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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-03-2015, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Paint Exterior Trim

I am interested in painting my TrailHawk grill inserts, lettering, etc. black. I am not a big fan of plastidip because of its durability. Do I need any special kind of spray paint/primer to cover the plastic, or will anything work?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-03-2015, 02:33 PM
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You'd be very surprised of the durability of plastidip. Dip your car does tons of videos of full car sprays. It is very durable especially with a clear on top... Satin or glossifier.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-03-2015, 03:31 PM
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You looking for something less durable than plastidip?
Look at it this way, if you don't like it you can peel it off and start again, or if you sell your vehicle you can return it back to original state.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-03-2015, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I might try the plastidip with a clear coat. I sprayed some silver aluminum grill insets with plastidip when I had my Rubicon, and it would chip and peel off. I put $1000's into aftermarket parts on the Rubicon, and really miss the lack of upgrades for the Cherokee. I will probably buy everything you come out with.
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Thanks bundu, I was looking for something more durable than plastidip.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-03-2015, 03:48 PM
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I plasti-dipped my motorcycle tank 1.5 years ago and rode it 10k miles until I peeled it off over the winter. Except for being a little dirtier it was on as solid as the day I sprayed it. Very durable, and the best part is if you change your mind you just peel it off. THere's also a glossifier to strengthen it a bit and help avoid dirt.

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I have a car with plasti-dip rims over 40k miles highway done 3 years ago. only tear was from tire mechanic around the rim edges. No biggie and easy patch up. I know someone who lives in the Florida heat who dipped his entire car without any peeling or "orange peel" affect. Its a durable product just depends on the prep and how well its applied. Light coats, at least 3-4 layers. And its cheap!

Try out a section and see how it goes.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-07-2015, 10:11 AM
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The key with Plastidip is putting down several layers. 2 or 3 isn't enough from my experience.

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