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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-01-2002, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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On my zr 580, I have the factory "smoke" windshield. I would like to make it solid black. If I paint the back of it non glossy black, will it look like the solid black windshields you buy? Or has someone tried this and it looks like crap?
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I have done this and like the way it turned out. Make sure you use a Flat Black and you will be fine. Clean it up good before you do it and make sure there is no oil or grease on it. Good luck!

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here's mine painted with flat black .
make sure its clean and paint it on the inside muliple thin coats not one thick coat.

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arcticzr580 is right. Paint the back and it looks great. Here is my old sled.
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My friend just painted mine for me and it looks awsome. Here are a couple of pointers. Do alot of thin coats to prevent the paint from cracking. It took about 6-7 coats before you couldn't see any light threw it. He also said to heat the windshield up a little bit before you spray it helps the paint stink better.

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The best paint to use is one with a flex agent such as a bumper and trim paint. Any body shop supply house should be able to fix you up.
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-01-2002, 11:14 PM
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Acrylic lacquer will attach to lexan winshields and not crack or peel off. This what we use to paint those lexan RC model car bodies. Paint the inside of the windshield and reverse your pattern so that is is viewed from the out side of the windshield. If you do more than one color, start with the darkest color first (black) and end with the lightest color (white). Good luck.

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what about using other colers then black. like flourecent orange or green i like lot's of coler on my sleds and i think a green or orange windshield would be pretty wicked. what do you think , and where would i get that color , at. SWRules :thumbsup:
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I painted my windshield on my old sled. I thought it turned out good. It took SEVERAL coats of paint to get the look I was going for, but worth it in the end. I started with a few coats of flat black and then went with several coats of high gloss black.
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Originally posted by Enginerd@Dec 1 2002, 10:14 PM
Acrylic lacquer will attach to lexan winshields and not crack or peel off. This what we use to paint those lexan RC model car bodies. Paint the inside of the windshield and reverse your pattern so that is is viewed from the out side of the windshield. If you do more than one color, start with the darkest color first (black) and end with the lightest color (white). Good luck.
Can this be purchased at your "Wal-Marts" in a spray can?
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