Best way of painting DS front lights plastic enclosure?
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    Default Best way of painting DS front lights plastic enclosure?

    Back in the past there was a very well described Aussiefrogs post regarding the preparation and painting of the plastic housing for the DS headlights. I think it might have got lost when the site had a meltdown. As I am now in the situation of having to replace the lights in my DS23 Safari, I would like to take the opportunity of renovating the enclosure which is looking very shabby with peeling paint etc. I vaguely remember that the primer coat was of importance and a commonly found grey spray paint was recommended for a good finish. Any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perryair View Post
    Back in the past there was a very well described Aussiefrogs post regarding the preparation and painting of the plastic housing for the DS headlights. I think it might have got lost when the site had a meltdown. As I am now in the situation of having to replace the lights in my DS23 Safari, I would like to take the opportunity of renovating the enclosure which is looking very shabby with peeling paint etc. I vaguely remember that the primer coat was of importance and a commonly found grey spray paint was recommended for a good finish. Any ideas?
    Page 1 of my D Special rejuvenation thread shows how I tackled mine, plastic primer and acrylic lacquer, though they have not yet seen the light of day the finish has proved to be tough and durable.

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    You could always buy new ones. I don't think they are expensive. They will always look better than painted ones.
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    Remove existing paint, sand with 600 w/d, degrease, spray with aerosol of the plastic primer used on bumpers. Spray a matt white acrylic. Stand back and admire.
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    Mine were painted by tractionfan years ago (while he was still pretending to be a spray painter) and they have lasted fantastically.
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    Scrub with a mild detergent, rinse with fresh running water, dry well then spray with Anchor Bond touch-up paint, colour:- Lysaght/Colorbond Dune/Birch. This is extremely close to the original colour plastic and dries to a satin finish like the original.
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    Default Thanks for thoughtful advice.

    Thank you for the ideas offered concerning restoring the front light enclosures for my D. They all seem like valid solutions and I am bound to use one of them for sure.Hopefully they will also be a useful reference to other D restoration projects in the future. I will let you know what method I decide on and will post the result. Many thanks once again.

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