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Old 04-28-2014, 05:50 PM   #1
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Painting AC shrouds/covers

I was thinking about painting my AC covers a shade of grey to match my coach. They are black plastic now and even though our coach is only two years old, they are starting to fade. I painted our covers on our Discovery with Kyrlon when they faded, but just stayed with black. They looked realy good and were easier to clean. I would be concerned the paint might peel off and look worse than faded if I changed colors!

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Old 04-28-2014, 06:01 PM   #2
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Prep is everything. Make sure to clean the covers thoroughly and use a paint compatible with plastic.


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Old 04-28-2014, 06:07 PM   #3
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Used a Plastic Krylon paint on mine 1 year ago still look like I just painted them. I went with white for least amount of heat transfer from the sun. While I had the covers off I also covered the metal dog house over the cooling coils with Reflectix insulation. Used the 3M upholstery spray adhesive available at WalMart.
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:53 PM   #4
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Painted our new 2014 Phaeton covers white just for the cooling effect and to increase efficiency.
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:08 PM   #5
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There is a plastic primer called "Bulldog". You should be able to get it at an auto paint store and even some big box stores. It's a primer for plastic and helps make the paint adhere.
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Old 04-29-2014, 04:57 AM   #6
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Yeah, prep is very important. I did my a/c shrouds and satellite dome to match the coach. I even clear coated all of them. They look great and it's been 7yrs. now. I'll go up on the roof once a year and give them a good coat of wax to keep them looking good.
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Any place thst sells automotive paint can custom mix you some paint that will be perfect match. As was said above, use a primer made for plastic. Make sure there is no grease, oil, gunk.... On the covers. You can use rubbing alchahol, or pre-prep cleaner.
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Old 04-30-2014, 11:02 PM   #8
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I've had great results using

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during restoration of several cars that needed a color change for replacement plastic trim pieces. They also have all the prep materials needed for cleaning and softening the plastic. Not the cheapest, but worth it in my experience.

Available from auto paint supply stores and upholstery shops. Available online, but shipping is expensive.

Good luck with your repainting project.

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Old 04-30-2014, 11:20 PM   #9
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Another great product

As mentioned earlier, this stuff bonds to plastic like ---- well you know what I mean.
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Originally Posted by Tomtall View Post
As mentioned earlier, this stuff bonds to plastic like ---- well you know what I mean.
I am going to second this. I used fusion paint ten years ago to change the color of the formica top on a bathroom in a rental house I bought. With all the wear and tear around a bathroom sink it is still in good shape and has not peeled at all.
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last year when i painted my fiberglass roof, i used the same dicor coating to paint everything on the roof including a/c shrouds and satellite dome (except solar panels and skylights ). it's white and anti-uv. it's still good as i climbed up there a few days ago, hopefully it will last long.
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Just to be different. I used Rustoleum Universal when I repainted my mirrors as they were a mixture of plastic and metal. No primer required! Universal® Brand Page

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