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CALLING PRO AUTO PAINTERS: Question about painting plastic

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So I want to get my new Z Spec grille painted in gloss black. I took it to a local body shop and the guy looked at it and said immediately he won't do it. Said that textured plastic is impossible to have paint adhere to. And that it would eventually start chipping/peeling from rock chips. He said he would challenge any painter that would say other wise. And that he wouldn't do the work unless he could guarantee against that sort of thing.

Honestly I think he just didn't want to bother with the job but who knows if what he says has some truth to it.

Can I get some opinions from any pro painters?

Thanks.
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Can't claim to be a pro, but going way back when customizing a vehicle was a great hobby. Using all solvent based paints back then and it was easy to get a great finish. Clear coat was really great, color could be a dull sanded finish and shine like crazy.

All this is history now with water based paints, Chevy body shop manager is an old time friend, had to spend a small fortune for a new water based paint booth with special drying equipment.

Can't even buy a good can of spray paint, use to use CFC's, neutral for paint, Al Gore killed all this, using propane now that is affecting the quality of the paints, also can be used as a blow torch, and can only be used outdoors.

Not the only problem, electroplating was also banned in this country as well as any electronic manufacturing. Granted, was a bad mistake in dumping this stuff in a city sewer, should have been put in a tank, evaporate the water out of it, and reuse the contents. But was all moved to Mexico and China, alone with all of our industries.

We quit etching copper clad boards, what a waste, printed the lands on a substrate and baked it, not only saving the environment, but was far cheaper and a lot less waste. But still had to deal with the IRS, EPA, OSHA, 40 hour week, high cost of health insurance, paid vacations and holidays, so that went to China as well.

Feel our congress never learned when the buck left this country, they couldn't tax it, and with over 40 years of an EPA that never helped us in manufacturing problems, but fined us and shut us down, did more to damage this country than anything else.
 

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All kind of paints for plastic at auto supply stores, helps to break the glaze with 220 grit wet sandpaper for better adherence.

Just one stupid question, will this appreciate the value of your Cruze or depreciate its value. But what the heck, as long as it makes you happy.
 

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This is a happy tour for me to read on this post. After reading the whole post, we can get solutions to deal with the trouble quickly and safely. Thanks for your nice sharing.
What grit to you recommend? On a badly scratched up head lamps lens, started off with 220, anything lighter would still be sanding. Until I got a clear frosted lens, then worked up to 2,500 grit finishing off with a polishing compound.

Plastic paints are on the thick side, will flow if sprayed properly. And if talking about a grille, strictly a hand sanding job. And you certainly want the paint to adhere or it will chip off. Can also sand between coats using 600. How about putting 17 lacquer coats on an antique car?
 
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