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I brought my truck into my buddies shop to see about painting the side view mirrors and handles. He said that the plastic has a release agent in it that makes a ***** to make paint stick and that it would need to be sandblasted and then epoxied and then sanded to get paint to stick. He also said that if I wanted to do that my happy ass was on my own ;)

Anyone know of other options. Are painted aftermarket units available? A particular type of primer that might stick?
 

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Krylon?

I don't know that much about it but Krylon has a paint for plastic. I painted some stack chairs about 8 mos ago and the are still OK but they were resin and not in the sun...........Jack
 

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womsterr, i went to my dealer I am going to have this done in the next couple of weeks. He told me they would sand and use some kind of bonding agent. I did not ask the name of it. They do some nice work there and told me he had painted these parts in the past without any problems. However he did caution that they could be susceptible to chipping, Disclaimer. To me the benefit outweighs the risk. I hate that black plastic ****! ;)

The only aftermarket painted mirrors I have seen are the Streetscene mirrors, IMO they are too small and don't look right on a truck!
 

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Womsteer this might be a time consuming way, or maybe even $. Some companies make these stainless steel covers for the handles and the mirrors. You can get these and then take them to be powder coated. much stronger and less chip resistant. There is a bonding agent that after sanding and filling would work, but with the handles opening and the mirrors out there the would both chip eventually. There is a couple of companies that I found at one time that make mirrors which I plan to get to replace the elephant ear mirrirs. You can also buy complete billet door handles which would be even better then have them powder coated.
 

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womsterr said:
I brought my truck into my buddies shop to see about painting the side view mirrors and handles. He said that the plastic has a release agent in it that makes a ***** to make paint stick and that it would need to be sandblasted and then epoxied and then sanded to get paint to stick. He also said that if I wanted to do that my happy ass was on my own ;)

Anyone know of other options. Are painted aftermarket units available? A particular type of primer that might stick?
Hey there Womsterr.. I had mine done. Find a different paint guy. There is a plastic primer that after you sand off the matte finish, apply the primer, then paint with standard gloss paint. I'll post a pic or two shortly.

Craig
 

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There are two products, one called BULLDOG, and the other from a company called PPG. The bulldog is what was used here.

The truck is really dirty, but you get the drift.

Craig
 

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BigDodgeInAlaska said:
Looks like the detailer is going to get fired! :D
Yea, no doubt. :) All my vehicles are dirty right now. Construction everywhere.

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Womsteer, I had the grill & bumper painted on the last Chevy I had, the painter told me the same thing about the release agent. I had him sand them & wipe down with Bulldog & paint with the regular factory paint. It worked fine. It did chip a little, on the bumper where it got all the rocks. Bulldog is just a bonding agent, it looks & smell just like paint thinner. The truck was 4 yrs. old & still looked good when I sold it. ML
 
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