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Old 10-21-2007, 01:42 PM   #1
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Default How to paint better than GM - Rattle can fun - FINISHED!!

I finally got around to painting my license plate cover I got months ago. I recommend getting your paint from www.automotivetouchup.com, if you can't find it in stores. The color match was EXACT, just as advertised, and shipping was quick.

I painted it last night. Looks great this morning so far. There is naturally some minor orange peel (no more than what is on the 2000+ models from the factory ). I have yet to sand and polish.

The only issue now...the cover looks 1000 times better than my front bumper. :(







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That does look very nice Good job :P

was the paint expensive?
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Yeah, $20 for a 12oz. can. Compared to $5-6 at an auto parts store, it'* not cheap, but I had to get my paint from somewhere else. A dealer probably would have been more expensive.

I used Duplicolor Acrylic Lacquer clearcoat instead of getting the clear from automotivetouchup.com. I'm not sure exactly what kind of paint they used for the base color, but the clear worked great.
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That looks outstanding. I wish they had done it like that on the previous gens so you could cover up the holes if you moved to a state with out the front.
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that looks pretty good and matched nicely as well
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I just bought some, hopefully it'll work out for me too.
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Looks good. I'd like to do that but they pull us over in a heartbeat up here if we dont have a front plate on...
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Looks good!

For future reference, you can wet sand that base coat to remove the orange peel effect, before clear coat. Not 100% necessary, but looks cleaner for those that want perfection.
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Originally Posted by bonnie94ssei
Yeah, $20 for a 12oz. can. Compared to $5-6 at an auto parts store, it'* not cheap, but I had to get my paint from somewhere else. A dealer probably would have been more expensive.

I used Duplicolor Acrylic Lacquer clearcoat instead of getting the clear from automotivetouchup.com. I'm not sure exactly what kind of paint they used for the base color, but the clear worked great.
shoulda had me do it for the cost of shipping :P

im on a crappy, dark monitor, but it does look good in the pics that I can acctually see
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For future reference, you can wet sand that base coat to remove the orange peel effect, before clear coat. Not 100% necessary, but looks cleaner for those that want perfection.
I've always wet sanded the clear only, because sanding the final color coat wouldn't be good.

EDIT: Unless you mean sand the color coats, BESIDES the final coat, THEN clear. Then I completely agree with you. I definitely could have done that, but I didn't want it TOO perfect since my bumper sucks. lol

I do however want to repaint my front bumper now because it'* so pitted and nicked from lots of highway driving before I got it. If I decided to do the bumper myself I'll post progress pics.
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