the plastic. I can't remember if it will or not. I've used it on metal, but never plastic.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:33 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Just so you know,... no matter how much you prep the moldings, they will eventually chip and peel. Painting textured surfaces such as these generally doesn't last too long.

Here is what ended up doing...

http://www.naioa.com/v2/module.....mp;t=31814

What I like about this product, is that it doesn't peel away of you get a chip in it. It will slightly fade over time, but we are talking a couple years time. And when it does chip, just reaply. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:06 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Painted mine on my 2000. No sanding was done, just washed, wiped with alcohol and primed and painted. I didnt take them off of the car, just taped them off as much as possible. After about 2 yrs, no problems noticed. Traded the car in after that.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:44 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

The paint you linked to, is a basecoat , which would need a clearcoat.
Painting the rubber moldings would also require an adhesion prompter, something like like “Bull Dog adhesion prompter for flexible parts” to prevent chips and pealing.

You might could use "Fusion" paint made by Krylon paint products. It sticks to plastic and flexible parts very well with out an adhesion prompter..
Just my 2 cents on the subject. 2 Cents
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