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Old 04-19-2016, 05:04 PM   #1
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Red face EXTERIOR MOD - Plastic replacements/paint

Hi There... We are in the process of "refreshing" the exterior of our newly purchased 2012 Viewfinder. The unit is in great shape except for extensive Phoenix sun damage. We have de-oxidized, polished, and waxed the side panels with Meguiar's Marine/Fiberglass Restoration Kit and WOW!... what a difference.
We have also replaced all of the small plastic covers, ports and hatches except for the outside shower cover which looks pretty bad (oxidized and discolored). I was wondering if anyone has tried to restore the exterior plastic covers/ports and coat them with a paint made for plastic. Replacement is quite expensive and I doubt if we would ever use it anyway. Any suggestions? Thank you for any input!
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I would highly recommend painting the plastic for the Arizona sun and then keep the paint protected with a good polish with a UV inhibitor. Good luck and keep us posted.
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I would highly recommend painting the plastic for the Arizona sun and then keep the paint protected with a good polish with a UV inhibitor. Good luck and keep us posted.
I totally agree. Plastics unpainted seem to suffer UV damage much faster than painted plastics.
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What Paint works well for protecting Plastic?

Thanks for the info. We are newbies and your ideas are sure a big help! There is so much to learn.
We had no idea that the new plastic needed painting. Should I use a plastics paint such as Krylon from Home Depot or something better? Krylon makes a clear UV protection top coat. Using that as well probably wouldn't hurt.
The Arizona sun is brutal!
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I painted the stove vent cover that had weathered to a dingy yellowish color with paint made for plastic. I think it was either Rustoleum or Krylon. That was two years ago and the cover still looks great. Easy and quick fix.

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All the paint that is meant for plastic application is fine and will last well. You will not have a problem.
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If you really want it to last use a base coat.clear coat just like on cars. I do not know your capability or equipment availability. If I where to do it I would use a BC/CC and use a primer called bully dog that is made for plastics.
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I painted some plastic parts on my truck with the Krylon spray cans for plastics paint, and it's still holding up well. The thing to remember is, preparation is KEY.

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Thanks for the Inputs!

You are all such a great help. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and your experience!
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I agree with the clean part no matter what paint you use. Use a degreaser then scrub with scotch brite and a product like comet or bartenders friend and then wipe with alcohol and let dry. Do not handle with bare hands as oil from skin can and will cause problems.
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