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To colour code the front and rear valances, all you need to buy is:

- 2-3 cans of filler primer from halfords (2 for the price of 3 for ?10)

- 1 or 2 cans of colour matched spray from halfords to match the colour of your car (?10 per can)

- 1 can of grey primer from halfords (?5)

- 1-2 cans of laquer from halfords (?5 a can if you buy two get a third free)

- Wet and Dry project pack which has different grades of sand paper 10 or 12 sheets inc cant remember exactly also from halfords (?5)

thats all the costs done so it tots up to at minimum ?35 and at maximum ?50

Now the how to guide

First clip off the front and rear valances because you dont want to spray them on the car.

Then give the valances a good wash with soapy water and let them dry off.

Once the valances are dry start sprayin the valances with the filler primer, spray light coats so that the filler in the primer sticks. The valances should now be bright yellow. Leave the valances for around 1hr in a hot room so that the primer hardens well.

Once the filler primer has hardened open the wet and dry pack and use the 600 grit paper and give it a quick sand down with that so it takes most of the roughness out

Once most of the roughness has come out use a 800 grit for a slightly smoother finish.

Once you have used the 800 grit use a 1200 grit paper and finish it off for a final smooth finish.

After all the sanding down use a damp cloth to clean all the dust off, and then use a dry cloth so the valances are dry, but leave the valances to dry off for about 15 mins so there ready for spraying again.

Now use a standard grey primer to prime the valances, leave it to dry as you do (15-30 mins drying time).

Now check before you spray on the colour of your car for any imperfections if so use the wet and dry procedure again. If not just read the next step.

Once the valances are dry now use the paint which is matched for your car and start spraying the valances, spray the valances with light coats so it will leave a smooth and non rippled finish (Recommened amount of layer is around 2-3 minimum so theres a nice amount of paint on the surface, and at max around 5 because you dont want the paint to thick so it could scratch easy).

On your last coat of spraying the colour matched paint when the paint is tacky but still wet so around 5 mins after spraying the colour matched spray. Spray on the laquer so it will mix with the paint and leave a real smooth finish. Once it is all dry and hardened spray once more of the laquer so it will give a shiny finish and then leave to dry and harden over night.

Then the next morning check if theres no imperfections in the paint if so use a compound which will smooth out the paint. After all thats done just fit on the valances again and Voila its done.

Hope that helps everyone and it saves you burning a whole in your pocket. [H]

Sonny
 

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That's a really good write up that Sonny, detailed enough to make sure you don't miss a bit, but simple enough so you don't get confused!

It even tricks me into thinking I could have a go!! [;)][:p]
 

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How abut posting some pics of the finished result!!!

Convince me to do some painting myslef on my car...

I've bought the stuff to do it but just worried it'll look naf!!
 

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How abut posting some pics of the finished result!!!

Convince me to do some painting myslef on my car...

I've bought the stuff to do it but just worried it'll look naf!!
Just have a look at the silver golf in the pics for now, i will post some close up pics once my cam starts working again.

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p.s. il post some pics up a.s.a.p
 

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One thing i'll add.............

The final result is DIRECTLY PROPORTIONAL to the amount of time and effert expended.

ok, two things ..........

Never attempt to do the spray work on a cold or wet day if in your garage........

.......preferably in a nice warm, draught-free room.

ok, three things..........

Try to degrease the valence properly (white spirit?), and if you want a smoother finish, you could try a bit of wet'n'dry over it - perhaps 400 grit.

ok, four things........

To ensure the final paint finish is as good as it can be, use a "tack cloth" (Halfords) after all the primer.
 

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and please use lots of soapy water with your wet and dry paper. its stops the dust clogging up the paper, stops the paper sticking and ripping the surface and gives a much nicer finish than using dry 'wet and dry' paper.

make sure the paint is completely dry before sanding as if you are impatient and think , "ah thats ok" you'll regret it big time when the paint starts peeling off as you rub it down.

use alcohol to degrease after cleaning with soapy water and give it plenty of time to flash off, then use some tack rags to remove all dust partcles. although if you are rubbing down the dust particles won't be so much of a problem.

good luck [:)]
 

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Im giving this guide a shot tomorrow as i have nothing better to do.
Got everything except the actually silver paint lol halfords are out so
got to wait for now DOH Will do al lthe priming tho
 

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Just another tip that I've found out, sand down the bare plastic first
to get rid of the textured surface with 400 grit paper and then move on
to 600 grit and then 800, then 1200 grit and you'll be left with a
smooth surface to spray on to, but before spraying on to it clean off
all the residue left from the sanding of the plastic. Sonny [y]
 

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Just picked up the paint so gonna spray mine tomorrow. There all primed
and ready to go. When we sanded them we used a b&b muse and went
straight to 2000grit and in less then no time they where all super
smooth well worth the investment. Well will have to see how it go's
tomorrow now lol
 

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I still yhink this is one of the best "how too's" on the site!

How did everyone get on who attempted the DIY job?

The rear valance in just held on by a few screws?? is this right?
 
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