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Step By Step - How To Paint ATV and Dirt Bike Plastic

The key to successfully painting ATV and dirt bike plastics is proper preparation. Using these procedures, you will be able to prepare your ATV and dirt bike plastic for painting.

Step 1

It goes without saying that the first step is to clean the plastic. Once this is done, sand the entire surface with 180 grit sandpaper. After fenders have been in the sun and are subjected to the elements, they tend to get a really thin "crust" on them. You need to remove the "crust" by sanding.

Paint ATV Fender
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Step 2

After sanding, scrub all the plastic with Scuff Magic and a red scuff pad. This will help to remove any water soluble contaminants and also help to remove any contaminants that may have been ground into the plastic from Step 1.

Clean ATV Fender
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Step 3

Sand again with 180 grit to remove any spots or "crust" that you missed in Step 1.

Sant the ATV Fenders
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Step 4

Sandblast everything with 80 grit aluminum oxide.

Sandblast ATV fender
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Step 5

Clean the plastic with Super Clean plastic cleaner. Spray a heavy wet coatl; wait about 20 seconds for the solvents to disolve or emulsify any contaminants, then wipe with a clean paper towel.

Super Clean Plastic Cleaner
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Step 6

Apply 2 heavy coats of Plastic Magic. Be sure to allow first coat to flash off before applying the second coat. Allow Plastic Magic to dry completely.

Plastic Magic
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Step 7

Now apply high-build waterborne primer surfacer. The high build will fill any sand scratches and sandblast pits. Allow the primer to dry completely before the next step.

Waterborne Primer Surfacer
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Step 8

Because the waterborne primer is a high-build primer surfacer, it has somewhat of a orange peel finish. Sand the surface smooth with 320 grit paper. The waterborne primer sands nicely and easily.

Apply primer
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Step 9

Any low spots or imperfections can be filled with Putty Flex.

Fill low spots
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Step 10

Allow time for the Putty Flex to cure and sand smooth

Sand Putty Flex
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Step 11

Apply All Seasons Waterborne Flexible Bumper Sealer (White).

Apply Sealer
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Step 12

Once the sealer dries, you can apply your basecoat and clear coat. Don't forget to add a flex additive to the topcoat. That's it!

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Finished

Finished! Here is the ATV fender that has been painted.

Painted ATV fender
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Products Used For This Repair

1000-A
Super Clean (aerosol)
$ 14.95
1050-A
Plastic Magic (aerosol)
$ 22.95
3043-4
All Seasons Black Jack Primer - Quart
$ 34.95
1047
Putty Flex w/ cream hardener
$ 36.95