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Old 02-17-2011, 04:15 PM
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I'm gonna be doing some painting in the spring once the weather cleans up a bit. I'm going to be painting the front and rear rams head badges (debadging the rest of the truck), enigine cover, and contemplating some ideas with my K&N CAI. I'm looking for a little advice as to how and go about painting each thing. From looking at other peoples posts, I know I need to get some degreaser for the engine cover and CAI, then my best guess is that I should prime and sand it smooth and then tape, paint, and clear coat. The badges are what I' a little hung up on...looking at all of the other posts, I can't really figure out if they've primed their badges before painting or just had at it. I havn't fully decided on my paint scheme for the badges but one of my choices is going with dupli-color shadow chrome and get a black chrome look...from what I can see of others that have used that, they didn't prime first, but those that just used a color on their badges, don't mention anything regarding the priming step.

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I would say that they had to atleast of sanded the rams heads before just spraying. I wouldnt think it would stick that well unless you use some type of spray adhesive or primer to fill in the scratches from sanding it. i havent done much painting to my truck but that would be my 2 cents.

As for the engine cover, most guys would clean it with some type of degreaser and then rewash it with soap and water to remove everything. primed it and then painted it. I have seen where others have used like a spray plastic adhesive to get the paint to stick better. also using a paint that can withstand high temps.
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Sounds like a good set of mods!! For painting plastic you don't need a primer. Just go with an adhesion promoter before you paint. Rough up the plastic first with something like a green scour pad. No need to prime the badges either.
Good luck and post some pics when you get'er done!!
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I dont think you primer if you use shadow chrome. go very light coats til you get the effect you want. to much and it will just be black go for it it'll look awesome
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If you want to go with the black chrome look do not sand the Ram head. The Dupli-Color shadow kit comes with a prep I believe. If not they have another product for that as well. If you sand the emblem you will see all of that with the black chrome look. You will basicaly ruin it. If you paint it then I do think you scuff it up with an SOS pad
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If you want to go with the black chrome look do not sand the Ram head. The Dupli-Color shadow kit comes with a prep I believe. If not they have another product for that as well. If you sand the emblem you will see all of that with the black chrome look. You will basicaly ruin it. If you paint it then I do think you scuff it up with an SOS pad
Great thanks for the input guys! I wasn't really worried about the engine cover as there are some really good write ups and step-by-step instructions on how others have done it on here but the badges I really didn't want to screw up lol....I want to do it right the first time so I don't have to do it again!
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Sounds like a good set of mods!! For painting plastic you don't need a primer. Just go with an adhesion promoter before you paint. Rough up the plastic first with something like a green scour pad. No need to prime the badges either.
Good luck and post some pics when you get'er done!!
That's correct for adhesion but I noticed that I didn't get a good color match (I used Duplicolor rattle cans) without a good primer coat underneath. The Inferno Red in particular didn't match correctly without primer gray under it.
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The duplicolor black chrome comes as a kit from your local auto parts store. I can't remember what two things come in the kit but there are two cans for just under $20.

Just looked at it yesterday but still deciding like you....
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Hey Barnyard, I noticed the same thing with my Inferno Red paint Job!! I thought maybe it was the paint!
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might suggest going to a good automotive paint and body tools shop...They usually can mix up whatever you need, interior plastic paints , high temp, flexable additives etc. I'm sure they can give you some great advice
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