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post #1 of 9 Old 05-16-2017, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Advised not to paint the grill and bumper

My van is in the capable hands of Dave Smith Motors, Kellog Idaho. Getting warranty work done on rear hitch wiring harness, replacing defective side mirror ( again) and addressing squeaks and leaks. I spoke with the body shop manager and he informed me the textured black plastic nose of the van and side moldings arent designed to be painted. It will peel off. I know some folks on the forum painted the front of their vans.... How's it holding up?
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-16-2017, 01:22 PM
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Getting warranty work done on rear hitch wiring harness, replacing defective side mirror (again) and addressing squeaks and leaks.
Specifically what went wrong in each case? Just so the rest of us know what to look for in ours.

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I spoke with the body shop manager and he informed me the textured black plastic nose of the van and side moldings arent designed to be painted. It will peel off. I know some folks on the forum painted the front of their vans.... How's it holding up?
Interesting, considering that Winnebago paints that bodywork for the Travato. Maybe not on all of them, but it is done. Haven't heard any problems from the Travato group about paint peeling off.

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I thought the same thing about the Travato. Maybe it's a different composite designed to be painted?
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To address an earlier inquiry. Getting drivers side mirror replaced again. It flutters. Already replaced once, replacement is worse. Rear backup camera out of alignment... Looking at rear cargo doors. How, I do not know. Clunking sound coming from rear when I hit a bump. Squeaky cargo door. Side molding peeling off. Last year same dealership repainted entire passenger side under warranty.they removed the molding, painted, and replaced the molding using the same molding with the same 2 face tape. Informed they are instructed to do this. so now they ordered new molding... 2 weeks and counting. Leaking cv joint and oil dripping down oil filter. Hopefully it's just a loose oil filter.
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Painting plastic requires an adhesion promoter for the plastic type and flex agent in the paint. And careful prep of the plastic to remove any release agents from the moulding process.
Painted bumpers and mouldings look a lot better than the Bumper Car(van) look.
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there is a dealer that is making custom vans and the front is painted http://www.paulsherryconversionvans....promaster-van/
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FWIW:
About a year ago, I painted the plastic grill of my GMC Savana with canned spray paint. I used one that was formulated for plastic (available at Lowes, Home Depot, etc.). I think it includes a solvent that softens the plastic as the paint adheres, or something like that(?). I cleaned the grill well first, then applied several thin coats. At most, I spent two hours and $10. It looks great. (But it won't if you don't have good spraying technique.) There are no signs of peeling, fading, etc. The PM bumper/grill may be a different plastic, but I would try the same approach if I were unhappy with its current appearance.

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I'll try another automotive painter.. They'll need to give me a guarantee on their work. I'm not willing to rattle can spray it. If I did it it would look like crapola. Thanks for the feedback.
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