Mismatched wing mirror paint? That just wont fly.
If you have watched my intro video of the MX5, you will see I mention that the passenger’s side wing mirror isn’t actually black like the rest of the car, it’s a dark metallic blue.
Being a nice small piece I thought I would have a go at painting it myself. I have never painted an exterior car part before, so this is a good time to learn.
My mirrors are manual, so no wiring here, but I presume there would be a plug to undo when you remove the mirror, if you were flash enough for electrics.
With the mirror off I started by giving it a clean, then a real good scuff up with a fine scuffing pad. This took off all the gloss and shine from the paint. I also used some fine sandpaper to clean up a couple of scratches and marks.
I left it a few days to cure properly, and then gently sanded it as smooth as I could with more fine sandpaper.
The black took ages to dry. Its taken about a week to cure enough to stop being tacky, and it’s back on the car now. It’s not perfect, its pretty orange-peely, and it got some specs of dust in it, but over all its much better than it was and is probably the shiniest part of the car now. Not a bad result for rattle can paint.
Apparently a wet sand might help, so when I’m sure the paint is fully cured I might have a quick go at sanding it. In the meantime though it proves the concept; that I can actually paint without it turning out worse, so I’ll try to fix the peeling clear coat behind the roof by repainting the small panel.