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lskip10

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Painting grilles With gold paint.
« on: June 07, 2019, 06:14:22 PM »
Looking for some advice when painting my grilles with gold paint. Since the grilles are plastic would you sand the area , just wipe it down with reducer, prime first, all the above? Just want to be sure that it adheres well. My history painting plastic has had mixed results. Thanks

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Re: Painting grilles With gold paint.
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2019, 06:30:37 PM »
Im assuming you know how to tape off the chrome good. I sanded mine, I think I started with maybe 320, then hit it with 400. I use a prep-sol type cleaner before I paint anything. I will wipe things down with a white cloth until its no longer showing any dirt. I then painted mine with a rustoleum product, which was the closest gold I could find. I did not do anything else. Several years later they are holding up fine. Cant post pics with this computer but I can get some up tomorrow.
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Aus78Formula

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Re: Painting grilles With gold paint.
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2019, 02:27:07 AM »
It depends on the previous condition, in regards to how much you need to scuff up or remove for adhesion. A tired original with 3-coats of paint will be different to a new repro. Always dust on the first coat and look for oil spots, they can be addressed before layers are built up and need sanding back to redo.

lskip10

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Re: Painting grilles With gold paint.
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2019, 08:03:14 PM »
Thanks for the advice. They are new repop about two years ago.

shawngone

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Re: Painting grilles With gold paint.
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2019, 08:23:02 PM »
Im looking for the same information.
Do you install the grill then spray it? Is it the same paint as the wheels (placer gold)?
Any close up pictures of where to mask off?
Do you paint the black the body color, gloss black or satin?
Im sure someone knows, thank you!!

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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2019, 08:23:02 PM »

Aus78Formula

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Re: Painting grilles With gold paint.
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2019, 09:44:34 PM »
No, don't install them first if they need paint! Same paint as gold wheels. Mask off the chrome, and the black grille if you can. The black is easier to touch up later, if needed, by masking the gold and chrome for a satin black coat. Depending on the depth of the gold paint, you may wish to use a grey primer or similar first, save a few extra coats trying to get black to gold. The Gold is also a satin finish, so may be just as easy to mask the chrome and clear coat both the gold and black together. Or if happy with Gold out of the can, just leave it.

Edit: that's for 77-78 models, if yours doesn't have chrome, ignore that step! And 79-81 is probably easier to mask the black and not touch up later, naturally any touch ups are best avoided. I was replying for 77-78 based on it's what you mentioned in a previous post.
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Lewis

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Re: Painting grilles With gold paint.
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2019, 05:46:21 PM »
There is a product called Bulldog. It is a adhesion promotor designed for plastic , urethane type parts. We use it in the body shop for these type parts. Should be applied to raw parts. You can then prime over it or put color on directly. It can be found in a lot of auto parts stores and all auto paint stores.
79 Y84 W72 WS6-NOW. 79 T/A W72 WS6 T-TOP. 79 T/A BLK 403. 79 T/A BRN 403. 75 T/A 400,AUTO WHI/WHI. 71 FORMULA RAM AIR 455 AUTO. 73 G/P 400. 71 G/P -J- 400. 69 G/P-SJ-428-4 SPD

Lewis

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Re: Painting grilles With gold paint.
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2019, 05:48:43 PM »
There is a product called Bulldog. It is a adhesion promotor designed for plastic , urethane type parts. We use it in the body shop for these type parts. Should be applied to raw parts. You can then prime over it or put color on directly. It can be found in a lot of auto parts stores and all auto paint stores.
79 Y84 W72 WS6-NOW. 79 T/A W72 WS6 T-TOP. 79 T/A BLK 403. 79 T/A BRN 403. 75 T/A 400,AUTO WHI/WHI. 71 FORMULA RAM AIR 455 AUTO. 73 G/P 400. 71 G/P -J- 400. 69 G/P-SJ-428-4 SPD

roadking77

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Re: Painting grilles With gold paint.
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2019, 07:11:51 AM »
2018-04-17_04-53-02 by Kerry Grubb, on Flickr
This is the product I used
2018-04-17_04-52-49 by Kerry Grubb, on Flickr
2018-04-17_04-52-36 by Kerry Grubb, on Flickr
Finished product. I scuffed up the factory surface with something like 400. Then applied the paint directly. 5 or so years down the road they still look great. Did not know about the bulldog stuff, if I had I probably would have used that too.
Finished!
77 T/A - I will Call this one DONE!
79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
86 Grand Prix - Sold
85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
'38-CZ 250
'39-BSA Gold Star
'49-Triumph 350
'52-Ariel Red Hunter
'66-BSA Lightning
'01-HD RoadKing

roadking77

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Re: Painting grilles With gold paint.
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2019, 07:14:11 AM »
I painted my grilles before I installed them. They were brand new parts I most likely bought from Ames. I had to shave the outside a bit to make them fit, I think some of it may have been the repro part and some may have been from the nose shrinking and moving over the last 40+ years.
Finished!
77 T/A - I will Call this one DONE!
79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
86 Grand Prix - Sold
85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
'38-CZ 250
'39-BSA Gold Star
'49-Triumph 350
'52-Ariel Red Hunter
'66-BSA Lightning
'01-HD RoadKing

shawngone

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Re: Painting grilles With gold paint.
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2019, 09:16:15 PM »
2018-04-17_04-53-02 by Kerry Grubb, on Flickr
This is the product I used
2018-04-17_04-52-49 by Kerry Grubb, on Flickr
2018-04-17_04-52-36 by Kerry Grubb, on Flickr
Finished product. I scuffed up the factory surface with something like 400. Then applied the paint directly. 5 or so years down the road they still look great. Did not know about the bulldog stuff, if I had I probably would have used that too.
  wOW, thats a very helpful tip and great results thanks

Re: Painting grilles With gold paint.
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2019, 09:16:15 PM »
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