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Alright. I have a habit of fucking with things just for the hell of it, and I want to put a design on my fiberglass Chaser hood before I get it painted for real or get rid of it.

My question is, what is the best way to paint or draw a white image on a black fiberglass hood, and it not smear with weather conditions. I've never done any body work in my life so I wouldn't even know where to start for something simple like this.
 

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If spray paint would stick, would normal paint do the job also? The design is kind of complex for stencils and will be as big as the hood

my worry is cold weather cracking the paint and it falling off, or rain smearing the paint
 

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Air brush would work. You could get some car paint and do it with a brush and then clear coat over it
 

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Thx, but I was figuring something a little more DIY home depot style since I dont have an airgun and automotive paint is a bit expensive for just temporary art.

Could I use a brush and normal paint, or would I have trouble getting it off when it came down to actually painting my hood?
 

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Thx, but I was figuring something a little more DIY home depot style since I dont have an airgun and automotive paint is a bit expensive for just temporary art.

Could I use a brush and normal paint, or would I have trouble getting it off when it came down to actually painting my hood?
Hrmmm.... Normal outdoor paint should work fine then.
 

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I did my helmet with a pack of 20 colored sharpies and then clear coated over it. It's smooth and has not smeared or anything. You'd have to be patient doing an entire hood though.
 

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Thanks. Just got tired of having white, sat down with a pile of sharpies and colored for 2-3 hours. Lately I've been thinking of repainting it and trying something else.
 

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That's what I have right now. I can take shots of the whole thing today when I'm in the shop.
You do know that using products containing solvents isn't recommended on helmets since it may break down the resins in the composite material and thus compromise the effectiveness of the helmet.
 

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Man, someone just went through a whole spill about using thinners, hardeners, environment temperature for painting and allowing it to dry, etc and I was lost in the sauce. I'm hoping this comes out okay xD
 

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Have any friends with a vinyl plotter? Cake walk with one.

Otherwise get lots of masking tape, cover the whole hood, draw out the design, then cut it out piece by piece with a razor and make sure to lift all areas of the same color, then spray and unmask until it is done. Shouldn't be too terribly difficult once the hood is off the car. Just very time consuming.
 

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Vinyl wrap will be hard with the vented hood and I checked how much shops charge. I could get a legit paint job for less than a vinyl wrap. haha

I'm checking some art shops and automotive shops to see if I can find some large sheets of stencil paper (the sticky kind). Will just draw and cut the design onto the sheet and then stick it over the hood. Hope to get it started by the middle of the week and finish before friday.

Will cold weather affect the curing of the paint? Spray paint is easily accessable, but I'm sure I could also do some normal bucket of paint and go to my friends house that has a spray gun.
 
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