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For Christmas my uncle got me a Danko chin spoiler. Im really excited to put it onto my charger but the only thing thats is bothering me is that it has a few scratches. My uncle ordered it from Danko and it was shiped to him and he just wraped the package he got soo it could have been somthing on danko's end. I was wondering if i could just sand it down and repaint it with some OEM flat black paint. I just want it to be black like it already is because i think it would go really well with the silver steel and black decals. If anyone ha any advise id greatly appriciate it.
 

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congrats on the gift! don't worry about the scratches. its only made of fiberglass. you should paint it anyway, even if you keep it black. i drive a tor red charger, and i painted mine satin black. i love the way it looks.

you should sand the whole thing with a medium-fine grit sand paper. after sanding, clean the spoiler. i used a windex-type cleaner. after its dry, spray a thin, even coat of "grey auto primer" spraypaint. i put mine on two folding chairs that were covered with trash bags, but if you have saw horses those will work too. now, you'll have to wait for it to dry, and then paint the underside. i repeated this process 3 times (three, even coats of primer). i gave each coat at least an hour of drying time.

i did not sand in between coats. if you do a nice even coat each time, and don't let your spray get too heavy in areas, you won't need to sand.

then, i used a "satin black" spray paint, made for plastics. now, repeating the process for priming, use the satin black in the same fashion; nice, even coats. i would recommend at least 3 coats of black (i think i did 4). this will need more drying time in between coats (1 1/2 - 2 hours should be good). again, if you do nice, even coats you will not have to sand. i used one can of grey primer, but 2 cans of satin black. this is just a tip, but after doing 2 coats of the satin black, don't use that can anymore. use a new can for coats 3 and 4. you dont want to be getting close to the bottom of the can and have it start spitting out drops of paint onto the spoiler.
after all that is done, give the spoiler a FULL 24 HOURS to dry. then you'll be good to install it.

here are some picture of how mine came out:

http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2hquxbq&s=7
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=k19bn&s=7
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2ezse3r&s=7
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2q8prmt&s=7
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2l8ko77&s=7

hope this is helpfull. sorry for all the info. if you have any questions, please ask.

joe
 

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I painted my Danko decklid spoiler myself as well. Had a self induced chip that I had to fix. Depending on how deep the scratches are, get a can of the grey "filling" primer which will fill in the scratches, but you WILL need to sand the primer down. No offense to previous poster, but I don't care how careful you are with the primer coats, if you don't sand it down, the paint will never be as smooth as if you sanded the primer. Get some 1000 and 2000 grit sand paper and do a wet sand. And I just used some cheap satin black indoor/outdoor spray paint from the paint section at Walmart. But the Matte black automotive paint will give the same effect.
 

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These spoilers do not come painted, so painting is a must. The scuff marks are usually just superficial because the gel coat is shiny black. Just sand the surface with 320 grit and they will all go away. jstudlystevens sounds like he has some good advise.
 

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I just got my chin spoiler today. I didn't know it was coming, although it was a pleasant surprise. I'm glad I was home. It arrived safely, and with only minor surface marks like Mo said. Most of the marks are on the surface, not in or under it. Shouldn't be too bad to prep and smooth.

Anyway, thanks Mo. I've been pacing the floor since I ordered, but I know it takes time to manufacture. I like it, and cannot wait to install (but I'm gonna hafta).

Also, thanks to jstudlystevens for the above advice. I will probably wait until spring to prep, paint and install when the weather gets back above 60'.
 

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These spoilers do not come painted, so painting is a must. The scuff marks are usually just superficial because the gel coat is shiny black. Just sand the surface with 320 grit and they will all go away. jstudlystevens sounds like he has some good advise.
thanks, mo! i love my spoiler!
 
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