Newbie painting plastics - any reasonable chance of success?

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2022 5:51 am
I need to repair rocker panels on my old Jeep Liberty. After the bodywork, I can use raptor liner on the rockers, or take the plunge and use a single stage urethane. If I do paint it, I will paint the rocker panels, plastic fender flares and the bumpers. My question is will I have a reasonable chance of success given my lack of experience?

I did spray bedliner in the bed of my work truck and it came out much better than I expected, so I have that little bit of experience, but the bar was set low there. But now I know about the time it takes to do the prep work.

If I decide to paint it I will read even more here and ask questions first, so right now I am really looking to just make a decision to either paint the plastics and rockers or just bedliner the rockers.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2022 4:51 pm
You are seeing a lot of the newer SUV and specialty trucks using some type of textured effect in those low areas. When I built Smyth Ute conversion we used Raptor on all those lower areas. We've put over 13000 miles on over the last two years and I don't regret doing it. Something you might want to consider is getting the"better" version of their Shutz style gun which has the Vari-Nozzle. You can adjust that nozzle down to very little texture, which I feel is a surface that is much easier to take care of....
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This is my Grandson's Smyth Jeep Ute done with an ultra-fine texture on the gray and very rough texture on the lower black....
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I ended up doing my lower bumper trim in it as well with a little more texture. This helps to keep my Novi Flex nose mask tighter in place.
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My lower trim is blacked out with Raptor. That is also on my belt trim as well.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2022 6:42 pm
SORRY TO BUT IN. BUT Darrel are you set on Raptor liner? are there others? i did a couple bed liners years ago and can't remember what it was that i used. i'm wanting to do the running boards on my 31 chevy, they are pitted badly in spots and i don't want to try and fill them. they have the diamond formed texture it would be a nightmare to try and fill the pits and smooth them out. its just a driver for me. i have the regular Shult gun but i'm going to check out the vari-nozzle. REALLY LIKE the looks of the two rigs you posted.
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Jay, so here's the deal with "why" I like Raptor over several others I have tried over the years. First, if you stay within the stock Raptor factory colors you can get the stuff from just about anywhere on the net in a few days. It easier to use than most because of those quart/gun screw on assemblies. I can have one of my guys be ready to mix/shake the next container when I feel the quart running low, let's me to just keep moving staying "wet." Raptor liner is also available in 2k and 1k arerosols which work well for touch-up or fixing something that gets wacked. I knew my Grandson was going to be off roading to do wildnerness camping with that Jeep so that's why we have all that black down low. I can spray some of that black just into a cup and take a pipe dope brush and smush into that texture easily for a quick and darn near invisible fix.
So I was looking back on about 6 different bedliners I've used over the last 20 years. Raptor is the most consistent and provides good durablility and is easy to repair/blend.....
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2022 9:56 am
Darrel, I like the different textures you did on these machines. I used Raptor liner on my truck bed with a fairly rough texture. I talked to tech support before making the purchase and the one upgrade the man suggested was the better gun (with a regulator and adjustable nozzle). So I was able to control the texture easily. I think that I will be good if I go with the raptor route.

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If I do go with a single stage on the plastics and rockers, can I expect to get reasonable results on my first try?



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2022 10:58 am
like with anything TEST, TEST..
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DarrelK wrote:Jay, so here's the deal with "why" I like Raptor over several others I have tried over the years. First, if you stay within the stock Raptor factory colors you can get the stuff from just about anywhere on the net in a few days. It easier to use than most because of those quart/gun screw on assemblies. I can have one of my guys be ready to mix/shake the next container when I feel the quart running low, let's me to just keep moving staying "wet." Raptor liner is also available in 2k and 1k arerosols which work well for touch-up or fixing something that gets wacked. I knew my Grandson was going to be off roading to do wildnerness camping with that Jeep so that's why we have all that black down low. I can spray some of that black just into a cup and take a pipe dope brush and smush into that texture easily for a quick and darn near invisible fix.
So I was looking back on about 6 different bedliners I've used over the last 20 years. Raptor is the most consistent and provides good durablility and is easy to repair/blend.....
THANKS Darrel, :bighug:
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2022 4:36 pm
Steven, sure you can get great results with single stage. I'm just becoming addicted to what I can do with raptor.....
Jay, no problem..... 8)
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