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How do I get a gloss effect on rough plastic?

I guess it is not just a case of spraying it in gloss black? Is it a job for professionals?
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There are various products which would increase the gloss such as CarPro Dlux. The key with any dressing is to get the plastic nice and clean before applying anything
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Thank you for the info.

I'll give it a go with some heat resistant paint and gloss.

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Is that your motor, or the effect you're after?

If you're painting plastic, you just need to use a plastic primer, otherwise it'll flake off. The surface has to be de-greased to within an inch of its life.. and clean and dry.

The paint can be any gloss black. You don't need heat resistant paint since if the beast ever gets that hot, the plastic would melt.


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That engine cover would look cool under any bonnet.
 
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Is that your motor, or the effect you're after?.......
That is a good point and one I had not thought about. My advice about the dressing i.e. Dlux was if the picture was from the car.
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That is a good point and one I had not thought about. My advice about the dressing i.e. Dlux was if the picture was from the car.
You could try something like chemical guys new look trim gel!
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Thanks guys, that's not my car, I came across that picture on Goggle and I think it will make the engine bay more appealing
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Try a high build plastic primer rubbing down between coats to get a smooth finish before the top coat goes on.
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Fancy this as my next project.
 
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Considering that this will take about 2/3 weeks to do (can only do on week ends) will there be any issues with the cover removed and the car in use? I guess that as well as look the cover must have some protection purpose stopping the dirty getting in to the engine?
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Probably the acoustic and cable management purpose will be missing when off the engine ?
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The cover keeps bits of rubbish and water off the motor. It'll be okay to drive without the cover for a while, especially if the weather is fine. A lot of engines don't have a cover at all...


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it's only an insulator against the diesel clatter
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it's only an insulator against the diesel clatter
Diesel clatter from a Multiair ?
It probably has its own tappetty noise.
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