Figured I'd introduce you guys to my latest handiwork
Welcome to Plastidip! The "Multi-Purpose Rubber Coating".
I've bought some of this stuff as it was recommended by some guys on another forum to paint the plastics on your car. Specifically for me, this is useful as my side skirt blades are looking worse for wear and I wanted a cheap way to spruce them up! Cue, the test. The front grill surround. I've seen a few people do this with different methods but figured I'd show you my method
Feel free to check out plastidip's website http://www.plastidip.co.uk for all the info you need, but a brief introduction could be summarised as a spray paint which produces a rubberised paint layer on the intended surface. This makes it quite strong and less susceptible to stone chips etc. It's also relatively easily removed if you want
First I prised the grill surround off. I did this by using a miniature flathead screwdriver from the bottom middle of the grill surround and gently prying it off from the rest of the grill.
Then I prepared my spray paint facilities. The back garden. I was missing the traditional newspaper so used what I had available to me, a collection of plastic bags
Next step is to prepare the surface for painting. Plastidip is resilient stuff and the surface doesn't need much preparation. All I used was a damp cloth to remove the bulk of the dirt and then used some Mr Sheen to polish the surface clean [EDIT - Mr Sheen is a bad move it turns out. Best off using contact cleaner if you plan on doing the same]. That's it basically. No need for sanding or anything like that
Now spray! Use it like normal spray paint basically. Sweep across the surface in a continuous motion. I just went clockwise. First from one side of the table and then the other to ensure I painted all sides of the grill surround.
When you first spray it on, it has a very texturised appearance, but smooths as it dries.
Each coat needs a minimum of 30 minutes to dry. I used 4 coats, though 3 would normally suffice. I had a problem with the first layer as a fly landed on the grill and I had to peel it off leaving a fly shaped piece of chrome. After all the coats were applied this disappeared.
Allow 4 hours for it to dry completely. Now clip it back on. Voila!
I will be having a crack at the side blades tomorrow providing I can work out how to remove them!
I'm very happy with the results on the grill surround. I can recommend the stuff