i suck at spray painting...it's official.
I tried painting my engine plastics over the weekend. The first few pieces turned out pretty cool. I selected a Candy Apple Blue Fleck. Very nice. HOWEVER, can you all say "OVERSPRAY"??!?
Yeah, I'm a wretched painter. Now should I strip the whole piece and start fresh? Or just wait 24 hrs+ to totally dry and sand? Anybody have personal experience, hehe, or work at a Maaco?
you can start over WITHOUT sanding...
get a bottle of TESTERS "thinner" from any hobby shop... about $2.25 (or less)
THIS... (but the larger 1oz bottle) for enamel painthttp://www.testors.com/Product.asp?product%5fid=1148
This is the one that I've always used...
the prices are the exact same if you were to buy it online or in a hobby shop - but you don't have to pay the $4 S&H if you bought it in the hobby shop
OR THIS for dried Acrylic paint... (I've never used this before)http://www.testors.com/Product.asp?product%5fid=50495
you can also buy these from Toys R Us, KB Toys, Micheal's or even JoAnne's or where plastic models or paint crafts are sold
now go to Pep-Boys (or target or walmart) and buy a bag of WHITE rags (not red)
open the bottle of thinner and place your rag on top of the opening... now turn the bottle upside-down so that you get some thinner onto your rag (it only takes a small amount of thinner)
... now rub this rag all over the ENTIRE plastics area (it will be uneven if you only do a small portion of the plastics)
the whole point of this is to REMOVE most of the paint.. so that you are back down to plastic ONLY... or a thin layer of paint
... this is fairly messy, and you WILL use all of your rags... rub them around, trying to get most of the paint off.
don't worry if there is still a slight tint of paint left... just make sure that it's even, and when you repaint your plastics - it will look smooth
... the thinner evaporates - so do this stuff within a 30 minute session and at a well-ventilated area such as your garage.
I suggest laying down a bunch of newspapers before beginning this "strip" project.
stripping total cost should be NO MORE then $6, and about 30 minutes of your time.
after stripping the paint, wait about an hour then hose-down and scrub your plastics with a clean SOFT towel (soft, because the paint that *YOU* are using is a clear paint)
completely dry your plastics and begin painting as you had been before... but take your time (as you should have done the first time
Just take your time and don't try to cut waiting time... make this a project to be done when you don't have anything else planned for the time
This method also works for when you paint your dash and you screwed-up and need a "RE-DO"