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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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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!!

Good Luck!
 
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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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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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painting interior

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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ProbeBandit said:
Thanks! That REALLY helps making up my mind! ;) j/k
Ok.. personally i would go with red.. i'm painting mine blue.. because i want the exterior color inside.. to plain just black and gray.. :D
 
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James, read the second post by TangPGT.
Tony, I dont wanna bring too many colors in the interior, and since I have a silver MOMO shift knob, and am planning on getting matching pedals I think silver would look probably better. I did a search on ProbeTalk and saw a couple of pictures of interiors, silver looks awesome with a flip-up indash monitor.
 

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ProbeBandit said:
James, read the second post by TangPGT.
Tony, I dont wanna bring too many colors in the interior, and since I have a silver MOMO shift knob, and am planning on getting matching pedals I think silver would look probably better. I did a search on ProbeTalk and saw a couple of pictures of interiors, silver looks awesome with a flip-up indash monitor.
See there :D:D i helped you make up your mind :D go with silver. bet it will look sweeeet..
 

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tony95pgt said:
Well silver is always cool. :D
My thoughts exactly. Silver metallic is one cool color....almost as cool as Chameleon Blue.
 
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Yea silver will look very nice. I had a couple of minutes inbetween two classes and tried to get the plastic around the cluster off: got one screw out of three. It is a real biaaatch, I got everything but the steering wheel off so now I can finally get to it with a screwdriver. The damn screws dont wanna work with me though :(. Ill take it off tommorrow whith a little more light. Getting ready to paint maybe this weekend...
 
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ChargerGL said:


My thoughts exactly. Silver metallic is one cool color....almost as cool as Chameleon Blue.
Arent you a little obsessed with chameleon blue??? This is like the third time I see chameleon blue in different posts. :)
 

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Did I mention that I like Chameleon Blue? What more could you want? A OEM Ford Paint that changes from purple to blue in the sunlight.
 
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Did I mention that I like Chameleon Blue? What more could you want? A OEM Ford Paint that changes from purple to blue in the sunlight.
Oh boy... :rolleyes: Hey Stacy can you believe this guy? He's worse then we were... We better start watching our backs. :D j/k
Chameleon Blue IS a nice color...
 

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Back to the topic... Folia Tec makes some really good interior paint. I looks good, and I have heard that you can't scratch it off even if you try!
 

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Anyone ever try the stone looking stuff?
I got some for my car and the clear that goes with it and ended up painting so lawn stuff with it...
It scratches easy....but i got it from Wal-Mart..
Is there a better brand that if primed would work better on interior peices? If so...the grey marble looking stuff will be my next project..all my iterior is black...so im either going all leather and wood grain for a clasic look...or im going modern with the dark grey marble and same seats. If I kinda find a blue harliquin...that would be sweet too..
 
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