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Will this work on plastic? - October 8, 2007, 06:07 PM

I'm doing a rattle can job on my bike and used The Google to get some tips and secrets.Stumbled across this: http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/...0&fpart=1&vc=1 Scroll down a couple posts where the guy tells how he paints cars with a foam roller.Check out the cars he painted.Pretty sick paint jobs.If it's legit,will that stuff work on plastic?


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wow, keep this updated if you do try it. interesting.


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October 9, 2007, 08:53 AM

Your biggest concern with plastic will probably be how brittle the paint is. If it's a brittle paint it will crack when the plastic flexes (metal flexes less than plastic). Enamel sounds brittle to me.

I rattled Rustoleum's hammered silver on my lower farings, and they look fabulous 2 years later. One year ago I rattled Rustoleum's hammered black onto my uppers and the paint cracked almost immediately.

It's cheap. Probably worth a try, but look for cracking once you've finished.


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October 9, 2007, 08:55 AM

if you are gonna rattle-can, I've had phenomenal luck with Krylon Fusion (designed to paint plastic)--its flexible as hell and won't crack. but, as with all painting, be sure the surface is clean and free of all oils (even finger prints) otherwise you'll get bubbling and poor adhesion (which plagued my first attempt)


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Krylon Fusion is good stuff. I have had good results on plastic computer parts using automotive vinyl dye as well, but I have no idea if they work as well on the compounds in a motorcycle fairing.


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every bike i rattlecan'd were done with KRYLON FUSION

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Will this fusion stuff work on fiberglass, like track plastics?
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Extra tip: If you have some areas in the spray path that you don't want painted, you can cover them with turtlewax. This is an old streetrod trick for emblems because they are a PITA to tape. After the paint has dried, rub away the paint-covered wax.

Thanks for this thread, fellas. I'd like to paint the number plate of an acerbis cyclops headlight and was wondering what the best paint would be. Think I'll try the fusion.


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The other recommendation I'd make with the fusion is to use some steel wool or 3m abrasive pad to rough the surface, even if it's primed, before painting it. The paint will adhere a lot better if it has a bunch of little microscopic scratches to hang on to.


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to reply back to this regarding rustoleum....

thinning it out does have great returns.

im going to get a can of rustoleum and thin it out and paint something...ill get back you guys
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SPEND A COUPLE BUCKS AND BUY A VISCOSITY CUP...AND MATCH THE VISCOSITY OF THE THINNED PAINT TO THE TEMPRATURE YOU ARE PAINTING IN. IT WILL HELP KEEP YOU FROM WASTING PAINT OR WIPING UP RUNS OR NOT COVERING (HAVING TO COAT 5 OR 6 X RATHER THEN 3X). THE AUTO PAINT SHOP SHOULD HAVE A VISCOSITY CHART ON HAND. THEY MAY LAUGH IF YOU TELL THEM YOU ARE ROLLING IT SO USE YOUR DISCRESSION.

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