Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: NE PA
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Sled: 1997 t cat,1997 zrt 600
I did two hoods last yr, one I taped off decals and sanded down hood and rattle can painted
and other did a full strip down of decals and sanded and had a body shop paint it for me
the rattle can came out very nice, but wasn't the color I had hoped for,
used GOOD paint, , supposed to be Glass black, but came out Black Matte, then tried to clear coat and NO better
contacted company, and they sent me all new paint,m re sanded down and had exact same results
looks decent, but not GLOSS
and again did it all with decals,
after all the paint layers were on it, (did 3 coats of gloss/ and 3 of clear, it ended up being almost smooth with decals, so, its HARD to see that they were NOT added after painting
but a lot comes down to how well you tape your decals off
the hood the body shop painted, has great gloss, but they screwed me with doing a piss poor job of finish sanding and painting, used like one caot very thin and NOT happy at all with the job they did
they refused to correct, and got pissed off and gave up on a better paint job, as I had new decals made up, and winter was HERE by the time I got decals , so, didn;'t have time to re paint hood
and just stuck them on, but also got a second set of decals, so if down the road I wanted to re paint hood RIGHT way!
Decals are NOT cheap, and HARD to find OEM one's IF you even can!
a full set for the hood will be over 250 if not twice that if OEM
HOW Much you want the sled to be GOOD< will matter here on how much you wish to sink into things
I did a pretty much complete rebuild, so wanted it NICE, and spent a LOT on the whole project
but you can paint either way, decals on or off, if you do GOOD prep work
just make sure you use right type of paint, NOT all paint works on hoods that flex and such!