I am doing mine now.. I am not new to the seen of painting.. these pieces are a bit of a pain to sand.. even with 220 grit it's a pain.. get as much as you can sanded down till it's very slightly porus.. you can then use high buildup primer, just try to do a good job sanding so you dont ove do it with primer.. no need for a promotor, no need for a flex additive, most quality clears have it in them. these are small pieces, and rigid it is not needed.. the flex additive will also effect the final color as well.. but alot of people hear the word plastic and the next word is flex additive.. if your worried about chips, you can get an additive for that.. 400 wet sand is good, very good.. many will say 600 for heavy metallics and candies, I agree with that.. these panels have not yet been wet sanded, I am hoping to get a chance to paint them by next weekend..if yo're hand sanding it, start with 220grit to remove a good bit of it. spray your adhesion promotor next and follow that with a high build primer with some flex added. sand down the primer with 320 and reprime if you need.
final sand with 600 throughly. seal, and base/clear.
if its small pieces typical paint mixes 1:1. so if you order half a pint, you'll have a pint sprayable. but check with them to see how theirs mixes
I mostly use a 5" palm style da. Very light and easy to handle. As long as you keep moving at a good pace I haven't had a problem with flat spots. I also use a die grinder with a 2" diameter flapper wheel to get in the tight spots on the upper pieces, just need to be very cafeful because it will take a lot off in a hurry if you put to much pressure on them.I think some may over use high build.... high build is for use in minor imperfections, many know what these minor imperfections are.. some may use this primer to fill craters ect.. thats not what it is intended for, use it as it was intended for you shouldn't have any problems.. 2 passes with high build and wet sand to completion is sufficent.. good idea on the epoxy, has much better adhesion and is very strong. not so good when you try to sand it smooth because it's so hard...(unless you apply base right over it) when I use epoxy, it's followed by a coat of primer..
how was it using a sander, I didn't use one, there not alot of area to work with using a da, I thought.. wouldn't take much using coarse grit to put a flat spot on the curved area's.. I'll be doing one more set I may give it a shot...
ok, finished today. I just got done painting an 03 gsxr 1000 (prowler candy red with pearl.) now in the middle of of finishing another 03 gsxr 1000 this one is going a pearl black with purple and blue mica.I havnt made the jump into this project yet but really want to, this would be my first using a spray gun and completely finishing a project on my own. Madvette keep us posted its looking great so far!
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