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Thread: Painted my mirror caps.
08-17-2011, 02:34 PM #11
oh okay well i would do what others have said and maybe add a couple more coats of clear to get it close to the paint on your truck. I'm ready to get my mirror's painted next month it's gonna look Way better. I'm also thinking about getting the rest of the plastic on my truck painted to match also and leave the chrome since i haven't seen many people do that and still have that lil bit of chrome ha!!
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Buschwacker OE Style Tailgate Cap
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Debadged Chrome Lettering
Door Molding Removed
08-17-2011, 08:26 PM #12
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I take it these were chrome to begin with?
08-17-2011, 08:43 PM #13
08-17-2011, 11:14 PM #14
As Mike said, textured black like the rest of the mirror housing, sanded smooth and painted.Adam
08-17-2011, 11:25 PM #15
As you know since you commented on it, I just did that on my Avalanche. Same process with the duplicolor in a spray can. I got the perfectly smooth finish - actually smoother than the factory. All you have to do is get some 2000 grit wet/dry sandpaper and wetsand them until the clearcoat is smooth. After I did that, I added 3 more coats of clear (not because I had to, but because mirrors face forward and tend to get hit by rocks) and then wetsanded again.
Once you have them wetsanded nice and smooth, all you have to do is use some wax or polish to get them to a high shine and they will stay that way. If you have a power polisher, it will take less than a minute per cap to polish them out. If not, it still only takes a couple of minutes.
If you take these couple of steps here, as long as you got all the texture off when you sanded them, you should have a very professional looking finish.
BUT, as they are, they already look much better than the crappy textured plastic they originally were. Good job.
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08-18-2011, 11:11 AM #16
08-18-2011, 02:14 PM #17
Ok, I hit them with the buffer and some polishing compound today, got the shine a little deeper.
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