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I was wondering if anyone has any feedback on painting the Spark.

Before I installed the manual reverse and before I came up with an excellent fender solution, my Spark kissed the barnacles during some aggressive seas. I've sinced mastered docking the light Spark in rough seas.

Anyway, my front black nose bumper and one of the black rear corner bumpers are scratched. I'll have to sand each piece and then paint them. It's cheap enough to replace the parts, but I thought I'd experiment with the old parts.

If anyone has spray painted any of the plastic, I was wondering how the paint holds up. Also, is flat paint or satin paint the way to go. I'm thinking of trying white, if I can find a white paint that's close enough to the knee panels and handle bar panel.

Thanks ahead of time for any feedback!
 

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I was wondering if anyone has any feedback on painting the Spark.

Before I installed the manual reverse and before I came up with an excellent fender solution, my Spark kissed the barnacles during some aggressive seas. I've sinced mastered docking the light Spark in rough seas.

Anyway, my front black nose bumper and one of the black rear corner bumpers are scratched. I'll have to sand each piece and then paint them. It's cheap enough to replace the parts, but I thought I'd experiment with the old parts.

If anyone has spray painted any of the plastic, I was wondering how the paint holds up. Also, is flat paint or satin paint the way to go. I'm thinking of trying white, if I can find a white paint that's close enough to the knee panels and handle bar panel.

Thanks ahead of time for any feedback!
not sure about painting the bumpers etc. I suppose if you don't happen to rub them again it would be ok or you could just touch them up again if you did, I did have some rash on mine as well and I just heated the area up with a torch (not too much) and put pressure on the area with a leather glove and got rid of most of it and it really wasn't noticeable any more, you have to be careful not to heat it too much or you will make the area look shiny.

If you are going to paint them I think a flat colour would look best, but that is just my 2 cents. You could paint the side panels and steering pad also that would add a little custom flair to you machine, I did paint my side panels and steering pad to match the grey seat cover I installed and it held up good, I had used a plasti cote type paint on them
 

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Thanks for the feedback!

Heating would have to be pretty tricky without making it shinny. Plus, I already sanded part of the front bumper. I figure I'll have to sand the whole front bumper to make it consistent. Wizzer, how to you repolish plastic?

Is it that paint has a hard time sticking to plastic?

Krylon claims to have a product for plastic: http://www.krylon.com/products/fusion-for-plastic/

The Plasticote website seems to indicate that that product is for metal or wood: http://www.plastikote.com/products/General%20Purpose/Premium-Enamel-Paint.html

Some people have tried Plastidip (I don't really think this stuff is paint), but they that it comes off easy http://www.plastidip.com/
 

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Sorry, it was Pastidip. I have used it on my big boat in several places now (white, used black on Spark). It is holding up well on the big boat, but I have not hit anything with it either. So far I have painted the plastic spotlight housing and plastic engine grates. Two years now and holding up like I just painted them.
 

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Thanks for the feedback!

Heating would have to be pretty tricky without making it shinny. Plus, I already sanded part of the front bumper. I figure I'll have to sand the whole front bumper to make it consistent. Wizzer, how to you repolish plastic?

Is it that paint has a hard time sticking to plastic?

Krylon claims to have a product for plastic: http://www.krylon.com/products/fusion-for-plastic/

The Plasticote website seems to indicate that that product is for metal or wood: http://www.plastikote.com/products/General%20Purpose/Premium-Enamel-Paint.html

Some people have tried Plastidip (I don't really think this stuff is paint), but they that it comes off easy http://www.plastidip.com/
There is an infinite amount of videos on youtube for plastic repair, sanding ,welding ,polishing ect.
 

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not sure about painting the bumpers etc. I suppose if you don't happen to rub them again it would be ok or you could just touch them up again if you did, I did have some rash on mine as well and I just heated the area up with a torch (not too much) and put pressure on the area with a leather glove and got rid of most of it and it really wasn't noticeable any more, you have to be careful not to heat it too much or you will make the area look shiny.

If you are going to paint them I think a flat colour would look best, but that is just my 2 cents. You could paint the side panels and steering pad also that would add a little custom flair to you machine, I did paint my side panels and steering pad to match the grey seat cover I installed and it held up good, I had used a plasti cote type paint on them
hey would you have photos or link of the paint you used ? Thanks
 

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I used the Krylon paint for plastic to paint on my registration numbers (using a template). They last about two seasons and I have to repaint them - usually when I put the new registration stickers on.
 
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