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Powder coating my mirrors

Would it be better to powder coat my mirrors red instead of painting tham? since powder coat is a better bond and harder finish?

and, for both, painting and powder coating, whats the extact materials i need for such a project?
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Don't think you can powder coat plastic. You won't get a color match on the truck with powder coat either.

I good clear coat will allow scratches to buff out if you paint it.
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why cant u powder coat plastic? D. powder coated his entire interior
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yeah, I'm pretty sure you can't powdercaot plastic cause you have to bake it @ 350 or 400 to cure it...
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i thought D painted his interior?
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dude just paint them you cant get a perfect color match from powder to paint...
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Yeah i think the plastic would melt...lol

Paint them..
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Powder coating would require that you bake on the finish at 400 degrees, the mirrors would melt into a glob of plastic. As noted above, an excact color match to anything other than black would also be nearly imposible.
Your best bet would be to sand and properly prime the surface and paint with standard automotive enamel to match your truck. There are special primers and additives that will allow the paint to properly adhere to the plastic. I usually use a plastic primer and then add some flex agent as well, just like if I was painting a plastic bumper cover on a car.

Here's a link that better explains powder coating:

http://www.powdercoatingonline.com/h...dercorner.html
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I'm pretty sure the product that gets powder coated also needs to conduct electricity.
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Yeah, you have to clip on a ground to the metal on the piece and you plug the gun into the electrical socket at spray the powerder at the piece and its sticks out of some form of static electricity. I suppose if the plastic wouldnt melt you could rub a balloon on the mirrors and the shoot it...or something.
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There are special powder coats for plastic, I don't think it would be feasable or cost effective for a set of mirrors. Most local powder coat shops won't have the ability to do plastics, this type of coating is mostly done at the manufacturing level only, but is slowly expanding.
There are both special plastics that can withstand hi temps, as well as lower temp melting powder paints. There are also UV cured powder paints.

Here's a few links with some more info:

http://www.rapidcoat.com/

http://www.metokote.com/coatingTechn...sSpecifics.asp

http://itotd.com/articles/300/powder-coating/
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Most local powder coat shops won't have the ability to do plastics, this type of coating is mostly done at the manufacturing level only, but is slowly expanding.
There are both special plastics that can withstand hi temps, as well as lower temp melting powder paints. There are also UV cured powder paints.
Theres 3 shops in Buffalo that can do plastics. Its not actually called ' powder coating ' its called some kind of ' bonding '. Its expensive, but it stays on.
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