Re-spraying Mirror Covers

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Julesmat50
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Re-spraying Mirror Covers

#1 Post by Julesmat50 » Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:42 pm

Having been put to shame seeing the pristine looking Flame Red 400 on the front cover of The Viking, I have decided to at least change the colour of the mirror covers from sun-faded pink, back to the proper red. :blushing
Having looked closely, I can see that as well as being faded, there are also some chips in the paint right down to the plastic. What would be the best option for this :-
Try to fill the chips, smooth the paint and spray it.
Remove the paint back to the plastic and respray from scratch.
I have to be honest and say that the second option is more the way I'm leaning right now, but would anyone have a good suggestion as to how I could remove the paint without causing any more damage to the cover. I could use wet and dry to remove the paint, or perhaps try a paint stripping compound, but I don't want to be left with dissolved plastic as well as paint. Has anyone done this that could point me in the right direction?

I should also point out that these are the mirrors with the removable covers, not the solid backs with a coloured insert.
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Re: Re-spraying Mirror Covers

#2 Post by Johnny 216GSi » Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:32 pm

Well, if they're the removable back kind, surely the backs come off and can be dealt with entirely separately, i.e. leaving the rest of the mirror alone? I've never dealt with the removable back type, but I've seen other people replace the backs with aftermarket covers.

If they come off, I'd sand them down to plastic, find a decent plastic primer and do a coat or two, key this, do a couple of colour coats, key and lacquer.
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Re: Re-spraying Mirror Covers

#3 Post by 1234dist » Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:46 am

prise them off, sand, filler, sand, primer, paint, lacquer job done.
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