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post #1 of 9 Old 12-16-2006, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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I did a search on here and i couldnt find anything, How would i go aobut paint my a-arms silver, what are the steps invovled in it, Removing them isnt a problem at all, thanks

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i myself painted my a-arms and i had used my glass beater to taker the old paint off.. i shot 1 coat a grey primer and i shot 2 coats of silver let it cure for 24 hours and then i shot 2 coats of clear coat to give it more of a gloss and shine look.. but let the first coat of clear cure for atleast a day... before applying 2nd coat

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (turnagainhardcore @ Dec 17 2006, 11:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
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i myself painted my a-arms and i had used my glass beater to taker the old paint off.. i shot 1 coat a grey primer and i shot 2 coats of silver let it cure for 24 hours and then i shot 2 coats of clear coat to give it more of a gloss and shine look.. but let the first coat of clear cure for atleast a day... before applying 2nd coat[/b]

what kinda paint did you use??? and did it hold up???
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First sandblast or beadblast. Second wipe off with parts cleaner real good, dry with compressed air. The more light coats of primer the better. Leave 20 minutes in between each coat of primer. Wait a day, light coats of paint of choice, wait 30 minutes on last coat before clearing. If your using rattle can good luck, I just did my whole rear skid, sandblasted, and had my buddy(painter at my work) only way it would come smooth was to wet sand in between each coat, plus we baked it so it turned out like a cars paint. If there not rusted and look fine whatever color they are, your best bet would be to leave it or have it powdercoated or painted professionally IMO... good luck

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have you thought about having them powder coated ?? after all the materials (if yer gonna spray w auto type paint) you might be into it for close to the coating. just a thought. seems everyone is a little hesitant to post before doing a 500 page archive search, after someone chewed you up last week!! Don't worry kudos to you for doing all this work at yer age, reminds me of myself lol. they should be praising you, after all you could be like alot of other kids saving all there money to go out and hit the pipe after school. I ask plenty of dumb questions
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after all you could be like alot of other kids saving all there money to go out and hit the pipe after school. I ask plenty of dumb questions [/b]
^^ my whole school but me and a select few right there

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just got my arms back today from paint. I had them done right here in town by a autobody guy I know, he charged $150. which may sound high but he said he easily had 3-4hrs into them plus paint so I guess he kinda cut me a deal.

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$150, thats not high at all... With materials and preping, paint, and clear/hardner that isnt bad at all.

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I do rattle cans and 3-4 weeks off an don in the garage every year for a-arms and just about any part I can pull off, prep, and paint. I call it therepy

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