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Old 09-04-2008, 06:23 AM
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Plastic Golf Cart Painting

Not a hot rod, but will kind of look like one when finished. I need to paint a club-car golf cart. The body is some type of plastic along with the roof. Here is my plan.


I will wipe it down thoroughly with W&G remover. Then I need to fill a couple of hole so I planned on using fiberglass resin with some matting on the backside for support. I plan on scuffing with 400 grit and then using Nason epoxy primer. Over that I plan on a Nason base coat/clear coat.

Anything else that needs to be done?

Cart will end up being a dark red maroon type color and a dark silver top. Adding a 6" lift with 23" tires.

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I used to paint E-Z-GO carts for a local broker. The plastic bodies on these would not repair well with conventional f-glass resin/cloth. I ended up using epoxy type fillers. Anti static additives and adhesion promoters.
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You are really going to research and find out what type of plastic was used on that cart, and the proper repair procedure. There are different repair procedures for different types of plastic. Or you could try identifying by its propertys, or by taking a sliver and performing a burn test, seeing if it floats, ect. (methods of plastic identification should be able to be found by googling)
Some plastics are more difficult to work with and repair, and you really need to use the right products to repair, and may need to use an adhesion promotor, to have repairs last and paint stick. Plastics like tpo, a waxy plastic that smears when you sand, is considered a problem plastic, and if you just repair with glass and sand and paint, you would likely have problems.
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You gotta post pictures for us to believe you
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Bob,
figured you'd get a chuckle out of these pic's....

(it was a surprise gift for a retiring Illini coach)....

it was a very "different" shop job project so it was a fun to do

(the baby moon's hubcaps painted to match their helmet colors hadn't arrived yet}
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I will post pics as I go. Nothing real extreme. I will try to determine what it is exactly. When it is cut it leaves frays like fiberglass but it is a plastic same color all the way through.

Will the epoxy provide enough adhesion?

We are adding a 6" lift, 23" aluminum rims and AT tires. brush guard and headlights. My sister in law is going to use it running around the farm.
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Alright, got it done and posting pics. I ended up cleaning the body panels with Dupont plastic wipe. The main body got primer surfacer first, sanding and then sealer, bc, cc. The top got wipres, scuffed, sealed, base coat and then cc.

Turned out pretty good. Not sure if the pics show the color real well.
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I do like it, everything looks very well thought out!

Well done!

Just curious,
I have never messed with a cart power drive train....
what did you change to keep a decent acceleration rate with the very tall tires???
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The cart has a high range rear end gear in it. The clutch is essentially a snowmobile CVT clutch. The only real change was a slightly stiffer rear secondary clutch spring to help from shifting out too quick. I have not ran it much since the different tires, so we will see how it works. Alot can be done with the primary and secondary clutches to help the acc. It may also be possible that the low rear end gear needs to be put back in. We will see how it does in the hills.
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a chuckle????

well,,,,,
there not many "snow mobiles" in central FL so your CVT clutch explanation didn't help....
(it cracked me up!)

a neighbor recently re-did and modified a cart in a vinyl "camouflage" wrap to use at his hunting camp....
(did a nice job, added driving lamps, small garden tractor cart (with camouflage wrap) and hitch to carry stuff, grooved the tires for sand traction, better wiring, dyed the bench seat to match the wrap, etc/etc/etc)

I'll show him the the pic's of what you did and if he wants to do a lift and taller tires I'll get back to you....

again,
well done!
everything looks like it was designed/engineered as a oem "concept vehicle" package!
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