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Old 07-08-2005, 10:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey All,

My car is finally payed off after 12 months of very expensive hell, and now it is time to play. I have seen cars with color matched molding and was wondering how people were doing that? Also is there somewhere I can buy a completely new set of side moldings so if I royally screw up I am not stuck with shitty looking ones?

I have sprayed a trailer and a car with an airless gun before and it actually came out really nice and even. But how would you prep the plastic for the paint so it doesn't just flake off and what kind of paint would you use and what kind of clear coat?

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Hey All,

My car is finally payed off after 12 months of very expensive hell, and now it is time to play. I have seen cars with color matched molding and was wondering how people were doing that? Also is there somewhere I can buy a completely new set of side moldings so if I royally screw up I am not stuck with shitty looking ones?

I have sprayed a trailer and a car with an airless gun before and it actually came out really nice and even. But how would you prep the plastic for the paint so it doesn't just flake off and what kind of paint would you use and what kind of clear coat?

Help is appreciated!
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I've painted the moldings before but it's been a while so I don't really remember which paint/clear coat i used but I would definately treat the moldings with sandpaper first. 400-grit worked for me. As for another set of moldings either dealership (prepare to give up your arm and leg :wink ) or ebay.

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You can get the mouldings on eBay or Bavauto.com. You can get the Mmouldings, which match the thickness of the bumper moldings. If the regular set of moldings is not listed, just give them a call; they'll get you a price and a time estimate. not extremely cheap, but less than the dealership for sure.

Before Delmarco gets here, let me recommend that you visit www.paintscratch.com. You can get OEM paint/clear coat from them.
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Ouch molding is like 200 bucks from bavauto. That could be a pricey mistake if I screw them up when I spray them. I wonder what a body shop would charge to spray them? Is there anyone else who has either payed to have their sprayed or done it themselves?

Pictures also would be awesome especially of silver cars!
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