Up until now, my response has been “I don’t know, I’ve never tried.” But that changes now. By the way, I wasted my lunch hour today on this, so everyone reading this right now owes me lunch.
If you dye your metal case, and come complaining to me about how it looks, I will laugh at you.
I used a piece of painted metal case material that was removed from my side panel when I cut a window. It was formerly beige. The prep consisted of nothing at all. I did not clean or wipe this test piece in any way. No sanding. No tack cloth. Nothing.
I took the piece out to the back, put on my respirator and wailed on it using Plasti-kote Ultra Vinyl Color, flat black ($4.29). Without further ado, here are the results:
easy to scratch, even witha fingernail
this doesn’t work for me
The second shot is a detail from the first. These were shot in indirect daylight with no flash at a distance of about nine inches. The texture is the texture of the original paint job, plus whatever crud was adhering to the panel. As I mentioned, I did not sand the surface.
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