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Painting plastic? Specifically Garmin Edge 800

Postby GrumpySmurf » Fri Jan 18, 2013 4:38 pm

OK, so I have a red bike, and recently saw a Garmin Edge 500 in red which looks real nice on a red bike :P

Can I paint the blue bits of my Edge 800's plastic to red? Any idea what paint and what tricks to make sure it looks OK?

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Re: Painting plastic? Specifically Garmin Edge 800

Postby Clydesdale Scot » Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:27 pm

get a silicon case
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It hides the blue.
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Re: Painting plastic? Specifically Garmin Edge 800

Postby Howzat » Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:31 pm

Those bits might be rubber, or synthetic rubber - at least on the 500 the equivalent bits are.
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Re: Painting plastic? Specifically Garmin Edge 800

Postby il padrone » Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:37 pm

I'd reckon they'd use it to void any warranty you have :|
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Re: Painting plastic? Specifically Garmin Edge 800

Postby GrumpySmurf » Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:37 pm

Clydesdale Scot wrote:get a silicon case


Already have that - decided I prefer the streamlined look.
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Re: Painting plastic? Specifically Garmin Edge 800

Postby GrumpySmurf » Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:41 pm

Howzat wrote:Those bits might be rubber, or synthetic rubber - at least on the 500 the equivalent bits are.

Would nail polish work?


il padrone wrote:I'd reckon they'd use it to void any warranty you have :|

I'm not concerned with warranty

It's strange that the Edge 500 comes in what? 3 colours (blue, red, silver?). And they are re-using the same Edge 800 casing for the upcoming Edge 810 but it only has 1 colour.
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Re: Painting plastic? Specifically Garmin Edge 800

Postby Dr_Mutley » Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:18 pm

Use pin striping from a panel shop?
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Re: Painting plastic? Specifically Garmin Edge 800

Postby Mark Kelly » Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:33 pm

If it's silicone eslastomer I can't help.

If it's a plastic like ABS, I suggest the spray paints Tamiya makes for polycarbonate model cars as probably your best shot. They're easy to apply, stick like the proverbial and seem to be very resistant to grease etc (they're made to survive being doused in fuel periodically). I've used them to repaint a couple of carbon forks to hide the carbon, the first one's survived 3 years.

The code numbers are PS-2 for Red and PS-34 for bright red, the colours are very true to the lid. They will run you about $12 a can from any decent model shop.
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Re: Painting plastic? Specifically Garmin Edge 800

Postby outnabike » Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:39 pm

Hi GrumpySmurf,
Google "paint plastic" and it will give you some options. here is one.

http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/how-t ... lastic.htm
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Re: Painting plastic? Specifically Garmin Edge 800

Postby Saturnstarzz » Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:16 pm

Tamiya or humbrol masking tape on the edges , buy some model paint (humbrol gloss or matt) and some 1 and 3 brushes.

Give it 3 thin coats over 3 days.
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Re: Painting plastic? Specifically Garmin Edge 800

Postby Dr_Mutley » Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:15 am

Did anyone give this a go? Post results? I'm keen to do my edge 510 to get rid of the shite
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Re: Painting plastic? Specifically Garmin Edge 800

Postby Dr_Mutley » Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:15 am

White even :-)
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