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    Just as a side not...I recently HAD to purchase a complete new set of window rubbers
    They are brand new and have a satin matte finish. Maybe a very fine sanding is good?

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    Yeah, in checking out several HD's and screws, they are a very satin matte almost grey color to them.

    Also spoke with a body man, to extent they can be painted however being they are rubber & the paint will not last much more than a year, and that is even prepped correctly. So I may be just dreaming at this point.

    I found Wipe New and gave it a shot. Same thing, it wouldn't soak in, even after 30 minutes it just wiped off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCal Waite View Post
    Yeah, in checking out several HD's and screws, they are a very satin matte almost grey color to them.
    So I'm not sure how many "products" you have tried by now but even the new rubber finish is a flat matte finish.
    ...Depending to the grit of sandpaper you have used already I might suggest using an even finer grit for a nice flat finish.

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    I spot checked 3 different products, then treated all of them with 1 product, then resanded them from the beginning (400, 800 then 2k) to SEM paint them. Then resanded them again from the beginning to remove the fish-eyed paint, and only wiped them down with Sonus Motor Coat.

    I ended with a 2000 grit wet sand. Think I should hit them with a 3k or higher grit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCal Waite View Post
    I ended with a 2000 grit wet sand. Think I should hit them with a 3k or more grit?
    I'm not sure If i would apply Sonus Motor Kote on the exterior rubber???

    How does it look? Is the 2k wet sanding looking clean and flat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlairTruck View Post
    others have painted theirs in the past with success.
    I would love to see them, and the process they used.

    I spoke with a body man about these, and he has painted them before. The process he used consisted of cleaning them with Comet and a scotch brite pad, then cooked them in a paint booth, then sand them with a 400, 800 & 1500 grit, cleaned them with Comet again, then cooked them again to finally paint them. Used a normal paint, with a rubber additive, and even after all of that, it only lasted about a year & a half, because as he says: the rubber just doesn't hold onto the paint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin View Post
    I'm not sure If i would apply Sonus Motor Kote on the exterior rubber???
    Well poop.

    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin View Post
    How does it look? Is the 2k wet sanding looking clean and flat?
    Its a nice even flat grey.

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    Sometimes...it is about what works!

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    So I got a few deliveries today.....

    Merlin you are to cool!

    I also got the new replacement piece, and it looks phenomenal compared to the old piece.

    I got this one for $38.

    So I did a little test treatment with the CarPro DLux, here's how it turned out:

    I should have listened to you in the first place Merlin. Thank you sir I'm now going to order a kit of my own, instead of buying new pieces 1 by 1.
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    That looks great how long will it last

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    Not sure, will find out I guess

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRANTBP View Post
    That looks great how long will it last
    It is a coating not a dressing.
    On average 6 months to a year depending on the elements etc.

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    Original application 50/50


    7 Month Update...



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    Where do I buy it

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