Painting fairings?

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  1. Batman13

    Batman13 Light Load Member

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    What paint would I use for the fairings? For a freightliner cascadia...not painted so it's just the pvc..
     
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  3. Dino soar

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    If you want to paint it the same color as the truck, then you need to find out what the paint code is and find out what type of paint it is, whether it's imron or whatever kind of paint they used.

    Then when you call the paint supplier for the paint you tell them that it's imron or whatever type of paint it is and what material that you are painting.

    I know that with rubber bumpers they can sell you the same paint but it's a different formula or something made for the rubber.

    But if you call them they can tell you what you need for that if it's something different, which most likely it is.
     
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    Just get a single stage epoxy paint, no need to go to fancy and expensive.
     
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  6. 86scotty

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    If I'm ever painting any trim or doing body repair on the lower side of my truck I'm coating it with bedliner. Specifically, Raptor Liner. You can get a DIY spray kit for $100 on Amazon and get matching tint base for it if you want to color match. The stuff is bulletproof.

    Here’s a van I sprayed a few years ago. I am not at all a painter. FDC9D3D0-90B2-4D99-93A4-609525E6D61A.jpeg 1CD310BB-902E-46AA-9228-5B5A73DC6DB1.jpeg 773C77ED-AF63-4201-A6E7-F22069D4C2BE.jpeg
     
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  7. Dino soar

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    I haven't done any of that kind of work for a while but I've been thinking about this.

    If you call the paint shop they'll tell you what to do but I think there's an additive that you put into there for a different material like rubber.

    But now that I'm thinking about it I think those fairings are fiberglass.

    If so, I think you should be able to just paint them the same as you paint your hood but I would still check with the paint shop.
     
  8. wichris

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    They're a glass composite, can just scuff good and paint. Better to use a bonding sealer first. It will be imron elite bc/cc. Be prepared for sticker shock.
     
  9. autopaint

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    If the fairings are fiberglass or SMC, you want a couple of coats of epoxy primer before you either topcoat with a single-stage (has color mixed in with the clear) or basecoat (the truck's color) and clearcoat.

    If the fairings are plastic, you need to know if they are a thermoset type plastic that requires an adhesion promoter before the epoxy primer.

    The way you can tell is, take your pocket knife and cut off a tiny little piece somewhere behind the fairing.

    Put the piece of plastic in a cup of water. Does it float? The saying is, if it's a floater, use a (plastic adhesion) promoter. If it requires a promoter and you don't use one, your paintwork can peel off in sheets. If you don't follow the promoter's directions, it can peel off in sheets.

    I left out a few more specifics if anyone wants to learn more about the prep work and technique.
     
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  10. wichris

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    Fairings are SMC, bumpers are plastics.
     
  11. autopaint

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    Thanks. I'm not familiar with every model out there, so I didn't want to make a blanket statement.
     
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