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Advice on painting mirrors?

I have a oxford white 2011 250, with the black textured mirrors and chrome caps. I want to paint the whole mirror white to match my truck. I've talked to some guys around my place, they said that the paint would chip off the two bars since the mirror slides in and out on them. Whats the best way to go about painting them? Getting new caps and convincing a bodyshop to paint the caps and black mirror or would plastidip work?
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It would be way cheaper, faster and easier to vinyl wrap the ones you have. You won't have to take them off, prep, paint, buy paintable ones, etc,etc. just get colour matched vinyl and wrap them in 20 minutes and it will never chip of flake like paint.
Don't paint or wrap the textured parts it won't last a winter.

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I would just paint the caps. They make paintable caps, stick those on and leave the rest black. If you paint the whole mirror over time it will chip and not look very nice. Usually doesn't hold up as well as the paintable caps from Ford.

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Xdp website I think... paramount mirror covers. Then paint those.

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If you're going to try plastidip, use adhesion promoter so it will stick well.
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I took the mirrors off, took them apart into pieces, prepped em and then sprayed tons of high fill primer on and sanded them smooth, then color match paint and clear. It was a ton of work but if done correctly looks great. Just like any paint work the key is in the prep. The paint is doing god so far but if I could do it over I think I would buy the covers and have them painted. I spent 4-5 hrs taking apart the mirrors.
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I took the mirrors off, took them apart into pieces, prepped em and then sprayed tons of high fill primer on and sanded them smooth, then color match paint and clear. It was a ton of work but if done correctly looks great. Just like any paint work the key is in the prep. The paint is doing god so far but if I could do it over I think I would buy the covers and have them painted. I spent 4-5 hrs taking apart the mirrors.
Any tips on how to best take the mirrors apart?
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Plastidip won't last if you live in an area with large insects and you drive fast. I tried doing my mirror caps with plastidip and they didn't even last a weekend. IMOP the full painted mirrors don't look that great.

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The plastic parts that snap together that actually support the mirror are a pain in the butt. It will take you a few days to do it right, be careful and take your time.
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