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Painting new 968 mirrors

Hey all, I just discovered this forum after years of lurking. I have seen some amazing projects here and have been reading voraciously all night at work.


Anyway, I have a set of 968 mirrors new from sunset I have been meaning to paint for months. Now that 944 Fest is less than a week away, I figure I should get on it! My only reason for the delay is that I don't know what is involved with prepping the mirrors and the general order to go in, what sand paper to buy, any tricks/tips, etc. I read the sticky on top, but that seemed to apply to repairing and refurbishing a used part. Are the grits etc any different?

I already bought some proper Indian Red paint premixed to be sprayed out of a prevail sprayer. Any tips on the prevail? BTW: The paint has been sitting for probably 4 months now unopened in the can I bought from ARF Paint. Is that a problem?

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mike what kind of paint is it ? acrylic enamel ? also are the mirrors plastic if so are they bare plastic ?? are they painted ? are there chips in the finish thats on the mirrors ?
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Hey, thanks for the reply. Unfortunately I never got around to putting these on..but I am thinking about doing this tomorrow on a rare day off. I just need to figure out what I need to buy and how to do it.

The paint is acrylic enamel. I bought it on 8/18/10 and it has been sitting a shelf ever since. Is it still good?

The mirrors are bare plastic with a very smooth finish. The mirror bases are lightly primed steel (?)



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sand the mirrors with 400 or 500 grit paper base and all . with plastic you will want to spray a thin coat or two of plastic adhesion promoter . sem's 77723 in a spray can work good . then after that flashes off spray one coat of primer 1st . if the one coat looks good and you feal you can just top coat that then do so with your acrylic enamel . if you don't like the way the primer looks then spray 2 or 3 coats of primer and then sand the primer with 400 or 500 paper then top coat with the paint you have . there is one thing about using a primer wet on wet . thekey is to not let the primer dry to much . just let it flash for about 5 minutes then top coat it . if you let the primer dry to much the top coat can't bite into the primer and it will delaminate down the road . you should also wipe the plastic down with a prep cleaner 1st and after you sand it . then tack it off with a tack rag before you start your painting steps.

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