Preparing Side View Mirrors for Paint

By Octavio Diaz

 

 

Remove the plastic interior trim piece by pulling it straight out. There are two clips and a couple of plastic alignment pins holding the plastic cover in place. This will expose the 3 mirror mounting bolts.  



Unplug the wires going into the mirror (brown plug).  Next, remove the three 11mm nuts to remove the mirror from the vehicle.  Be very careful not to drop any of the nuts into the door.
 

 

Mask off the mirror by using newspaper or some other paper and asking tape to hold it in place.  You donít want to put the tape directly on the glass if you can avoid it.  You don't want to scratch the mirror. Mask the back of the mirror with paper and masking tape; put as little tape in contact with soft rubber backing foam as possible. (It will ruin it upon removal)

 

 

Mask off the mirror by using newspaper or some other paper and asking tape to hold it in place.  You don’t want to put the tape directly on the glass if you can avoid it.  You don't want to scratch the mirror. Mask the back of the mirror with paper and masking tape; put as little tape in contact with soft rubber backing foam as possible. (It will ruin it upon removal)

 

Sanding: Start with 60, then 80, then 100, then 150 all dry. Just buy a variety pack. Then 220, then 320 wet. Make sure you sand in the narrow area around the glass; the mirror will push in as you go around; this area is already smooth so it only needs the 220, 320 wet treatment. (Use a little dish detergent in the water when you wet sand)

 

Check the mirrors thoroughly in bright light for any missed areas; they are your responsibility.  Dry them and then clean them thoroughly; isopropyl alcohol works well.

 

Use Adhesion Promoter as a primer.  Bulldog makes it in an aerosol.  You can buy it at an auto body supply store. Use black if you have a dark color car; grey if light. Apply two medium wet coats, 15 mins apart (you can follow the can directions as well). Don’t worry too much If you get a run, it will sand out. The next day, wetsand the mirrors housing with 400; (220 on any runs first).  Now they are ready for the paint shop.