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Re: Opinions on painting plastic body mouldings plz

No amount of paint coats will 'smooth out' a rough, or textured surface - the paint will apply itself uniformly, and adopt the contours of the surface.

If you want it smooth, it would need to be lightly rubbed back to smooth, then primed, painted & lacquered.

To achieve a 'satin' finish, there are 2 options (both of which use a standard clear lacquer)
  1. apply very light dusting coats, rather than full coats (and 'fuse' with heat, from a hairdrier/heatgun)
  2. apply normal coats, but leave to dry atmospherically away from moisture
Both will give a durable finish which is not high-gloss.

I do get the impression though, that once the sides are done, you'll want to paint the black plastic at the front & rear also.

It's a bit of a Pandora's Box, insofar as once the ball is rolling, it'll be difficult to stop.



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