How to Paint ATV Plastics? The Top Tips
If you are a motor enthusiast, you must have heard about the concept of ATV plastics. These plastics have been specially designed to give protection both to your ride and you from the rocks and dirt that you will inevitably come across while riding. If you are into colourful graphics, then you can use the ATV plastic to customise your bike so that it starts to look even more professional.
When choosing the perfect ATV for your vehicle, it is essential that you keep the following factors in minds- performance and looks. You can check the specifications before buying to ensure smooth functionality. However, when it comes to the appearance of the ATV plastic, you can go DIY and paint it yourself.
Painting ATV plastics is not as difficult as it sounds. It is fairly easy if you know what to do and how to proceed. Remember, the most important thing you need to do is gather all the tools you might need beforehand. Unless you are well-prepared, it might take a lot of time, and you will end up disliking it. After you, it is your ATV that needs to be made ready for painting.
Let us help to get through this process with minimum hassle. Just abide by the instructions listed below, and you will breeze through it.
1. Clean the surface with sandpaper:
To paint a surface, the first thing to do always is cleaning it thoroughly so that no dust can hamper the paint coat. Once you are finished with that, use a 180 grit sandpaper on the entire surface that will be painted. These ATV plastics have been out in the open battling natural elements like sunlight and wind for a long time which leads them to develop a thin layer or crust on the surface. Sanding will help you remove this unwanted crust so you can move on to the next step. Don't go soft because you need to get rid of every last particle.
2. Remove water-soluble contaminants:
Once you are done sanding, it is time to remove all water-soluble contaminants from the surface that is to be painted. Use a scuff pad and a solution of your preference to do this. This step is also helpful in eliminating any contaminant that might have seeped into the plastic during the previous step. We cannot stress it enough that unless the surface is squeaky clean, the paint will either not settle or it will lose the texture and gloss. If you want to make your efforts count, pay particular attention to these first few steps.
3. Repeat the first step:
It never hurts to be a little extra careful or take some precautions. You can repeat the sanding process with 180 grit sandpaper once more just in case you missed any spot the first time around. This is optional, but it is best if you do it anyway.
Once you are finished with the tedious cleaning, you can go directly to the next important step. Sandblast the ATV plastic, and make sure that you cover the entire surface that you want to paint, with 80 grit aluminium oxide. Sand is a very effective cleaner, and with this step, you will be one step closer to finally applying paint. However, hold your horses a little while longer because we are yet to do some more cleaning.
5. Clean one final time:
Use a plastic cleaner to complete the cleaning process. You can choose the brand based on your market research. They are available as sprays which are really easy to use. All you have to do is spray a heavy coat and then wait till the solvents manage to dissolve all contaminants. Give it twenty minutes to do its job and then wipe the coat off using a clean paper towel.
6. Apply adhesive:
Now you have to apply two heavy coats of any industry-level adhesive on the surface of the plastic. Do not double-coat without letting the first coat flash off first. Before you go on to the next step, make sure that the adhesive has dried off completely.
7. Apply a primer:
Since we are now getting ready to paint the ATV surface finally, we need to layer and texture it properly. Use the waterborne primer surfacer to slather the surface completely. Due to the high build, you won’t have to worry about any scratches. However, the first thing that you need to look at is to leave the primer to dry.
8. Sand the surface again:
Since you will have to use high-build primer surfacer, you need to make an extra effort if you want that perfect finish. In other words, you have to sand the entire surface till it is absolutely smooth. Use a 320 grit paper for maximum effect.
9. Use a finishing glaze:
Now it is time to cover up any imperfections that may have already been there or which were caused by our rigorous cleaning. Use the best finishing glaze that you can find to cover up these spots. Find one that has a lower viscosity if you want a smooth flow.
10. Sand for the final time:
Give the finishing glaze some time to settle down and then use sandpaper to smoothen the surface out. After you paint, even the smallest undulations will be noticeable. So sand it well.
11. Apply a bumper sealer:
Now it is time for the one final step before you start off with a paint brush. Apply a freeze-tolerant waterborne bumper sealer on the surface that will now be painted.
12. Go ahead and paint:
Wait till the sealer dries before you start applying the paint. Do not forget to double layer it- a basecoat and a clear coat are enough. Use a flex additive on the topcoat. Flex additives help in better adhesion of paint to plastic surfaces.
Your ATV plastic is now fully painted and all ready for use! There may be a lot of steps but at the end, it will be well worth your time.