DIY: PAINTING SIDE MIRROR COVER

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DIY: PAINTING SIDE MIRROR COVER

Postby Larz » Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:57 pm

Long story short, our weekly rubbish pick-up is Tues and Fri. That's important because it was a rogue rubbish bin that attacked my side mirror and damaged the outer cover on the passenger side. The night before pick-up, these tall, huge bins are dragged down our driveways to the street by housekeepers, butlers, or in my case ... ME. I allegedly came too close to one my neighbor's bins and it jumped out, viciously attacked, and deeply scraped my mirror cover, smashing it into the folded position.
The dealer quoted $174.75 for a new cover, $225 for paint / labor (it comes in primer only), $90 to remove / install it for a total of: $489.75
I declined. :nono:

I went home, and used google to save me. I bought the following:
OEM exact part number mirror cover from Infinitipartsonline 98.00
3M Scotch-bright pad to sand / prep the surface: 6.22
Dupli-color paint promoter: 15.92
Dupli-color Perfect Match clear coat 10.79
Harpy Motors QAA OEM paint (1 can base + 1 can top coat) 27.99
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Total: $ 158.92

I thoroughly cleaned the cover with 99% alcohol, wet sanded it, then cleaned again with alcohol, then re-sanded it smooth. I followed the directions on each of the cans to apply promoter, paint, and clear coat. As you know, QAA paint is a three stage paint process with base, pearl top coat, and then clear to protect it. The idea that these paint cans could accurately create a finish similar to what a paint shop can do was rather unlikely, but it was worth a try to avoid $500 for a pro job.
The painted plastic mirror cover is NOT attached to the car. Rather, it simply snaps onto the main mirror housing. It was easy to remove. If I'm honest, The cleaning, sanding, re-cleaning, priming, re-sanding, two step painting, final clear coating, and polishing was a bit cumbersome and there was time spent waiting coats just staring at it, LOL. Not difficult like rocket science, but it took loads of patience to make sure the plastic would accept the paint evenly and loads of care to avoid paint runs or overspray. Mind you, anybody can do this - but you have to follow the instructions to the letter. That is where, frankly, I sometimes fall a bit short of the mark, LOL. Everything you see listed above came from Amazon and all but the paint arrives in 2 days free if you're a prime member. The paint took 4 days. I sprayed multiple thin coats of promoter, lightly sanded nit smooth, then multiple thin coats both paints, then 5 thin coats of clear. The final stage came a few days later. After I was sure the surface had cured, I used my orbital and Griot's BOSS polish to refine the surface of the clear coat to match the shine and depth of the rest of the car.
When you view the result, you have to agree that Harpy Motors (a rather funny name) makes a great product and a nearly perfect match to the factory pearl effect. To provide this color in touch-up bottles, pens, and spray cans is a welcome thing indeed. I highly recommend them.
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Re: DIY: SIDE MIRROR COVER

Postby LIBRILZ » Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:01 pm

Looks great, glad to see this worked out for you!

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Re: DIY: SIDE MIRROR COVER

Postby kmiles » Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:43 am

Larz - great write-up! I've found that repairing the paint on plastic parts can be a long process. Who did the pin striping on your mirror?

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Re: DIY: SIDE MIRROR COVER

Postby Greg00gts » Sun Mar 24, 2019 2:40 pm

I would love to try this, too bad they don’t have the paint for an 07 white m35.

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Re: DIY: SIDE MIRROR COVER

Postby Larz » Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:45 pm

kmiles wrote:
Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:43 am
Larz - great write-up! I've found that repairing the paint on plastic parts can be a long process. Who did the pin striping on your mirror?
That pinstripe is on the rear fender. I posted that to compare the factory paint to my mirror.

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Re: DIY: SIDE MIRROR COVER

Postby Larz » Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:45 am

Greg00gts wrote:
Sun Mar 24, 2019 2:40 pm
I would love to try this, too bad they don’t have the paint for an 07 white m35.
Chances are, if you're just doing the mirror, the paint I used will work fine. If not, here is a site that offers your factory matched color (QX1):
https://touchupdirect.com/touch-up-pain ... ct=aerosol
It includes the color and clear coat.

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Re: DIY: PAINTING SIDE MIRROR COVER

Postby carldu » Tue May 07, 2019 1:17 am

The outcome looks great. Nice work! How many coats of paint did you apply?

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Re: DIY: PAINTING SIDE MIRROR COVER

Postby Larz » Tue May 07, 2019 8:55 pm

I reckon the side mirrors get swatted pretty hard by rain and road debri so I did 2-3 light coats of primer, then lightly wet sanded it. I followed with 3 coats of each touch-up can (mine takes two different paints to match the pearl effect. After the touch-up colors, I add 2 very light coats of clear, followed by 3 more regular coats of clear. I kept the cover in my garage for two days to allow it to completely cure. I drove the car with the innards and motor exposed for two days, coated with vaseline and a bit of plastic wrap - and yes I looked quite daft whilst doing it, LOL. After two days, I reinstalled the mirror cover, then buffed it with polish to make the surface smooth and bring a pop to the clear coat.


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