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    Default NNBS Tailgate handle Paint How-to! Enjoy!

    Well,

    I finally got some time off work and I decided to give painting a try for the first time. Let me tell you that it is not as hard as you may think. This is for painting small exterior stuff though. I decided to go with the spray can paint. I purchased my paint from automotivetouchup.com. They do a great job of matching your color code and also use a patented spray tip that sprays similar to a spray gun. Anywyas here it is:


    STUFF YOU NEED:

    80,180, and 320 grit sandpaper (USED TO GET RID OF THE TEXTURE.)
    adhesion promoter (Used for plastics on cars to make the paint stay.)
    primer
    paint
    clear
    NOTE* YOU MAY WANT WATERSAND FOR MIRRO FINISH WITH 1500 GRIT AND RUBBING COUMPOUND.


    FIRST:
    Sand your tailgate handle in the following order:
    80, then 180, and then 320 grit
    Make sure you sand it down to a smooth finish and do not leave any deep scratches.
    Make sure you wash the parts with dish soap and dry them after your done sanding.
    Here are some pics:
    80 GRIT

    180 GRIT

    320 GRIT


    SECOND:
    Spray 1 to 2 coats of the adhesion promoter. Wait 5 minutes between the coats.
    After, spray 3-5 coats of primer. Wait 5-10 minutes between each coat. Let the pieces sit for about 45 minues before going on tot he next step.
    *NOTE: IF YOU GGET RUNS OR BLOCTHES, YOU CAN WATERSAND THEM DOWN WITH THE 320 GRIT SANDPAPER.


    THIRD
    It is now time to spray the color. Spray 3-5 coats of paint. Wait 5-10 minutes between each coat.
    After, let the parts dry for about 30 minutes and then apply as many coats of clear as youd like. Wait 5-10 minutes between each coat of clear.


    FOURTH
    YOU MAY WANT TO WETSAND THE CLEAR WITH 1500 GRIT AND THEN APPLY RUBBING COUMPOUND TO GET A LIKE MIRROR FINISH. UP TO YOU!
    Grab a beer and enjoy a job well done!
    Last edited by WaldoAZ; 11-28-2008 at 02:10 AM.

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    Nice job, Waldo! looks professional. I want to do this to my tailgate handle. There are guys selling painted tailgate handle assemblies on eBay but no one I've seen has them with the a locking feature, so I will have to go this route too. When I finish I'll post pics as well.

    P.S. Did you order your primer & adhesion promoter from automotivetouchup.com also, or just the paint?
    Last edited by gmcem50; 12-01-2008 at 11:20 AM. Reason: more info
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    great job turned out really well. Never considered color matching my tailgate handle. Project for next weekend maybe
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    Finally got around to doing this.
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    Looks like a great job.
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    looks good

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    Looks good, thanks for taking the time to do this write-up!
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    Moved to Write-ups.
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    Great write-up!
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    thanks a lot for this. My goal is to have no black plastic on my truck, I didnt want full chrome door and tailgate assemblies. So I got the chrome handles and I;m going to be color matching the pieces around the actual handles. I havent seen anyone do this yet. You're write up is definitely going to help me.

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