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Old 12-17-2013, 01:21 PM   #1
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Advice on painting strut tower brace

Wanted to paint this bad boy, but was curious how you all went about painting this piece since its not plastic like the other pieces. Maybe its the same, but thought I would ask before I made an attempt. Any and all help is appreciated. Cheers!
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Old 12-17-2013, 02:11 PM   #2
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I painted mine. Use a high temp engine paint to withstand temperatures. Make sure to sand it down so the paint will stick better and also don't use the paint in the cold weather. After I painted my I used a high temp clear coat on my as well.Click image for larger version

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Looks good redbeast0712
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Looks good redbeast0712

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Old 12-17-2013, 06:03 PM   #5
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You could wrap it in 3M carbon fiber wrap like we did my sons.
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:51 PM   #6
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Very nice guys! When you are sanding the aluminum do you use a lower grit like 320 to start or do you just go with a 600 grit...then prime, sand, paint, clear, sand, polish? Cheers!
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Old 12-18-2013, 07:19 AM   #7
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Very nice guys! When you are sanding the aluminum do you use a lower grit like 320 to start or do you just go with a 600 grit...then prime, sand, paint, clear, sand, polish? Cheers!

It doesn't matter just need to scratch it enough so the paint will stick better.
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:41 AM   #8
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The better your prep work is, the better your paint will turn out.

As far as scuffing goes, I like to use the red scotch brite pads.
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If your brace has been under your hood at all, I would suggest using a wax and grease remover after scuffing.
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As far as painting, many light to to medium coats as recommended on the can is always better than one or two heavy coats.

Good luck.
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The red scotch brite would be the best route. That way you don't have to worry about covering up sand scratches.
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Red pads are great. If its bare aluminum, I would use some Bulldog adhesion promoter to help it stick.
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:10 PM   #11
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Been working on other projects so haven't started this yet. Strut bar is just sitting on my workbench surrounded by crap. Need to get motivated.....next week!
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