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K so I want to paint my haf yellow and the front orange. I was watching youtube videos and I think this is how I'm supposed to do it:
-Sand it
-Wipe it down
-put first coat
-second coat in other direction
-let it dry

Is that right? Do I need primer? Also, I want to make the front glossy orange and smooth like a car, but I don't know how. Someone please explain

EDIT: how much do you think all this will cost?
Edited by Kill2Fill - 5/8/11 at 1:35pm
post #2 of 8
Note: there are paints that are specially made for plastics, these provide better adhesion to plastic parts than regular paint.

Naturally you want to sand it first, this helps the paint adhere to the base; ideally you'll completely sand off the old paint as this will provide the best final result.

There are some paints that are formulated such that you don't need a primer, but I prefer using a regular primer then regular paint.

Another note: I personally prefer using a spray gun over a rattle can since this offers more control over the spray pattern resulting in a better finished product; further, this doesn't hurt your trigger finger so much. There are devices that clamp to a rattle can to give you a gun style trigger, but they don't work well on some cans.



Essentially you'll want to do the following:
  1. sand down old paint
  2. clean the surface (e.g. with isopropyl alcohol) to get rid off any dust
  3. apply 2-3 coats of primer (letting it dry between coats)
  4. sand smooth with very fine sandpaper
  5. clean
  6. apply 2-3 coats of paint
  7. if sufficient paint quality, proceed; otherwise repeat from step 4 using finer sandpaper
  8. apply 2-3 coats of clear-coat to provide a more durable finish
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post #3 of 8
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Ty that helps a lot. But will the clear-coat make the case glossy?
post #4 of 8
You can get both high gloss and semi-gloss clear coats.
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do I sand after every coat of paint?
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no, after 2-3 coats you may want to sand a bit then apply 2-3 more coats; no need to sand before the clear coat
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what is "wet sanding", and should I do it
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sanding with water on the surface being sanded; this traps the removed particulates in the water rather than having it become airborne
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