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post #1 of 15 Old 03-15-2005, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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changing the color of wrangler dash

i just bought a 93yj for a good price...theres some things that i dont like about it ,but it was such a good price i can overlook some things...however im not to happy with the spice color dash,and i want to change it to black...Buying a new dash is a little $$ I was wondering if any of you guys ever painted ur dash? Whats the best paint to use? Ive seen some guys paint there stuff and it looks like crap...believe or not i used some fabric paint on my roll bar pads and it turned out great..i was just messing around with it..i had a can laying around my garage and gave it a try..i was shocked that it turned out so good..im just hoping i have the same luck with the dash...thanks

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post #2 of 15 Old 03-15-2005, 03:07 PM
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i blacked my Dash with a couple cans of Vinyl paint from Autozone, i'm not sure who makes it , but it worked awesome

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dash color

Yeah, I painted my spice dash black last year.
I wanted to do a really good job, so I removed everything, cleaned everything good, and used a special spray paint from the auto parts store made for this kind of thing. I think it was called Plastic-Color or something
I also did the innside panels of my lower hard doors.
The dash turned out fine (I'd use regular paint for the speaker cut-outs though)
After I got it in the sun I noticed a couple places where the paint wasn't totally covering, but a couple strokes of my trusty "Sharpy" and you couldn't tell.
The doors were another story!
They looked fine for a couple months. Then I went to Rubicon, and when I got back it was starting to peel/chip on the top. Then I left it in the rain w/out the uppers on, and it got worse. It's pretty messed up now. I'm gonna have to do it again this year when it warms up and I get some time. I'm gona sand it alot better this time. Maybe try a primer - or maybe just bedliner. I saw some guys were doing that and wanted to find out how well it lasted.
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or you could swap the dash. I am in the process of it right now.

http://www.off-road.com/jeep/reviews/dash/rlwdash.html

It looks so cool. Not easy but worth it. The stock YJ dash just sucks.

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I repainted the door panels for our crane truck at work, I went to the paint and body supply and bought sone special primer(made by PPG or Dupont I don't remember) and some back paint made for plastic. It has held up well, just let it cure good before you abuse it. We also use Bulldog primer for flexible pastics. None of these needed thinning, just strain and spray(Bulldog can be bought in an aerosol can also).
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thanks guys...some good ideas....im going to try this week if the weather is nice...and the doors were going to be my next question...i was going to try to paint the lower part(half doors) or i was thinking on some kind of black diamond plate...,but im glad you guys told me it works..i think i know what kind of paint u used..i had it in my hand when i went to pep boys,but i thought that i would ask for advice before i screw my dash all up..
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I'm not framiliar with all the options but I do know that what Iused works very well
i did my pans at least 5 yrs back and they are holding up great. Hope what ever you decide works well.

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Back to the spice colored dash......has anyone located paint to match the steering wheel column? The paint is worn by key chains or keys rubbing against it.

If not, I guess you just paint the whole column black? Any other ideas?

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My dash was faded grey and I hated it. I took off all the dash panels and scrubbed them in soapy water with a brillo pad. After that I shot them with gloss black Krylon Fusion spray paint. It's the kind that is made to bond to plastic. I did it maybe 8 months ago and have no peeling, fading or cracking. I would highly reccomend it because you don't have to sand or prime the surface. Painting the door panels is a BAD experience. Mine are all screwed up from me doing that. I am just going to cover mine in black speaker box carpet now. Later <><

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Spray the door panels with 3M max strength adhesive and cover them with velor, or what ever you want. I've put in headliners and door panels and it's easy as mad, take your time and you'll make it look great.

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the previous owner of my jeep De-spiced it, the dash panels came out really good and you cant tell they used to be spice, the door panels suck. and the roll bar covers he installed have no padding under them. I would have liked the spice better i think but its too late now

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post #12 of 15 Old 03-16-2005, 04:00 AM Thread Starter
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i got lucky my steering wheel and plastic around it is black..so i wont have to touch that. The doors i might hold off on....i like the carpet idea,but i really think im going to try black diamond plate

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Fusion by Krylon. Spray paint made just for plastic. Did my whole dash, doors and steering wheel with it. Comes out great. Just make sure you prep it well. You will need to get some kind of stripper to remove any armourall type substances. Dont remember what its called but if you dont it wont come out as nice even if you never used armourall.

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Are you guys talking about painting the vinyl panels on full doors, or the plastic panels on half doors? I painted my full door panels and it worked great. I got the paint at an autbody paint shop. Some stuff from ppg, worked great.
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Use isopropal alcohol to clean the armor-all off the dash, it works well at stripping wax also. Another option on the dash is ruff it up good then gelcoat it like you would fiberglass, or make your own fiberglass dash, it's easy and makes you unique not to mention if you make your own fiberglass dash you can have your heating and AC vent anyplace you want.

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