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Painting fiberglass

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by hammermachine, Jul 19, 2006.

  1. hammermachine

    hammermachine 1/2 ton status

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    Is there any special prep needed to paint the fiberglass cap for my truck. It's kinda old any discolored. As part of my "new paint job" I need to change the color from off white to black or OD green. Any thoughts, thanks.
     
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    In a word, yes! It needs special prep and paint otherwise it'll just crack and flake off. Have a chat with a body shop that does a lot of Corvette work. They'll be able to tell you what you need.
     
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    I was wondering this as well
    can you buy the paint and do it yourself?
     
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    i just spray painted mine, with cheep spray paint, it was black and the el paso heat turned it green!!LOL
     
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    I think that if your gelcoat (the colorcoat) is in good shape you can refinish over the top of it, same as metal.
     
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    yup, sand, prime and paint... nothing too special about it...
     
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    if it is gel-coated, just scuff and prime and paint. if it is kinda raw or the gel coat is cracking, sand the whole thing with 240-grit, use and epoxy primer, then use a 2k primer surfacer then sand with 600-grit and top coat. don't bother sanding the epoxy primer...it will just gum up the paper.
     
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    ok, bringing up a somewhat old thread, i`ve been wanting to paint my cap black,flat black, and its not the smooth cap, its like textured, anything need to be done before painting? i`m really just looking to change the color, not make it perfect really...also what paint should i use?any one ever hear of krylon`s fusion paint?
     

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