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Old 06-13-2009, 02:14 PM   #1
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DIY TiAg Painted Reflectors

So I was bored yesterday and decided to paint the ugly orange reflectors on the front bumper. Instead of throwing away money for prepainted reflectors online, you can do it yourself for less than half the price.

This is my first time doing any sort of paintwork and would not have been possible without this thread http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ted+reflectors

I ran over to Pepboys and here are the materials I used:
-1 can of Duplicolor Adhesion Promoter ($6)
-1 can of White Primer (I had a bottle handy at my house but it shouldnt cost more than $2 at walmart)
-1 small can of DupliColor Auto Spray, color>"Radiant Silver Metalic" ($5)
-1 small can of DupliColor Auto Spray Clear Top Coat ($5)



Starting the Project!

Step 1: Take the reflectors off the car. In my case I have a facelifted coupe so the reflectors are a bit different in size compared to other e46's but its the same idea. I used a credit card to get underneath the reflector and pry it out. Start from the top closest to the wheel.





Step 2: Once you have the reflector out go and wash it off with very hot water/soap for a couple of minutes. This will take any unwanted particles off the surface.

Step 3: Dry the pieces fully and lay them out on some old magazines or something. When spraying the reflectors I did each individually. The paint will smell so make sure you're in an open area.

Step 4: Apply the Adhesion Promoter. I stood over a foot away and applied 3 coats of this which helps the paint to stick. Let it dry for a few minutes.

Step 5: Apply about 3 coats of the white Primer. The white base coat will help keep the silver coat later on from getting too dark. This needs to completely cover the reflector. I sprayed one coat at about a 30 degree angle on each side of the reflector and then a coat from straight above. Let this dry fully, in my case it took a about 20 mins.



Step 6: Apply the Silver coat when the white primer has dried. Do the same method like you did with the white primer, except this time to 2 coats on each side and 2 coats from straight above. ***Do not spray too close to the reflectors, keep over a foot distance to prevent the paint from getting too dark. And also be consistent so that the reflectors dont come out in 2 different colors . Wait another 20 mins for paint to fully dry.



Step 7: Once the silver has dried apply the final Clear Coat. Do 2 coats on each side of the reflector and 2 coats up top just like the silver coating. Wait about 10 mins and do another coat all around. This will ensure that the paint is protected.



Step 8: Let clear coat fully dry. If you want a full finish take very very light sandpaper, sand it down then wax it after. Stick the relfectors back in and your done!!

Heres the final result







Looks WAY better than it did before hand
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Old 06-13-2009, 03:04 PM   #2
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soo, you didnt sand anything?
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Old 06-13-2009, 03:15 PM   #3
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Looks WAY better than it did before hand
hey thx for the diy - can you post an 'after' similar to the one above out in sunshine so we can see color match w/o flash?

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I wonder if it would be possible to find titanium silver spray paint someplace?
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hey thx for the diy - can you post an 'after' similar to the one above out in sunshine so we can see color match w/o flash?

thxxxx
No problem I'll take some tm cause now its raining and I havent had a chance to do so.

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I wonder if it would be possible to find titanium silver spray paint someplace?
I couldnt find a titanium silver spray paint but trust me this is dead on I'll try and get a day time pic tm.
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Old 06-13-2009, 04:10 PM   #6
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soo, you didnt sand anything?
You dont realy need to for those reflectors but it would be better if he did
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you should sand with anything you paint. gives the paint something to bite too.
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Old 06-14-2009, 12:23 PM   #8
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you should sand with anything you paint. gives the paint something to bite too.
Yup I'm going to sand it, I just need to get some ultrafine sandpaper when I get the chance.
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Old 06-14-2009, 03:58 PM   #9
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Use 3M scotchbrite pads the red ones, an it only needs to be a light scuff, just so its dull looking
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Old 06-15-2009, 10:02 AM   #10
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Yup I'm going to sand it, I just need to get some ultrafine sandpaper when I get the chance.
...no, they mean sand before you paint. It promotes adhesion between the paint and the part. If you sand after then you just get dull paint?
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...no, they mean sand before you paint. It promotes adhesion between the paint and the part. If you sand after then you just get dull paint?
Well if you use Ultrafine sandpaper then wax it, it gives it a glossy look. But before I used the paint I put on the adhesive promoter spray which helps the paint to stick
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What's the paint code on that paint? I used the Silver Metallic DSGM340 on my trim and grill and it looks spot on.
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I did the same on mine, look at the sig, but the color is not 100% match but still better
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What's the paint code on that paint? I used the Silver Metallic DSGM340 on my trim and grill and it looks spot on.
Thats weird, I originally used the plain Silver metallic and it ended up coming out too dark, so I switched to radiant silver metallic and it matched much better.

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I did the same on mine, look at the sig, but the color is not 100% match but still better
Did you use the normal silver metallic?
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Heres another shot to represent the after pic

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looks a lot better nice diy
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Did you use the normal silver metallic?
Yea I did, when the sun hits it..it matches good but when its in the shade
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Yea I did, when the sun hits it..it matches good but when its in the shade
Give the radiant silver metallic a try if you get the chance it should lighten it up a bit
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Thats weird, I originally used the plain Silver metallic and it ended up coming out too dark, so I switched to radiant silver metallic and it matched much better.


Did you use the normal silver metallic?
that's is weird as I think the silver metallic is just a bit lighter than my paint, I used a white primer too *shrugs* maybe my car's paint has faded a lot.
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I Am doing this this weekend, glad to see a DIY... looks good man
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