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How to prevent the chipping of spray paint??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Capman2k, Apr 23, 2003.

  1. Capman2k

    Capman2k 3/4 ton status

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    I know some of you guys have spray painted your trucks... And if you haven't and know a way to help me out, please do.

    I spray painted my grille a couple of weeks ago because it looks much better in black. However, after a trip to Colorado on Friday, I had a whole bunch of little chips where sand and wind knocked away some of the paint and you could see the ugly azzzzz chrome underneath. I re-sprayed it, but it's already starting to chip again...

    Is there anything I can put on there to seal it and prevent it from getting all chipped up, or will I have to spend my Saturday mornings taking my grille apart and re-painting it?

    I was planning to spray paint my entire truck, but I'm not sure anymore if It's going to mean repainting it every weekend...
     
  2. big83chevy4x4

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    you may half to scratch the chrome to make it stick.
     
  3. rick88blaze

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    normally chrome doesn't take paint too well. scuff the chrome up with some fine sandpaper a little, then paint it.
     
  4. Don

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    You might try a Scotchbrite pad instead of sandpaper, it will conform to corner's, rounded edge's etc.
     
  5. Leadfoot

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    Surface prep

    A paint job is only as good as the prep work.
    It should actually take you 3-4 times longer to prepare the surface than it does to actually paint it. I would scuff it up with a fine (not extra fine) sandpaper, clean the area with a liquid cleaner, let dry, and spray away.

    A single (or few in number) thick coats will be more likely to chip then several thin coats (sanding with a very, very, fine paper and cleaning between coats). Most paints will give you the directions for best adhesion. It may sound stupid, but they have spent alot of $$ on research.
     
  6. Shawn

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    On my tie rod, drag link and shocks I had painted with a special blue paint but the paint would chip easy and be immune to chemicals on the road so I started to use this clear wheel paint which seams to pretty durable and doesn't chip as bad.

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    Like the others said, prepping is the key.
     
  7. jjlaughner

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    I'm wanting to try the eastwood self etching primer myself. You remove the grease and dirt, and then you primer. Paint goes directly over it. If eastwood was not so expensive i would try several of there paints and tools (I guess price = Quality sometimes, but its just not in the budget).
     
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    Thre is an anti-chip undercoating you can buy, It comes in a rattle can and is rather cheap. I can't think of the name of it right off, but we used to use it in the body shop I worked to coat rocker panels on cars. It makes the paint look a little wavey due to how it dries, but works great.
     

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