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Old 20 Aug 2016, 10:11 pm
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Default Painting Gen II Lower Grille silver

I am going to attempt to paint a lower grille for my '06. It's made of TPO (Thermoplastic olefin) and from what I have read it needs to be CLEAN and have an adhesion promoter added before painting. Has anyone got any ideas or tips??

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Old 21 Aug 2016, 06:47 am
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Be sure the paint has flex additive in it or at the first deflection the paint will crack. You'll see this happening a lot on cheaper repaints where standard body paint is used on the bumpers. It looks good till the first slight deflection, then it cracks and crazes.
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You're correct in the clean a adhesion promoter. There are some great silvers in the wheel paint suppliers. These look great and natural. Unlucky universal silvers of yesterday. You can use a gloss or Matt clear coat to make it look even better.
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Just realized I never posted a finished part photo on this thread.

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Old 04 May 2017, 09:48 pm
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It's weird, but I swear that I had another thread going where I showed the progress of painting the Lower Grille. I can't seem to find it, and the site only lets you go back 20 pages, so I can't see last October's posts. Hmmmm...

So, here are some photos that I took, and I have to mention that I masked off and then painted the edges where the silver bled under (and the smallest of) the small solid triangular areas with flat black paint, because they looked goofy if I left them silver.

I started by washing thoroughly with soap and water, then drying, rinsing and drying, and then used a grease and wax remover, and drying, and sprayed on some adhesion promoter before spraying the silver. I hung it up to dry for a few days before touching it. I then did a spot test on the back side with clear-coat, which killed the cool 'machined aluminum' look to the silver.

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In fact I know I did post these, because I remember responding to Gkon about trying the clear-coat he suggested and it instantly dulled the finish (upper right corner you can see it here).

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I remember seeing all the pics except for the last 3.
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Default Re: Painting Gen II Lower Grille silver

I've seen your progress pics before, too.

I thought they might be in the: What Are You Working On Thread? But they weren't:

Post #9723:
What did you do to your Cruiser today?

You started this thread in Aug '16 but then posted about the finished work in Oct '16 in the other thread.
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