Smooth Fox Terriers
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: United Kingdom
I used Plastikote Aluminium primer, then Plastikote red, followed by Plastikote clear.
Patience is key.....
First block sand the lettering to give a good key as the vapour blasted finish is not ideal for paint to adhere to.
Raid the kitchen cupboards for some new sponge scourers, cut these into 1 inch blocks.
Spray the paint onto the sponge block,(obviously the smooth side, not the rough scouring part..) then lightly dab it onto the lettering to transfer it. REALLY LIGHTLY - otherwise the paint will go down the sides of the lettering, whereas you just want it on top. Don't reuse the sponge blocks, after one printing session, bin them.
From memory I did three coats of primer, about five of the red and a few coats of clear on top. In between coats, put the plenum & cover in the airing cupboard or in my case on top of the boiler - somewhere warm to dry. With many paints, you really need to let them dry/go-off thoroughly before the next coat, otherwise you will end up with a mess.
If you are prepared to spend 10 minutes twice a day, for a few days doing the paint this way, you will end up with a good job that looks like factory.
Hope that helps, Tom