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well, im getting my car painted, after i fix the damage on the fron end, but my trim isnt in the best shape, so i dont want to have a bright red color on faded or something like that trim, i dont wanna paint the trim red with the car, i like the black lines on it more, so i wanna paint them black.

BUT now, the question is, what kind of paint should i use on them, and do i need to primer them or something too, and snad them out. i dont wanna paint them and have the paint start cracking like 2 monthes or so after. any hints??
 

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No No not a regular painting technique.

Go to your autobody store or maybe even a automotive store and get a can of SEM trim black paint. Its in a spray can. Its not like a regular paint, kinda thin like a dye. Spray on maybe two thin coats and your done. Just make sure the trim is clean and all taped off. You will love the results.
 

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well im gonna take the trim off, casue im gonna paint the car, so im gonna paint them off the car.
 

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I got mine painted off the car, mostly because my whole car wasnt getting painted. If the whole car is getting painted them paint them on the car. Just ask them to prep them and paint all the moldings. If you take them off you wont get them to look as good as they did before. To get them to look great you have to leave them in the sun for a while so it makes them soft and movable. If your lucky the the paint wont crack while your moving the moldings back and forth. The people that did mine thought that the paint was going to crack, havent had a problem yet??

I think it also depends on the paint too??
 

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well i wanna take them of the car and paint them, casue i want the body shop to paint under the moldings, not just around them and stuff u know.
 
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I painted my trim on the car the same color as the car(white) What i did was tape everthing down sand , then prime, then paint. So far everything has held on really really well, the car looks great
I've had it through car washes touch less and not. and everthing is still there. Once I get my 2nd gen probe gt rims on I'll post a pic.
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well i wanna take them of the car and paint them, casue i want the body shop to paint under the moldings, not just around them and stuff u know.
Yea, I know what you mean. Mine were done all around also. you also want to get the paint under the moldings (on body of car) to be nice and painted also. I dont blame you, so that when/if a modling does fall off its nice and red.

Just take them off then, its not hard. Im not going to say its easy though. Its got some really strong adhesive on the back. Part of the molding was stuck on my car. I had to take a razor blade to it
 

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if you are going to leave them black, use the paint that is specific for trim, it isnt a paint but more of a dye like some others have said, the thing with the dye is that is doent spray even coats, you get some spots that are shinier than others and the dye doesnt last too long in the elements (carwashes, sun, etc etc)...you'd be better off using some Black Magic, better yet, check into the pricing of new molding from mazda, you only need the two door pieces, which are constantly moving and have a tendency to crack and brittle off (swinging or slamming doors etc etc) but the paint on the bumper and fender doesnt move a whole lot, so painting those should stay without cracking provided you have primed them right, I sprayed mine 3 or 4 months ago and the paint has held up fine, except for the passenger side corner, but that is from a small fender bender, and an entirley different story :lol:
 

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aight guys, so we got the paint things down, but ok, after i take them off and paint them and the car gets painted, im gonna have to put them back on, so what kind of glue is needed, and what do they use to stick them back on, i dont wanna get some kind of glue and then they fall apart when it rains or something haha.
 

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I used that double sided 3M all weather tape. When I first got my car the driverside modling was in the backseat. I used that 3M tape and it was on my door for a year with no problems. Then I took them off and got them painted. There still on there now.

All I used was the 3M tape and there still on there:shrug:
Make sure that you clean the area really well
 

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do they sell the 3M tape in stripes or so?. which 3M double sided tape did ya use and who was the package like? u know hehe. i wanna make sure im getting the right one:D
 

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Well it comes in rolls, might wanna buy 2. I think I only bought one and it was just enough for the last modling. Thats also with cutting them in halfs and strips. Im planning on takin all my moldings off again and remounting them. My driverside molding looks like its falling off but its not. I need to take it off and put it on better.

I dont really remember the package, It says all weather on it and I think they have extra strength. Theres a picture in the backround of a wall with numbers on it in the rain.....something like that.
Also if you can get the clear, it seems to stick better than the gray stuff.
 

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ok if you really want to do it right, you need to spray on an adhesion promotor first, this will help it stick to the trim a whole lot better. If you don't want it to crack, and you are using real auto paint you need a flex addative so the paint will flex and not crack.
 
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