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Old 07-07-2007
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question about painting interior

I have painted the interior b4 but want to do more of a professional job. Eventually I'm going to buy a spray gun and other stuff and do it with SEM paint and clear coat... here's my question
I got my new edge valence 2nite from a guy and i was wondering....why can't I use normal paint? i think it would be easier it color match everything.
i read somewhere that it would eventually crack b/c of how flexible it is? but at the same time...i couldn't help but notice how flexible the valence was..and nothing happened... am i off in another world or is this makin sense to anyone?
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Old 07-07-2007
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im not sure my self either because im about to paint mine as well.
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Im not sure what you mean by "normal paint". Dont use spray cans, most of its laquer paint, and it doesn't hold up well, especially over a extended period of time. If you use quality paint, like omni, pgg, dupont, etc. it will last a long time if preped right. As far as flexing goes, if it can flex alot, it would be a good idea to mix a flex agent in with the paint.
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Old 07-08-2007
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when i say normal paint...i mean the exterior paint they put on your car.... soo nobody knows the answer to this?
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I've heard that a flex additive will help but eventually it will probably crack, I wouldn't be too concerned about it. You will probably have plenty of paint chips by then.
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Back in the old days I had an air dam painted at a real good body shop. It was for my 1977 Econoline. They told me they used a special additive in the paint. It did two things. It was flexible and it penetrated completely through the plastic. I could stand on the air dam and the paint never chipped. I plowed through a snow bank breaking the thing in half and you could see it was brown (the paint color) all the way through. Now I don't know if they still use additives but you could use a "normal" automotive paint and just mix what you needed.
It actually "colors" every bubble of plastic. It never chip or peeled all the years I had it before it got broken.
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I used a flex primer called "Bull Dog" it come in a spray and I used it on my lower valance panel and knock on wood its still holding great after a year,I know of some body shops who use the same product....
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