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Old 03-05-2005, 09:07 PM
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I have a '02 Dodge Dakota SLT pickup truck. The color is the Light Almond metallic base and clear coat. My question is about painting the front fascia that is under the bumper and the two rear bumber pads. They are grey plastic right now and I would like to paint them to match the rest of the truck. Can this be done with good results? I have heard many opinions both yes and no. Anybody have any experience painting this type of material? Thanks in advance.

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Old 03-05-2005, 09:29 PM
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i have painted all kinds of plastic parts. not sure exactly what the piece is made out of. if its a hard plastic like abs or what the grill might be made of then just red scotchbrite it, possibly some adhesion promoter and paint it as you normally would. if its a soft plastic like polypropolene then it can be painted in the same manner as above but the front one will probably look like hell from sand, rocks and road debris hitting it. this is probably why its gray and not painted to begin with.
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The people who said no probably didnt do all the steps needed to have it come out correctly. Just as Mrclean suggested you need an adhesion promoter but also other products such as special primers and additives for making paint more flexable. I tried out a new product 3 weeks ago, I cant remember the name (I think it might be called "plastic coat") but I sprayed some soft plastic moldings and I can bend the moldings almost in-half and the clear doesnt chip or break.
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