Painting wheel flares.

Submitted: Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 10:28
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I want to spray paint the plastic (?) white wheel flares on my Defender black, and wonder if anyone here has the answers to getting a lasting finish.
I've got some 2 part Epoxy undercoat left from spraying an aluminion bar years ago and I'm thinking of starting with this, as it did a very good job on the bar.
What do I use next? A flat black or maybe a satin finish?
It needs to be something which hopefully won't craze or flake off easily even if the flares get a bit bashed/scratched occassionally.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts on this, they will be much appreciated.
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Reply By: Luke - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 10:52

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 10:52
I think you'll find you need to add some flex additive to the paint so that when the plastic flexes the paint will too, instead of cracking and peeling off.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 12:04

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 12:04
Why not go with Rubber Flexy Flairs, they come in black, and dont get damaged. If in stalled correctly they look sweet.
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Follow Up By: Alan H - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 12:12

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 12:12
The flairs came with the vehicle and if I buy replacements it'll just mean more stuff to clutter up the shed. I'd like to use these if I can.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 13:26

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 13:26
You could sell them... LOCV would be a place to start...
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Reply By: pathfinder - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 12:05

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 12:05
I would use a dedicated plastic primer rather than a general epoxy undercoat...
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Follow Up By: Alan H - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 16:39

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 16:39
Thanks for the tips, I'll go shopping at the weekend, paint or flairs. I'll see what happens and do what the cook tells me to I suppose!
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Follow Up By: Member - Wherethehellawi - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 17:22

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 17:22
dont we all!!!!Wow! am I cute
If yer ain't fishing, Yer ain't livin
Richard
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Reply By: bruce.h (WA) - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 18:25

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 18:25
Gday Alan
you will definatly need to use the proper primers & paints if they are plastic,becauce if you dont it will peel straight off again but if they fibre glass then automtive paints will do.
if you are perth robayne distributors in welshpool can sell you what you need
Regards Bruce
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Reply By: ross - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 19:23

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 19:23
Alan you said they are plastic but if they are actually fibreglass like a landcruiser,I used some glossy black out of a spraycan after I had to patch a large deep scratch.I was quite surprised how well the paint matched .Only my lack of f/glassing skills lets you know their is someting underneath.6 months on no sign of deterioation.
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Reply By: ross - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 19:27

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 19:27
Alan you said they are plastic but if they are actually fibreglass like a landcruiser,I used some glossy black out of a spraycan after I had to patch a large deep scratch.I was quite surprised how well the paint matched .Only my lack of f/glassing skills lets you know their is someting underneath.6 months on no sign of deterioation.
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Follow Up By: Alan H - Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 10:25

Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 10:25
Thanks for that Bruce and Ross. I think they're plastic because they're so easily bent which will help in the scrub, if not when painting them.
I'll give those people in Welshpool a ring and see what they say.
If all else fails I'll take up Trucksters suggestion but try the members at LROCWA.
Thanks.
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