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Old 08-01-2005, 07:08 AM   #1
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Plastic Texture...Help...

I spent this weekend trying to mold a dual gauge pod onto my a-pillar. The pod is attached using an epoxy and the edges are smoothed using body filler. The problem is, now that I have sanded the filler, I have a texture that is smooth and contrasts with the plastic texture that comes from the factory....how can I fix this?


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Old 08-01-2005, 09:04 AM   #2
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You can try using a little body filler and the end of a stiff round brush to texture it before it hardens.

Personally, I used a paintable polyurethane sealant as an adhesive and wiped it before it set rather than sand. Polyurethane can be cut using a steel wire should you ever need to get the gauge pod back off again. ie If a gauge dies on you.

Be careful. If you sand the plastic too much it breaks the top layer, the paint won't adhere as well and it'll take on a whole new "fuzzy", not attractive appearance.
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you can try SEM texture spray. test it on a simliar smooth surface with different spray distances to get different fine and course textures until you find what works for you. it may be difficult to get though. i had to have mine ordered through a NAPA auto parts store. it was like $18 if i remember correctly. and then i ordered bumper coating spray for the color ontop of that. check pages 5 and 6 of my ranger install page.

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Rust-Oleum has a textured paint out, it comes in just basic earth tones and black. I used it recently on a bathroom remodel where the wife and I were not happy with the sconces that we had bought. The texture that the paint produced is very much like the after market radio surrounds that you use installing a new head unit. It has proven durable in a bathroom enviroment and could prabably be sprayed over for a different color if desired. Found it at WalMart for $4.00 a can.
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