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Painting the "cobalt" Lettering

I was told that the silver letters spelling "cobalt" cannot be painted, but I'm kinda skeptical, I'd like to know if anyone else has tried this...

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Anything can be painted. All they are is plastic with double sided tape on the back. To paint them use lightly snd with 1000 grit or higher sand paper, and you can spray paint them any color you want. You may also want to clear coat them. If you really want to you can even prime them with a self etching primer, and then paint them, and clear coat them.

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That's what I thought but I really don't know jack about painting so I wanted to ask...sounds like my next project :D

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ive tried to paint mine black, didnt come out as i expected.
i prepped everything like i usually do to spray paint something too.

the paint peeled off in two seconds....and this is after i let it dry over night.
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You were the one who mentioned that last time right? What exactly did you do? Maybe a different type of paint should be used? Like I said I don't know jack sh** about painting...

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You won't be able to paint the chrome.
On my last car I striped the chrome off the badages and painted them.
To strip the chrome i had then soaking in Bleach for a week changing the bleach twice a day.
After the soaking it was bare plastic that I was able to prime and paint.
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I painted the chrome around the chevy badge with no problem at all. Its not really chrome its shiny chrome-like plastic. A good sanding and priming should do the trick.

Now that I think about it... I painted my badge with a two-part black polyurethane paint at my shop, with a spray gun. Spray paint might not turn out the same.

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Ive painted the emblems on cars a couple times before. as was already said, said it with like 1000 grit sand paper, clean it (prime if you want to, i didn't), paint it, let it dry at least a couple hours between coats(I left it a day each coat) and then clear it. I can try to find some pics I took of my emblems on my old civic sometime tomorow
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So the trick is to let it sit for SUPER long between cots then?

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So the trick is to let it sit for SUPER long between cots then?
not neccesarily, but me and a friend of mine did ours at the same time. we did his in a day and mine took about a week(we each did like four coats of paint and a couple coats of clear) and mine held up and his flaked. You dont have to take THAT long, just make sure the paint is completely dry after every coat
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