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  • Rear reflector removal/painting

    I've a 95 mystique LS, and I'm wanting to paint the rear reflector. I've got the correct paint, its matched to the cars Vin, and I've got adhesion promoter and clear coat.
    Does anyone have any suggestions on painting? Should I remove the reflector first or leave it on? If so, how do I remove it?

    Any help is appreciated

    When I'm done I'll post pics

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    I believe there are 6, 10mm bolts holding the rear reflector to the trunk deck. One on each end, and four in the middle (similar 4-point box to the license plate). On the inside of the trunk, There are possibly a plastic shell covering the bolts.

    Giving the age, you may need some new weather stripping where the reflector meets the trunk sheet metal. So if you remove make sure you have some generic self-adhesive weather stripping available.

    To prep, tape off the chrome (assuming not painting the chrome), and scuff up the smooth reflector. Don't use aggressive sand paper. Use 400-800 grit, or some medium steel wool. Clean up the reflector after sanding, wash to remove dust. Remove tape as well.

    To paint, tape off with the chrome and black and anything you don't want painted with a painter's tape (blue). Get in a clean area. It's fall here and leaves/plant debris is falling already. Secure your work or have a steady surface for painting. Given reflector size, table and drop cloth to protect the table is my thought.

    For promotor read the can. Most likely spray, and let part sit a few moments before applying primer or base.

    For base also read your paint can, but most likely start with light coats of the paint, give time between coats (10 minutes). Two light coats, then get a solid medium to wet coat for the top.

    Clear depends on your paint. Might need to let base dry for 24 hours to a few days, or you could lay down shortly after your base coat.

    Pull tape near the edges before paint is dry.

    Leave it alone for a few days, then buff/polish and wax. Install and post pictures!

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    Last edited by ZeroHour; 09-13-2014, 03:25 PM.
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    • #3
      Awesome! Thanks a ton. I'm really looking forward to this.

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      • #4

        Just finished cleaning and priming! Painting In about ten minutes

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        • #5
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          Painted and clear coat!

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          • #6


            Finished product.

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            • #7


              Other than a blemish above the emblem (my fault for touching it too soon) it's done! Buying polishing compound later

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              • #8
                Well done! Looks sweet on the Merc!

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                1998 SE Duratec V6 ATX - Modified
                2014 Ford Fiesta ST (Baby Vader), 1976 Triumph TR7 - In repair
                SOLD: 2011 Mini Cooper Hardtop, 2001 Subaru Outback Sedan,
                1994 Chevy 9C1 Interceptor, and 1987 Chevy Cavalier RS Sedan
                Northeast's Tosser of Salad

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