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Old 11-26-2003, 10:56 PM   #1
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Anyone who had their moldings painted

I know a few of you had your moldings painted. I talked to my girlfriends, best friends' Dad, who owns a body shop. I asked him about the moldings and he said he didn't want to do them because he said in a yr or so, or when someone dings them, it will peel off and start looking like crap.
He told me he gets guys with Civics in all the time wanting their moldings and mirrors painted, but he turns them down because he said they're not made to be painted. How long has everyone had there's painted for?
I was thinking of maybe the SVT moldings. I know they don't come in my color, but they're a different material, right? Think I could get them in primered? Or if worse came to worse, could just get them im any color and have him sand and paint them, if in fact theyre different than the stock ones. I want the 2 doors and back strip. I'm asking if anyone knows cause obviously I can't go, or call a dealership right now.


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Old 11-27-2003, 09:37 AM   #2
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They can be painted and I've had mine done for almost 5 months now. No problems whatsoever. If they are done right, which I know mine were, then they should last a long time.
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Old 11-27-2003, 01:34 PM   #3
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I was going to have mine done but I decided to try and so them myself. I was quoted 180-250 for just the sides. I figure that for 20 in paint the worse i can do is screw them up. At x-mas when i have the car in a heated garage Im going to give it a try.
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Old 11-27-2003, 02:54 PM   #4
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nice george.. i want to get mine down.. i dont like the ruff black. i want them the same color as the car..
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starting with the SVT/S2 moldings: good

i'd say starting out with the SVT/S2 (color-matched) moldings is a good idea if you want to paint them. they're probably made of a different type of plastic, and already coated/primed/painted.

also, the painted (side) mouldings seem to have a slightly different profile - they're more rounded on the corners and therefore more conducive to being color matched (the black mouldings create a shadow line that looks fine since the mouldings are black anyway, might not look good if you want a clean monochrome)

yes, they will scratch off as your doors get dinged, a bit of insurance would be to put a few good coats of clear on it, but either way be prepared to touch them up unless you park way out in the back of the lot everywhere you go.
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Old 11-27-2003, 03:34 PM   #6
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yah I talked with a painter jsut the other day (another good one) and they sai that first off even if u wanted to paint them u'd have to get new ones (if u got wax onem or used blackout or whatnot) cause paint won't stick to them...then they said they could paint em but it would chip and crack if u hit it or whatnot...u also have to do it at room temp or the paint won't stick yet again and if u get the new moldings the tape and shit won't stick to the car if its cold...oh well I say keep u'r damn 260 bucks which is what I was quoted.. :(
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First of all HAPPY THANKSGIVING to everyone!!!! I appreciate the help here. I think I might just go with the SVT moldings (if I can get them) and have my gf's, bf's Dad paint them up for me. I want it done right. Just gotta find out how much they want for the 2 moldings and back hatch strip. Have a good one everyone.
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my molding came painted and they seem fine
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If anyone finds SVT/ZX3 style color matched side molding for sale from a distributor or dealer, please let us know what they cost.

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Old 11-27-2003, 10:20 PM   #10
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hi, first you moldings can be painted and this is how,

first wash them with warm water and soap
then scuff them with a white scotch brite pad and a blending paste, then rinse it of
then you need 2 to 3 coats of a good hi-build primer
then sand it with a 400 paper , then with a 600 paper
then apply a coat of sealer, then the base and clear
easy!

the primer I use is Sherwin Williams Spectra primer/sealer

It's a urethane primer, with ure-flex (flexible), available in 7 colors
and you can mix them together to bet the color you want so if you have a chip, at least it's the same color as the paint , and you can convert it in to a sealer,
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