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Old 09-24-2012, 04:55 PM
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Painted Skirts, Bumper and Front Grill Black

I was at wits end with that horrible gray all around my Montreal Blue 1995 325i Vert, so I originally thought I would scrub the grey off to the Montreal Blue. Started the job and was having some success but decided that, in my opinion, the skirts, bumper and front grill would look cool gloss black.

I got some 400 grit paper and sanded down the skirts, then wiped with mineral spirits followed by tack rag. For the skirts I purchased two rattle cans of gloss black Krylon Rust, two rattle cans of Krylon Fusion for the plastic bumper and grille and two rattle cans of Krylon Clear coat for everything.

I spent most of Friday and Saturday taking my time. I gave each skirt, rear bumper and front grille 5 very thin coats of black followed by three coats of clear. Came out awesome. Only pissed I didn't do it sooner.

My whip looks really clean trimmed in the gloss black. Only thing that I messed up was after I sanded the skirts, I didn't rewash the car, I only wiped down the to be painted surfaces as mentioned. After the job was complete I waited till Sunday to wash the car to get all the dust off. Well, some of the fine dust would not come off and the surface of the paint felt rough. At first I was concerned that it would not come off but then I decided to clay the entire car. Claying worked like a gem, paint is as smooth as a baby's buttocks.

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