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post #1 of 43 Old 04-20-2010, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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So, I might wanna paint the dash...

Ok, I've been looking into to replacing the tan dash in my Sahara with a black one, and someone suggested painting it instead. I'd like to know if anyone has ever done this? What's the process? The type of paint? And is it just one huge pain in the @$$???

And info would be great, thanks a lot!!!!!

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post #2 of 43 Old 04-20-2010, 06:49 PM
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i havent done it, but i've read about how others have done it. most people use krylon fusion (rattle can). its meant for plastic and works and looks great. the process is pretty simple, if im not mistaken. just remove all the pieces you want to paint, clean them real well, then point and shoot.

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I did this to the burl wood in my BMW, and used Plasti-Dip. It turned out great, and if you hate it it peels off.
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There is a Vinyl & fabric paint that works better than the Fusion. There is a extensive thread here I just can't locate it at the moment.
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It's Duplicolor vinyl and fabric dye. It is made for just what you are wanting to do. Get it at Autozone or similar, they have a prep for it too, iirc....

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I suppose that would do wonders for faded out plastic too, huh?
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Don't forget to post some before and after pics.
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I'm doing this this weekend- I have already done my door panels and my center console from spice to charcoal gray w/ black accents in my 98. I'm going to do the dash shortly.

Here are some tips- I'm using the Duplicolor vinyl/fabric paint.

The first time I did the door panels, I just cleaned them then wiped them down with windex (ammonia-based), then painted them. The paint flaked off easy and within a week they looked like crap.

The SECOND time I did my door panels (and did my console at the same time), I broke out my orbital sander and some 400 grit, and did some handsanding as well. I sanded EVERYthing, then soaked a rag in Acetone and wiped the entire surface really well. I re-shot them, and they came out great. I've tried scratching the surface in inconspicuous areas with a key and a flathead screwdriver, and it's really hard to get the paint to come off- i actually deformed the surface of the plastic but the paint was still bonded to it.

So, like everything else with painting, spending your time doing prep work is absolutely key to getting good results. Cut corners and you will regret it later.

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Thank you everyone! I'm going to check out all of these options. And I'll definitely post some pics...

Hey doublins: The 400 grit on the orbital sander? It didn't leave swirls or funky abrasions on the door or dash panels?


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I'm doing this this weekend- I have already done my door panels and my center console from spice to charcoal gray w/ black accents in my 98. I'm going to do the dash shortly.

Here are some tips- I'm using the Duplicolor vinyl/fabric paint.

The first time I did the door panels, I just cleaned them then wiped them down with windex (ammonia-based), then painted them. The paint flaked off easy and within a week they looked like crap.

The SECOND time I did my door panels (and did my console at the same time), I broke out my orbital sander and some 400 grit, and did some handsanding as well. I sanded EVERYthing, then soaked a rag in Acetone and wiped the entire surface really well. I re-shot them, and they came out great. I've tried scratching the surface in inconspicuous areas with a key and a flathead screwdriver, and it's really hard to get the paint to come off- i actually deformed the surface of the plastic but the paint was still bonded to it.

So, like everything else with painting, spending your time doing prep work is absolutely key to getting good results. Cut corners and you will regret it later.

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i did it to my jeep ive painted it twice now. and every time i pull the dash apart it goes back with less and less screws. make sure u can remember were they went and it wont be to hard. as for paint i used high gloss black engine its what i like. im gonna do it agin pretty soon and do a little more prep the next time

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Don't take a sander to the plastic. It's amazing he didn't destroy it, and for sure he took off the 'grain' of the surface.
Just get a scotchbrite pad. AFter cleaning (use alcohol) scuff all surfaces. Wipe again with alcohol, then paint.


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Heyy,
Im in the process of making my interior black just got done painting my dash and the results came out pretty decent. I used krylon fusion satin black paint (the same i used on my fender flares). The airbag cover was a pain because of the rivets holding it on, but i drilled through and it came loose. I went to ace and the lady recommended i use a clear coat in the process so i used krylon clear satin.. NOT fusion. The clear dulled the shiny finish so i applied a couple more coats of the fusion sat black. The handle bar on the front of the airbag didnt want to hold the paint so ive left it off for now until i figure something out. Here goes some pics..


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I used plastidip on my interior and door panels. The plastidip works great for the areas that don't come into contact with your legs or arms...such as speaker covers and airbag cover and main dash. But it was terrible for my grab handle, glove box cover, center console and doors. I've since replaced my console, grab handle and glove box door with actual black ones that I found on ebay...same with the underside of the steering column. As far as the doors...when the weather remains nicer I will take my time prepping them then repaint them with the krylon.
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So does it look factory? The pictures look nice.
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thinking of doing this too some time from grey to black!

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