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Brushed Stainless Steel look

I am going to add some brushed stainless parts to the interior and was wondering if anyone knows a method to paint some of the plastic trim pieces to match the real SS pieces.
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you need to start with a fine flake metalic silver. you can take the part your trying to match to a auto body jobber ( sells auto body and paint supplies to body shops ) and look at hundreds of color chips to match something up. or you can look into house of colors paints, they have several silvers that look very good for this..

spray your silver base till covered. then take a Grey scotch pad and LIGHTLY drag it over the base from one end to the other with out stopping. This will create the "Brushed look" then you tack it off to pick up any dust and clear it. these are the very basic steps. if you want more detail PM me

I would practice on a scrap piece to get the feel since you have never done it before. and you can also try other texture scotch pads . I have the best luck with the Grey.

another thing is if you have bare aluminum that you can cut to the exact size is you can lightly sand the smooth surface from one end to the other. "800 grit" works well. then clear right over the aluminum. a budy of mine has done this and im amazed that the clear actually sticks well to the bare aluminum . been a few years now without coming off.

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Thanks man. I'll let you know how it turns out. Can this be done with a rattle can or is it only going to work with a paint gun.

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well i suppose you can do it with a rattle can. Im a painter by trade so i only use "Car Paints" never tried it with a rattle can


i noticed that i didnt say something that is probably obvious but ill say it anyway . when you drag your scotch pad over the base , do it once it is fully dry to the touch, tack free.

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I have been looking for a good reason to buy an airbrush gun. Thanks, now I have a good reason.

Thanks for the help.

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well you dont need an air brush gun for this , airbrushing is for doing detailed lines and shadowing and highlights . it would be useless for this job really.


also remember that after you do the sanding to ready the plastic parts for this painting process ( wich ever type of paint you choose ) remember to clean it with hot soapy water before you prep, and after you prep like i said if you want detailed instructions PM me

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