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post #1 of 40 Old April 7th, 2012, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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How to paint to match your mirrors.

I'm doing this right now so I thought I would take pictures along the way and write this up in-between coats while I wait. Mods feel free to sticky. This is my first time trying to do a write up. Everything was done from my IPhone using the photobucket app(free) and this web site.

List of supplies:
7/16 wrench
Small screw driver
Rubbing alcohol
Steel wool or other abrasive material
Automotive masking tape
Razor blade (not needed but good to have)
Dupli-color in your cars color. Auto Zone $6
Dupli-color clear coat. Auto zone $6
Paper towels
1000-2000 grit sand paper if your are going to wet sand. I'm going to try it.

Start by removing your mirrors. Pry the cover off with your hand or screw driver. (i don't have the Mach system so mine was just a cover.) 7/16 wrench to undo three nuts. Pull the door handle part of the door off just so you can get to the power mirror conection tab. Use the small screw driver to open the tab and the pull the mirror off completely.

Next, take the masking tape and completely cover the mirror portion and make sure you wrap the tape tightly around the edges so you can over spray the inside edges of the housing.

Now, take your steel wool and just ruff up the whole thing. It doesn't take much to start taking the plastic off. When you are done, wipe the whole surface down with a paper towel wet with the rubbing alcohol. I hung them up off of my garage door,with a coat hanger, with door half way down and a tarp hanging down from the door to prevent over spray on our cars in the drive way.



Now the fun begins. Shake the spray can as per directions and begin your first coat. Wait 10mins between coats.
Coat #1

Coat #3

Now I'm waiting 30 mins before I start the clear coat process. So far I am VERY impressed with not only the color match, but just how easy this really is to do, and I think it will look really good, as long my clear comes out nice.

Ok, now I have waited 50 mins give or take. I sprayed the clear the same way as the paint with 10 mins between coats. I will probably do 3-4 and then let them dry for a good hour before attempting to wet sand them. Only one coat of clear and they are really starting to look good now.
Coat #1 clear

Coat #2 clear

Coat #3 clear

I think everybody gets the point. Each additional clear coat makes it shine more and will make it better to wet sand on. I'm doing little bursts with the cans and getting a good thick coat without runs. (short bursts and not too close is key here). I will take final product pictures when I am done and they are back on the car. For now enjoy!
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I tried wet sanding and apparently, I need to do some more research on how to do it properly. I put the passenger side on and I'm waiting for the driver's side to dry again after I messed it up trying to sand it.



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can you snap more pics a little farther away

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Nice. I'm doing mine tomorrow.

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Looks great. No primer though?
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Looks good man. Good idea!

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Looks so good!! Somebody do mine!!




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can you snap more pics a little farther away
Sure can. I will get those up in a little while.
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Nice. I'm doing mine tomorrow.
Very easy. All together cost me about $20 for supplies.

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Looks great. No primer though?
I was reading on the paint cans and it was sayin primer for metals and not so much plastics. Don't think it would hurt though.

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Looks good man. Good idea!
Thanks. Just one of those things that popped in my head while at auto zone.

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details on the paint?
I just bought the dupi-color factory match rattle cans they have at auto zone. I was very surprised how the paint actually matched up with the car. The sonic blue has a metallic flake in it and the rattle can came out just the same. Not bad for a $6 paint can. I'm thinking about repainting my front bumper with it. I need it repainted any way so I figured I would try this cheaper alternative and see how it turns out.

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Looks so good!! Somebody do mine!!
You can do it. It was actually fun to do and a nice little easy project.



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thanks man that looks pretty good I think the color of your car pulls it off really well, I've seen some where it just doesn't look good.

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thanks man that looks pretty good I think the color of your car pulls it off really well, I've seen some where it just doesn't look good.
Thanks for the compliments. I'm still getting used to the new look myself. I pleased with how it came out.



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I haven't read the entire thing, but before steel wooling, I would suggest a wax / greese / prep to stripe off the mirror first. If you have loads of armor-all on their and you don't stripe it off first, it will make the paint "spider web".

Good job though!

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I just did the same thing about a week ago to my 03-04 cobra mirrors. the mach 460 tweeter has a screw holding it to the door. other than that same thing.
The mirror glass will come off-- though you grab the outside corner and pull. You will think you just broke it though it just snaps in. Dont forcefully pull, just easily pull.

AFter each primer coat-- wet sand with 1000
Between color coats- wet sand with two thousand.
Spray two coats of clear-- wet sand with 2000 after dry. I know, you want to see the product finished asap. But taking your time will do wonders.
Spray more clear==wet sand between coats.

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id love to try this myself but cant find the paint to match my color anywhere
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It turned out great man. I love that blue.

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Yeah it looks good, I had done this before on the mirrors also. Most auto stores should carry the color match paint, and if not, I believe you can order it.
OP- as far as your bumper, check our McQueen's painting thread in the visual section. I just did a True Blue color hood with the duplicolor paint. Came out pretty darn good for under $100.
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Yeah it looks good, I had done this before on the mirrors also. Most auto stores should carry the color match paint, and if not, I believe you can order it.
OP- as far as your bumper, check our McQueen's painting thread in the visual section. I just did a True Blue color hood with the duplicolor paint. Came out pretty darn good for under $100.
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Looks awesome man. I think I might try it aswell.

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