I am planning to refurbish my Mk3 speedo/rev counter holders/pods and like the original matt black finish, so want to restore that. However, it is either a very tough paint, because it just laughs at Nitromors paint stripper, or perhaps it is a form of anodising? I could just abrade them and spray them with a matt black paint, but would likely not be able to replicate that original hard wearing matt finish. I intend to take a holder to work and get the lab to tell me what the black finish is, but just wondered if anyone already knows precisely what it is?
I,m about to repaint mine, no need to take them back to bare metal if they aren,t damaged, just usual prep over the existing finish to get them nice and smooth, degrease wipe, grey primer, final wet and dry then top coat(s). I use normal acrylic aerosols
In my case they,re gloss black so will cut and polish to finish once it,s cured over my old oil filled bathroom heater. Durable, inexpensive and doesn,t take long. I use the same technique for frame, side covers etc.
Can you recommend an acrylic aerosol paint?
I have to do the same job!!!
my normal go to brand are Simoniz 500ml aerosols like in the photo, they probably have the grey primer as well, good stuff even on prepped plastics. I,m currently using some from a supplier who mixes their own near Southampton I think and they,re similar to the Simoniz.
Any acrylic aerosols including Halfords should be OK.
I use the Simoniz very high temp silver (800c) on the cylinders, comes out more like a satin rather than matt. The last photo shows the cylinders after around 6000 road miles in all weathers, needing a little touch up.
The side panels were done a couple of years ago as described above and still OK, smoother finish than the tank if you zoom in.