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Just a little curious. I was thinking of painting the black plastic portion of my front grille to white to match my car. The only problem is... that it's plastic. If I remember one time when I had my Integra, I took it to a body shop. I wanted them to paint the black OEM 'ground effects' to match the body of my car. They told me something about the paint not being effective enough to stick for long durations of time. I sort of witnessed that when I see other people try to paint their mudguards and such.

Now, I think the plastic is the same grade and material as the OEM 'ground effects' and mudguards. What do you all suggest I do? I'd like to first primer it, paint it, and then use gloss to make it shiny, but I don't want it paint to start coming off and getting stuck somewhere in the engine.

What primer do I use? The primer's that I have at home are made for wood, metal, and crafts (no plastic), is there some sort of primer I could use?
 

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I actually have mine painted body color too.

What you can do is go to Pep Boys and pick up a can of adhesion promoter that is supposed to allow paint to stick to plastics and stuff, and flexible primer. If you want it to shine, don't forget clear coat.
 

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Thanks I'll go ahead and do that. :D

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I actually have mine painted body color too.

What you can do is go to Pep Boys and pick up a can of adhesion promoter that is supposed to allow paint to stick to plastics and stuff, and flexible primer. If you want it to shine, don't forget clear coat.
 

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front grille

i have a polished billet grille from stylin sportcompact,,looks tight
though,,it cost me $147.00 including shipping...sorry i cant post
a pic.,but ill try it tommorrow,,just let ya guys know that thers a
available billet polished grille......
 

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You can also try the all purpose primer that you can find in autopart stores in the same area as their high temp paint and engine enamel. It works good on plastic. I have various engine components (plastic) painted and I used 2 coats of primer on each piece and I have had no problems.
 

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that billet grill is nasty

just paint it
sand it down first with 300 grit or so
then some finer sandpaper
clean the grill with some simple green
if u go to wal-mart, in the auto section there is an area with spray paint for autos, choose whichever color matches your car the best, primer, and clear coat. you probably wont need a flex agent, the primer should be sufficient if you prepped the grill well.
2-3 coats of primer
4-5 coats of paint
3-4 coats of clear coat
make sure to let it dry for a couple hours at least
 

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another suggestion...
on top of painting the grill to match your car
get some mesh grill or gutter guard and paint it flat black, stick it behind the grill and put either the A, Acura, or Legend emblem on there ;)
 

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Re: LEGEND R SLOW

klein said:
ONCE AGAIN ,,,,,BWAKA NG INA MO!!!! GET IT ,YA FIGURE
IT,,,,
haha are you vietnamese? sounds like something my vietnamese friend would say...

anyway about the billet grill being nasty, thats just my opinion so dont get so offended... sheesh
 

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Roger said:
i cant really see what the grill looks like very well the picture is kinda blurry it looks rainbow color is it crome??? it resembles a BMW to me with the emblem on the hood
ya , its polished aluminum,just like on suv...sorry,i dont have
digital camera,anyway thats d clearest i can post,,,,,
 

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klein said:
IM NOT!,ARE YOU?
I think you need to relax. There's no reason to be :mad: at me or anyone here. The use of all caps usually indicates a pissed off nature or excitement, but seeing as how you took LEGEND R SLOW's comment the wrong way, I'd assume that you are a bit pissed off.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, so if he doesn't like it, oh well, as long as what you like on your car, then it's fine, unless you care that much about impressing others.

And... BTW.. no. :p
 

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You can paint rigid plastic parts using the plastic primer. Mudguards are not rigid. The most difficult part in painting rocker panels or lower body panels is making sure they are absolutely clean of any contaminants. This means using a cleaner and a dewaxer prior to applying any primer.
 
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