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Old 09-02-2003, 05:26 PM
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Should I spray paint my door panels??????

I have a '72 Chevy pickup custom 10 deluxe and the inside door panels are black but they are worn and they have bright white showing through. I can take the panels off and I have black spray paint and I was thinking about spraying them. Should I just takes them out , spray them , & let them dry or should I put a clear top coat on them or something. I don't see what would be that bad with the just spraying them but if you know of anything that might help I'd appreciate it.

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Old 09-02-2003, 10:14 PM
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its ok to spray them, but don't use auto paint, use vinal(?) paint. and try not to touch them ever again.

p.s. clean real good with laquer thinner.
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Old 09-03-2003, 03:38 PM
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Isn't the panel metal? I can't really remember right now, but I believe that my bro's 69 panels are metal. If so, don't use the vinyl paint. Take a pic and post it. I can't think of where the white could be wearing through. I'd like to see what you are talking about. Either way, spraying it should be fine, as long as you can handle the look...
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Old 09-03-2003, 07:18 PM
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they might not be called door panels

I might have misnamed what I'm going to paint but I'll try to describe it to you. It is on the inside of the truck and it is where the handle is and the armrest is attached to it. Most of the inside of the door is metal but the part that I'm talking about is plastic. I will have pics in about a week.

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you could paint it, but make sure you clean it with a good paint cleaner first (one that will not leave a residue)
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Old 09-06-2003, 04:31 AM
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Check some of the Krylon paint. They make one for plastic now. You might do a search on here for Krylon because I believe there was a thread about it. Watch using laquer thinner to clean plastic. It can melt it if left on too long. Use enamel thinner instead. I'll look later but I believe I have something saved in the old 'puter about painting door panels and if so I'll post it.

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Old 09-08-2003, 03:38 PM
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Painting vinyl door panels

If your door panels are vinyl you can repaint them with vinyl paint.....Kyrlon Fusion will work if you are lucky to find your color....Black is simple and easy......The secret is to clean them first with enamel reducer.....then prep them with plastic prep to soften them up ...Then you can spray them Best to put a few thin coats then try to recover with one heavy coat and get runs and forget it.......I don't want to get into the new waterbase plastic paint with the crosslinker adhesion promoter... Man that stuff gets onto your fingers and forget about it......your skin will have to wear off before that paint will.......get ready guys.....soon thats all there will be......its going alll water base... Look at it this way .....A lot of that paint that was water base was used in the tombs in Egypt....and some of it still looks like it was just painted.......Check out my web site for upholstery tips.....***

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Clarifying the Last Message

I just wanted to clear up a lot of stuff that may be confusing if you dont know what everyone is talking about. You saw a lot of talk about "vinyl paint" on the replies. I used Duralast(i think that's the name of the brand, correct me if I'm wrong) vinyl paint on my trim pieces and my rear seat belts in my 86 Z28 and it looks great. Wears great, I've had no problems with it. If you want to be safe about the pre-spray prep., use a product made by PPG that I've always heard referred to as DX330, I don't know it by another name. This is a wonderful degreser that is safe on several more materials than laquer thinner is and it works great as a degreaser and paint remover. Always be sure to use it outside or in a very well ventilated area because the smell does get to you after a while. Take your time when doing this so that you get nice even coats. Don't rush through and try covering it all at once. It's really not worth it to have a bad job done just to save a few minutes right now. Make severeal even, light coats to cover your object. I'm not sure if I read this right, but if I'm not mistaken, someone suggested to do one final heavy coat, which no offense to them, but that is a horrible idea. The runs will show and you'll play hell trying to remove them. It will be easier to sand the whole pice down and start from scratch. Just take your time and it should come out alright. Thanks for your time. -Josh
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I was talking to the guy that is painting my truck as I also have to have some interior trim (plastic) painted. He stateds that you can use automotive paint as long as you use an "adhesion promoter" beforehand. This will "open the pores" of the plastic and let the paint "bite". I always thought that you had to use a "flex additive" into the paint but he stated that was with the older types of paint. I'm pretty sure (fingers crossed) that he knows what he's talking about as I have seen quite a bit of his work.

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an adhesion promoter will do the trick on the plastic pieces.......alot of people from my cirle have been sanding all the bumps and ridges off the hard plastic pieces and then doing a primer/paint/clear and getting a show qaulity finish......
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I have a 86' Chevy Truck and i spray painted my door panels with dupli color vinyl paint. It turned out pretty nice it just that it gets scratched easy Because mine were Brown and i painted them blue and after rolling the windows down a couple of times i now have a ugly brown ring around the window cranks.
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