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Old 07-06-2015, 01:16 PM   #1
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To Paint or not to Paint my AC Cover?

Just wondered if anyone has ever painted their air conditioner cover silver? Mine is disolored in spots and thought it might look cool silver. Or it might look trashy. If so what kind of paint did you use? I bought some silver spray paint and I also have a can of "Zinc It" which puts a coat of silver zinc on it. This shouldn't cause any overheating problems with the A/C should it? Will the paint flake off? What are the general thoughts on this from the community? Thanks.

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Old 07-06-2015, 01:43 PM   #2
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Old 07-06-2015, 02:05 PM   #3
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I know a guy who had his AC covers painted silver to match his trailer. I believe that he had an auto body shop use automotive paints to do this. It looks great.
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Old 07-06-2015, 02:33 PM   #4
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You can use spray paint, but it probably won't last very long, especially if exposed to sun. I would have an auto body shop paint it. Make sure they use an adhesion promoter while prepping.
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Old 07-07-2015, 10:26 AM   #5
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I painted mine with a spray primer, and then an Aluminum coloured spray paint, lastly top coated it with a clear lacquer spray. Only did it this year, it looked horrible before and looks great now. Sorry I can't comment on the durability, but for $20 in products and about 2 hrs it was a huge improvement.

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Old 07-07-2015, 12:50 PM   #6
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Use Krylon spray paint ...comes in many colours including silver and aluminum. Home Depot and hardware stores, etc. It is made for outdoor furniture, and stands up well to sun. I have also used it to cover plastic laminate cabinet doors. Watch out for the re-coat times. If you do not re-coat within 24 hours it will bubble. If you miss the timing then you need to wait for about 7 days I think.

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Old 07-07-2015, 01:18 PM   #7
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I painted my AC cover with silver Rustoleum in 2012 and it still looks good today!
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:08 PM   #8
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We also sanded the original plastic shroud, painted with Krylon silver, then a Krylon clear coat. That lasted until we replaced the AC unit 7 years later. I did the same thing with the new shroud.
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:28 PM   #9
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If you use the krylon fusion be sure to use it outdoors, I just sprayed my front end cap in a large garage, to say that it has overspray would be an understatement, seemed like more paint was going into the air than on the surface. Had white 'dust' on everything. Took 6 cans to get good coverage.
Been using primer in there without similar problems, about 15 cans of it.
I would consider an auto paint shop, they have a professional primer especially for plastic(bumpers etc) that works really well. Then they can color spray and clear coat.
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:37 PM   #10
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Like the idea. I have been thinking about painting my AC and vent covers gray.
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Hit my old Dometic on the 3411 with some primer and then used Krylon Fusion. Still fine when sold two years later after this punishing environment.
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Old 07-08-2015, 10:11 AM   #12
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Great! Thanks for all the good info. Now I'm not so scared to try it since it has worked for so many. Gotta love the Forum.

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