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Old 03-27-2016, 02:30 PM   #1
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Is painting recommended for replaced plastic body parts?

I had several cracked, large plastic trim pieces on my '07 Damon Outlaw. Ordered and received the replacements, but it hadn't occurred to me that they wouldn't come in white to match the originals.
Both my girlfriend and I agree that the black of the new parts would look great without painting.
So, my question is:should I have them painted anyway as protection against premature deterioration from sun/UV?

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I'd think painting them, whatever color you choose, is superior to leaving the plastic exposed to nature.
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I'd think painting them, whatever color you choose, is superior to leaving the plastic exposed to nature.
Thanks Bob,
While I suspect you are right, my desire to not paint is to save money and time.
I guess I'm really hoping someone will chime in with knowledge and say something like: "I'm a materials scientist, and your parts are probably made from XXX plastic, which is not effected by UV radiation. There is no need to paint them"
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Dan, I took into account that most of Colorado is at a mile high elevation or better. Thinner atmosphere means more exposure to UV rays from the sun. Painting is cheaper than replacing. That's why I suggested painting in the first place.
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Painting will help protect the appearance, just be aware that some plastics require special paint. I have bought plastic spray paint for interior trim pieces at most auto parts places.
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Dan,

What parts are these?
If it is the rear cap...please double check fitment before doing any dis-assembly or painting, because there is a difference between the '07 plastic caps and later models - slightly different lengths and shapes.

TMC has been making their plastic trim out of dark gray base material since about 2010. The factory engineers expected these pieces to be painted, since all Outlaw's have had full body paint since that time.

In '07, the plastic trim base materials were white (rear cap, wheel arch, etc) and therefore MUCH less prone to UV damage...so I would recommend painting any plastic trim to protect the material. And, painting after install is best to prevent paint damage during the install.

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They'll turn brittle quickly without paint. The black will absorb more heat and intensify the effect. Plastic takes some extra steps for painting. You need to rough up the surface a little and use a bonding spray like "Bull Dog". Once prepped, you can add your white.
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FYI,
I spoke with a body shop manager and his head painter today.
They thought it would be fine to leave them unpainted - just coat with was every few months. I think I will use a protectant like 303.
...and it will save me about $600.
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I would agree that 303 protectant would save the plastic parts...we use it to protect our last remaining decal on the tail/ramp/deck after our decal removal (see the signature block for before and after) as well as the white plastic parts.

Just must do an application annually (at the least).

Hope you post a photo when it's done.
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As a wrap up for this topic:
The install was fairly straight forward, but was tricky with just myself working in some windy conditions.
I think it looks great. I even added new white overlapping trim strips.
303 Protectant every couple of months is the plan.
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You're right...the contrast looks GOOD

Just for future reference...was the parts order recent - as if to suggest they still can offer these pieces, now?

Thanks for the follow-up.
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Thanks!
Yes, the parts were ordered recently. Didn't seem like the Camping World OEM parts person had much trouble finding them. Think the 3 parts and shipping ran me close to $1000 though Had to do it though- the old parts were disintegrating.
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Thanks Bob,
While I suspect you are right, my desire to not paint is to save money and time.
I guess I'm really hoping someone will chime in with knowledge and say something like: "I'm a materials scientist, and your parts are probably made from XXX plastic, which is not effected by UV radiation. There is no need to paint them"
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I assume that those replacement plastic trim pieces are probably made from XXX plastic, which is not effected by UV radiation.
However because I'm not a materials scientist I would paint them with a UV protection spray paint for plastic.
https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q...nt+for+plastic
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