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Old 03-04-2001, 19:28   #1 (permalink)
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Now that I have an extra set, I think Ill try to paint the dashboard. Probably the center console and a couple of other pieces... now I did this before on my first car (a first gen PGL) and I know how to do it but I want a flawless job, it has to look perfect. How do I prep the rough surface of the plastic in the middle? What should I use to clean and prep for best results? Once its nice and smooth I know what to do... I will spray about 10-12 thin coats of paint and than 3-4 coats of clearcoat. Any advice is appreciated, also if you know a paint that worked really good for ya lemme know that too, thanx,
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Old 03-05-2001, 19:52   #2 (permalink)
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bout time you posted a usefull topic :D J/K

Here ya go:

The most important part to painting interior trim is preperation. If you don't prepare the surface correctly then you'll get ****py results.
Get some of the following for a auto body supply :

Laqquer thinner (good quality)
Prep- sol solvent
red scotch brite pad
good plastics primer
and a good quality paint

most of these items you can get a Home Depot and an auto parts store with the exeption of the prep-sol in that case just use good rubbing alchol.

1) use thinners to remove the paint from the last attempt

2) wipe with thinners again to clean it again

3) use prep-sol or rubbing alchol and clean the part again.

4) use scuff pad and scuff the entire part really well.
( here's something the looks even better but requires more time. Say you have a part with a texture on it such as a radio and and HVAC control trim panel. Clean it as the instructions above say, then use a peice of 180 grit sand paper and sand the entire part really well then clean the part again. wipe the part with the thinners again and spray some filling primer ( this will require multiple coats to fill in the texture) after you have a good build of primer let it dry for the specific time, then take some black spray paint and dust a little paint on it, (when wet sanding this will show all the low spots and scratches that need more sanding) then using some 400 grit and plenty of water wet sand the part till all the black spray paint is off and you have a nice smooth part.

5) clean part with alchol

6) apply your color

7) apply your clear if needed

8) give yourself a pat on the back for doing such an awesome job!

As always follow the paint manufacture's instructions for using the product.

You should have a very nice upgradded interior trim part after all the work!!

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Yea I know it took me 290 posts to finally post one useful... :(

Thanx for the detailed instructions, its pretty clear now. Ill let ya know how it turns out at the end. Any particular brand you (or anyone else for that matter) could suggest...
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Has anyone tried painting or dying the dash around the cluster. Mine is black, but i'm thinking when i paint the console and everything to blue to match the outside. i want to do the black part of the dash as well.. has anyone done this before.
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Old 03-08-2001, 19:54   #6 (permalink)
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We did my friends Mazda last summer, its not the painting thats hard, its taking it out and putting it back especially what really is a *****... I remember we couldnt put it back cuz the steering wheel was in the way, we had to call a friend whos a mechanic. I dont know though, it cant be that hard. Most likely when I do mine Ill do that too...
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Ok, slowly but surely Im starting to do this. I got all the parts out with the exception of the plastic around the cluster, I didnt have time to take that out yet (Tony Ill let you know how it goes). Now I have to decide on the color. My car is red, I was thinking silver, white or maybe red. I think Ill go with a light color. Any suggestions?
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Well silver is always cool. :D. and going with the exterior color always works. bringing a little Exterior color to the interior always looks good..
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Thanks! That REALLY helps making up my mind! j/k
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Old 03-13-2001, 13:27   #10 (permalink)
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do not use armor all to clean the surface if you do it will have fish eyes in the paint. I havent painted my middle console yet so if anyone has information on it pass it this way please.
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