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Offline sbaumann14

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painting ABS or polyethelyne
« on: February 12, 2018, 06:24:43 PM »
Ive got my HF tag a long trailer and I want to paint the top to match the two tone of the bike (03 Heritage springer), ive never painted anything before, and ive got two questions....

1) what the hell kind of paint do I use? just keep it simple and rattle can it? watch some utube vids, learn some stuff, and get a cheap gun and go to town?

2) the lid has plenty of flex to it...will any paint I use crack and spider no matter what?

anyone ever paint one of these?

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Re: painting ABS or polyethelyne
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2018, 06:50:45 PM »
If you are going to use rattle can make sure it is for plastic. You will get a better job with a urethane with hardner and a gun but the expense is five ten times more, and you should use a flexing agent in the paint over the plastic.
You only need a small touch up gun, I like the hvlp gravity guns, you can get them cheap on eBay.  Rattle can you cannot color sand and polish, urethane you can and it will last ten times longer.
Rattle can is very easy, gun takes some practice, skill.
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Re: painting ABS or polyethelyne
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2018, 06:55:47 PM »
Go to your local body shop and ask them what they use on the plastic bumpers and wheel wells on cars and trucks. They take lots of flexing without spider web cracking.
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Re: painting ABS or polyethelyne
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2018, 07:34:28 PM »
they make the 2k urethane in a rattle can....would this be an option?

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Re: painting ABS or polyethelyne
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2018, 08:18:08 PM »
Low solid content in rattle cans due to not much pressure available. Buy or borrow any cheap spray gun so you can have the pressure to squirt a few good thick coats that you can polish.
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Re: painting ABS or polyethelyne
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2018, 05:11:27 AM »
If you buy or borrow a gun, also get the inline dryer to keep moisture out of the paint.
I think I'll just stay home today, it looks too peoplely out there.

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Re: painting ABS or polyethelyne
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2018, 05:42:50 AM »
I have rattle canned a couple car top carriers. The first thing is to clean them. They had mold release on them from the factory and it takes some effort to get it off. I scrubbed them with a red scotch brite and lacquer thinner 3-4 times, and hot soap and water a couple times. You can buy rattle can primer for plastic at NAPA, but to be honest I used it only once. The other time I just used  Rustoleum primer and paint, rattle can from a hardware store and it held up just fine. The horrors of painting plastic are over blown IMO.
I am an adult?? When did that happen, and how do I make it stop?!

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Re: painting ABS or polyethelyne
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2018, 05:51:56 AM »
I have rattle canned a couple car top carriers. The first thing is to clean them. The other time I just used  Rustoleum primer and paint, rattle can from a hardware store and it held up just fine. The horrors of painting plastic are over blown IMO.
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Re: painting ABS or polyethelyne
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2018, 05:58:21 AM »
Use a paint compatible with ABS. I've seen some plastics get extremely brittle from certain solvents in the paints.
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Re: painting ABS or polyethelyne
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2018, 06:40:27 AM »
will take into consideration....thanks guys, will post pics when I get it all done this spring