Thought I might post the progression of a spoiler
install for my 2004 SE.
Note: I am not a auto
body mechanic, but have some experience. (enough to get in trouble) LOL but if worse comes to worse then off to a auto body shop
it will go.
Bought the piece from spoiler
central on ebay. It is a California Dream Custom. (Taurus Style I think I heard someone here say) $59.00 shipped. It came completely bare ABS plastic.
First step was to clean with alchohol to get rid of any release agents from the molding process. I like the individual wipes because they are small and using several new ones during the cleaning prevents recontamination from the rag. The wipes from dupli-color work good but are expensive. After cleaning a good sanding to remove all mold marks, dings and imperfections is needed. You can sand with 100 grit at this point followed by 180 then 220 to get rid of most problems. As you sand you can see the shine from low spots dissapear.
After sanding is complete, a good wiping to remove dust and follow by wiping with the alcohol wipes to remove hand oils. Follow this with a tack cloth.
I have painted ABS boats before and had good results without adhesion promoter so I will try it again. The nice folks at the auto
supply place said to use it but I will try without.
It is cold here in Ohio right now and the temp in the garage is at the low end of the paint recommendation so spraying in thin coats is mandantory and allowing long time to dry. Here is after the first coat using a sandable primer and the primer has been sanded to reveal any imperfections. No filler was needed as the spoiler
came to me with no dings I can see at this point.
Sanded down to reveal minor areas that need work.
I masked the bottom to prevent the mounting holes from clogging. Dont think this was absolutly required as the screws are pretty agressive.
I also made up a stand to minimize scatches when working on it. Will have to remask. Here after applying second coat of sandable primer.
Things look so good when wet. More later after this coat dries.
Feel free to comment!! :icon_cool