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Tape It Up man. if you tape up before painting, you wont get nothing no where
Then I'll get tape on my car LOL!!!!!!

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Then I'll get tape on my car LOL!!!!!!
which you can peal off. really easily.....
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which you can peal off. really easily.....
Blue painters tape, right? Or is there some other kind of tape that's better suited to the job?

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blue painters tape always works well for me. comes of easy, no residue, but protects the body very well.
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blue painters tape always works well for me. comes of easy, no residue, but protects the body very well.
Thanks Jake! I'm going to try the McGuires (sp) first then if that dosen't last, I'll tin can it (using painters tape)

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You're talking about the McGuires (sp) I haven't tried that yet! I actually rolled my running boards with black Rust-oleum paint and that worked out ok - I'm just afraid I'll make a mess out of something and I'll end up with black on my white paint (cause I'm kinda particular too!) I'll give the McGuires a spin and see how that works out! Thanks for the tip, I'll give it a try!
Yeah that's the stuff, clearish, you can buy applicators 2 at a time and they have a curve on them for tires, but work very well for trim. Plus it has a grapey smell, so it isn't so annoying.

I tried to see things from your point of view, but I couldn't get my head that far up my ass.

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Yeah that's the stuff, clearish, you can buy applicators 2 at a time and they have a curve on them for tires, but work very well for trim. Plus it has a grapey smell, so it isn't so annoying.
Thanks Slangel, I'm headed to the auto parts store this morning and will pick some up!

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Thanks Slangel, I'm headed to the auto parts store this morning and will pick some up!
I am sure you will like it, goes on easy. My rover is in the driveway looking like hell after my last wheeling. I haven't been able to wash her in a while as it got cold here, and after a road trip to Texas through ice and snow she is NASTY! She is scratched to hell and back so I am having car wash envy of you right now!

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I've tried everything out there including paint...all are temporary at best.
I'll have to agree with the post that says to use heat, it's the only permanent solution and truly makes it look like new. A heat gun will only cost you $20 and can be used for lots of other things. Just be sure to remove or tape off any side marker/reflectors as they don't take kindly to heat (I learned that the hard way).
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Can we get a few pointers about how to use the heat? How about pictures?
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Can we get a few pointers about how to use the heat? How about pictures?
It is called Glazing and if done correctly... it will net a very nice finish. I've done it to the plastics on my Quads with great results but never thought to use in on the rover.

My suggestion is to use as little heat as possible, as you can always add more heat and taking away the damage you've done from to much is impossible! Small section at a time, go slow and keep the gun a safe distance from the actual plastic. Heat guns will burn through plastic faster than one thinks! That's experience speaking there!
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Can we get a few pointers about how to use the heat? How about pictures?
Pointers:
- As I already stated, remove or cover any lenses with several layers of tape
- clean the piece before you heat it
- with the heat on, move the gun around and DO NOT let it touch the plastic. The plastic gets soft and will easily dent/scar when hot. When the plastic becomes shiny, you are done
- let the gun heat up for about 20 seconds or so once it gets hot, the process goes fast.
- If you can help it, avoid or tape up painted areas
- Bumper plastic can take an amazing amout of heat before it really melts, so don't worry about too much heat...just don't touch it with anything when hot!

I did my rear bumper plastic a while ago and still looks new.
I'm replacing the metal part of my front bumper as we speak and did all the plastic pieces in my house last night. I'll post pics as soon as I get some.

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Here are some pics.
Note that the passenger side end cap is brand new and undistinguishable from the newly restored driver's side end cap that is 16 years old.
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Use MOTHER's BACK TO BLACK. Dont get it on anything but the plastic. Looks good. May have to put 2 coats on. Last about 6 months...that washing your vehicle every week.


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