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    Default Help spray painting XM7 grills

    So I decided I would prefer to have the grills on my XM7s black instead of silver, so I cleaned them good and put a coat of spray paint on them. They looked pretty good, but I missed a couple of spots so went back for a second coat. Now the paint seems to have cracked all over and they look horrible.

    So what did I do wrong? I let them dry for about 24 hrs between coats -- should I have waited longer?

    Any tips for removing the bad paint so I can try again??

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    Plasti-dip might have been a better option. You could strip it and go back chrome if you ever wanted to. Your probably going to have to sand/scuff them down again and start over?
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    You can't go wrong if you use this stuff first:

    http://www.plastikote.com/products/P...nd-Primer.html

    Prepare the surface and shoot a coat of this stuff on as heavy as you like. Lightly sand it after it dries and your color coat will look like a million bucks.

    Edit:

    Might want to choose this one for plastics:

    http://www.brandsport.com/plik-467.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by viking View Post
    Plasti-dip might have been a better option. You could strip it and go back chrome if you ever wanted to. Your probably going to have to sand/scuff them down again and start over?
    Yeah, I thought about the plasti-dip but wanted a shiny surface to match the rest of the speaker and the plasti-dip is more of a flat or satin finish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaneboats View Post
    You can't go wrong if you use this stuff first:

    http://www.plastikote.com/products/P...nd-Primer.html

    Prepare the surface and shoot a coat of this stuff on as heavy as you like. Lightly sand it after it dries and your color coat will look like a million bucks.

    Edit:

    Might want to choose this one for plastics:

    http://www.brandsport.com/plik-467.html
    Those might work now, but the funny thing is that the surface was pretty smooth to begin with -- the cracking seems to be caused by the paint itself.
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    Would have worked before too. The primer adheres better to the plastic than the paint you used will ever do.
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    sem coat is what exile told me

    http://www.tcpglobal.com/SEM-62213_2...4#.VE-f6Gd0yUk

    anything specific to plastic

    I would use this
    http://www.rustoleum.com/en/product-...ss-spray-paint
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmvotto View Post
    Interesting since the grill is just plastic and not metal or aluminum.


    Quote Originally Posted by jmvotto View Post

    anything specific to plastic

    I would use this
    http://www.rustoleum.com/en/product-...ss-spray-paint
    LOL.....that is exactly what I used!!
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    you used the rustolem product? I used it for my hdpe ghetto gate test and it worked great even did the dishwasher test. hmmmm
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    Default Help spray painting XM7 grills

    I used Rustoleum too. Did you use the same can on both sprays?

    The issue you have is likely from a surface contaminant, like oil from your skin, or wax or who knows what. Scuff them smooth, clean with rubbing alcohol (or go to a hobby shop and buy a bottle of Plasti-prep) and give it another shot.

    If you want to start from scratch you can douse the grills with oven cleaner and put them in a zip lock bag - after a few hours the old paint should lift off with some light scrubbing.

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