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Does anyone know the best way to paint the plastic panels? thanks
GatorBro15...I have an 04 EX and my panels were fading almost to the point where they were white. I read in one of the threads that someone used the Dupont Krylon Fusion paint which claims to be specially formulated for any kind of plastic. I bought a can of Black Matte and tried it. i used a total of 3 cans to do all the panels. I'll have to say I was quite impressed with the outcome. Here are some tips to help you out:

1. Make sure the ambient air temperature is at least 60 degrees F and you paint inside a garage or other suitable inside location.
2. Do a good job at masking the areas you do not want painted.
3. Shake the can for at least 5 minutes before application.
4. Clean the area with an ammonia based cleaner prior to application (I used windex and paper towels).
5. Wear a dust mask or respirator when applying the paint.

After I was finished my neighbor asked me when I got a new car.
 

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thanks jackson49 i may try it soon. just need to wait until it actually gets below 60 degrees here in florida
 

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thanks jackson49 i may try it soon. just need to wait until it actually gets below 60 degrees here in florida
I think that means above 60 :D
 
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I'll give a plug for the Dupont Krylon Fusion paint too. I painted inside of the "H" on the grill with Honda blue. It really stands out. An easy, inexpensive way to personalize your E.
 

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mothers back to black is all you needed, its like $4.99 and a sponge...Rub it on, stays good for months, and then you can do it again and again, looks like new.
 

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I use turtle wax tire wet n' black on all of the black plastics on my V. It works great and lasts a long time but it will make smear marks on the paint that you will have to wash off but it will not ruin the paint.
 

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I used Dupli-Colors Bumper coating, it comes in Lt Grey, Med Gray and Black. I used the black and used around 6 or 7 cans at $6 a can. That did around around three coats a panel. Painted the panel while they were still on the car just masked and covered the rest of the car for over spary. Sure made a hell of a difference going from Lt. Grey to Black with less that $50. Check out there website for more info on that Bumper coating. Picked it up at Advance Auto Parts....
 

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GatorBro15...I have an 04 EX and my panels were fading almost to the point where they were white. I read in one of the threads that someone used the Dupont Krylon Fusion paint which claims to be specially formulated for any kind of plastic. I bought a can of Black Matte and tried it. i used a total of 3 cans to do all the panels. I'll have to say I was quite impressed with the outcome. Here are some tips to help you out:

1. Make sure the ambient air temperature is at least 60 degrees F and you paint inside a garage or other suitable inside location.
2. Do a good job at masking the areas you do not want painted.
3. Shake the can for at least 5 minutes before application.
4. Clean the area with an ammonia based cleaner prior to application (I used windex and paper towels).
5. Wear a dust mask or respirator when applying the paint.

After I was finished my neighbor asked me when I got a new car.
That is a very useful steps of painting the panels....
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I used Dupli-Colors Bumper coating, it comes in Lt Grey, Med Gray and Black. I used the black and used around 6 or 7 cans at $6 a can. That did around around three coats a panel. Painted the panel while they were still on the car just masked and covered the rest of the car for over spary. Sure made a hell of a difference going from Lt. Grey to Black with less that $50. Check out there website for more info on that Bumper coating. Picked it up at Advance Auto Parts....
thanks that sounds pretty good
 

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I used Dupli-Colors Bumper coating, it comes in Lt Grey, Med Gray and Black. I used the black and used around 6 or 7 cans at $6 a can. That did around around three coats a panel. Painted the panel while they were still on the car just masked and covered the rest of the car for over spary. Sure made a hell of a difference going from Lt. Grey to Black with less that $50. Check out there website for more info on that Bumper coating. Picked it up at Advance Auto Parts....
Wheres the pics:confused:

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okay i'm obviously not getting an answer for the above question.

here's another question:
what color do YOU think would look best to paint the plastic panels on a black element? and with what paint?

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okay i'm obviously not getting an answer for the above question.

here's another question:
what color do YOU think would look best to paint the plastic panels on a black element? and with what paint?

:)
ruiner....I'm not sure if there are any "metal" panels already painted available for your E but as I stated earlier in this thread I used the Krylon Fusion paint on mine. The color is Satin Black. $4.39 a can at WalMart.:razz:
 

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Okay, for all of those that are interested in painting their grey panels black... Just do it... :D

Now, I painted my panels with the Krylon Fusion satin black and have MANY compliments...
I chose to remove all the panels and paint them individually and the whole process took me 2 days to complete. Now guys, I know you are asking yourselves... " I don't know if I could do that " Well, you can... Just to give you a little boost of encouragment, I have cancer that I have been fighting for some time so when I'm working on my E I often get tired and have to take many breaks, so I know you all can do it... If you choose to remove all the panels then be prepared to replace a lot of the body clips that hold the panels to the E. I didn't mind paying for new clips because I really didn't want to tape up my whole truck and paint. The only product I used to clean my panels before painting was denatured alcohol and a rag to "scrub" the panels with the alcohol. The alcohol evaporates quickly so their was no time waiting for the panels to dry before painting. I painted my panels about 4 months ago and have gone through SEVERAL pressure washings and hand washings and the panels still look emaculate. I would rather paint them then use the dye... I used the dye when I first purchased my E and that was the worse thing I ever did to my panels. Whenever a bug would hit my panels and then I washed it, it would "chip" the dye away... And yes I used the Forever Black, which I do NOT recommend. I will try to post some pictures of my panels when I get an opportunity to get outside, I just got out of surgery so movement for me is not good right now.... Good luck to those who choose to paint with Krylon Fusion... You'll love it!!! :D
 
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