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I was at the store the other day with a friend & found a can of spray paint from Krylon "wrinkle finish" in black...

Pretty cool stuff... I know I need to get out more :rolleyes:

So I try to see if its available in other colors but I have not had any luck online (google)

So i began to wonder if perhaps there are methods of adding the desired texture to surfaces prior to painting...

Any tips on how you tackle texture finishes is appreciated...
 

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SEM makes a texture coating specifically made for automotive use. Not sure if the Krylon is a generalist product or not. After doing a few coats of texture, use a high count sand paper, like 1000 grit wet to knock down any fuzzies, then shoot the color matched color coat on. YOu should be set.

*Link for texture
http://www.sem.ws/product.php?product_id=145

*Link for Color Coat aerosol
http://www.sem.ws/product.php?product_id=190

If you have a NAPA Auto Parts store in your neighborhood, they sell them. You can get it from them.
 

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Here is a nice tutorial of some A pillars, and shows the texturized process well.
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/357004/6

One other thing, my NAPA didnt have it on hand, but ordered it from the warehouse within 2 days, so make sure you speak to a knowledgeable person there since a new dude might not know what you are talking about.
 

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yeah the SEM stuff works well

only thing I can add is that

1) do very thin coats,and sand with 400 grit in between coats--untill youget the design you wnat to mathc your stock grain

if you do it that way it does look very close to stock

I made the mistake of NOT doing this on the main pillar parts so I have to sand them down and start all over arrrgh

3) and Id recommed a VERY thin coat of primer to make sure you can see any indentions you may have missed in sanding. the texture will cover most small indentions, but not much larger than a sandpaper mark

oh and practice as the spray pattern from the knobs take some getting use to
 

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On things like A pillars, you can easily retexture the entire piece, this way its uniform in pattern...
 
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