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carbon_blue_gt Apr 19, 1:12am - #158438 
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How to paint your dash and interior trim panels

Everyone's been asking for a guide to painting the interior trim panels... I'm just going to go through the steps for painting, i'll leave the removal and reinstallation guide to someone else.

Please hold off on posting until i'm done... unfortunately, i don't have any in progress photos...

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carbon_blue_gt Apr 19, 1:21am - #158439 
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For this project, you will need:

* your ugly gray interior panels

* Regular windex, or similar ammoniated window cleaner

* Liquid dish detergent

* SEM interior finish, in the color you choose
I used #15243 Satin Black

* SEM clear coat
I recommend #13023 Low Lustre Clear, to keep glare down

* SEM #3836 Sand Free or # 3986 Flexible Bonding Clear

* A good scrub brush

* A lot of time and patience

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carbon_blue_gt Apr 19, 1:23am - #158440 
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Begin by prepping the panels...

In your bathtub or wherever you can find room, scrub the panels down with the dish detergent and the absolute hottest water your hands can stand. After you've scrubbed it with the detergent, rinse it off with HOT water. Spray the panels down with the ammoniated window cleaner, and scrub again. Finally, rinse the window cleaner off with hot water. Towel the panel dry with a clean, delinted terry towel.

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carbon_blue_gt Apr 19, 1:40am - #158441 
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Set the panel that you're painting up on newspaper, a dropcloth, or something similar to help keep dust down, and control where the overspray goes.

Wipe the panel down with tackcloth immediately before you begin painting...

Begin by spraying a thin coat of the SEM #3936 or #3986 over the panel. Let this dry for about 15 minutes.

wipe the piece down with tack cloth

Then, spray several thin coats of your color over it until you get good even coverage. Let it dry for about an hour.

After the color is dry, and looks good and even (you can keep recoating the color until it does look even), you can spray out a couple of good coats of your clear, again, working to make the coats as even as possible.

Let the clear coat dry for at least 12 hours before you try to put them back into the car.

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carbon_blue_gt Apr 19, 1:45am - #158442 
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After the panels have dried, you can carefully put them back into the car. Make sure that you are VERY careful with them, as they are most prone to scratching during the first 30 days after they're painted, and if they get scratched, you have to start all over again.

Wait at least 7 days after reinstallation before you use any kind of interior polish on them.

After a week, use whatever interior polish you prefer to moisturize and protect the panels. (I use Meguiar's Natural Shine)

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carbon_blue_gt Apr 19, 1:46am - #158443 
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ok, i'm done... chat it up! thumbsup

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Evan Apr 19, 1:46am - #158444 

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Originally Posted by carbon_blue_gt
ok, i'm done... chat it up! thumbsup


laughsilly .. I was a bit early, so I deleted my post wink

Great info.! thumbsup

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carbon_blue_gt Apr 19, 1:48am - #158445 
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Originally Posted by Evan
Originally Posted by carbon_blue_gt
ok, i'm done... chat it up! thumbsup


laughsilly .. I was a bit early, so I deleted my post wink

Great info.! thumbsup


You just have a patience problem rofl

Thanks though!

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Evan Apr 19, 1:49am - #158446 

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tongue ^ I thought you were done rofl

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LostAngel Apr 19, 1:51am - #158447 
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Sweet man! I loved your paint tutorial, and like this too. Keep up the good work. **gets idea** Someday, make a Fiberglass tutorial, I think a lot of people would like that. thumbsup
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carbon_blue_gt Apr 19, 1:52am - #158448 
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and here's a finished shot...
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GreyStreet Apr 19, 1:53am - #158449 

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you da man!

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Evan Apr 19, 1:54am - #158450 

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^ looks great, but honestly, how fragile is the paint on the center dash? because I've seen lots of painted dashes where you can't even adjust the temp. for fear of scratching the paint with your fingernail

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carbon_blue_gt Apr 19, 2:01am - #158451 
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Originally Posted by Evan
^ looks great, but honestly, how fragile is the paint on the center dash? because I've seen lots of painted dashes where you can't even adjust the temp. for fear of scratching the paint with your fingernail


I accidentally hit my center console with the tip of a screwdriver.. really hard. There isn't even a mark. If their paint is scratching off like that, either their paint is bad, or they didn't prime it or use some kind of adhesion promoter... and that's just asking for trouble. If the paint job is done well, it will be just as durable as the plastic underneath.

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Evan Apr 19, 2:01am - #158452 

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^ ok, in that case, come paint mine laughsilly

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carbon_blue_gt Apr 19, 2:02am - #158453 
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Here's a shot of my door panel...

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carbon_blue_gt Apr 19, 2:03am - #158454 
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Originally Posted by LostAngel
Sweet man! I loved your paint tutorial, and like this too. Keep up the good work. **gets idea** Someday, make a Fiberglass tutorial, I think a lot of people would like that. thumbsup


What, and give up my marketable trade secrets?

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umm...ya...thats it. deal
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eric_h Apr 19, 2:32am - #158456 

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dang that looks awesome thumbsup

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celicafourotwo Apr 19, 2:54am - #158457 

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wow..awesome guides..very simple and you don't have to use a lot of sand paper to sand everything down..There's another guide from someone else on here but it's long as heck..very very detailed but you need to buy like 3-4 diff..kind of grid sand paper and cloth and such..i like ur betta..short, simple, and effective..Great job.. thumbsup

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Whenever my car is at a full stop or even in park the RPM never sits on 0. what does this mean?
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Krayze Apr 19, 3:03am - #158458 

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dude that look sweet i am gonna check back in a month to se ehow it is holding up and then if it is i am gonna do it

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carbon_blue_gt Apr 19, 3:06am - #158459 
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Originally Posted by celicafourotwo
wow..awesome guides..very simple and you don't have to use a lot of sand paper to sand everything down..There's another guide from someone else on here but it's long as heck..very very detailed but you need to buy like 3-4 diff..kind of grid sand paper and cloth and such..i like ur betta..short, simple, and effective..Great job.. thumbsup


Um.. yeah... that other guide was also by me... that's the one you want to use if you're going for a high gloss, glass smooth paint job on pieces like your center console and gauge bezel.

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celicafourotwo Apr 19, 3:11am - #158460 

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oh ok..oops.. grin..well i guess i'll just use that then..i thought i saved that thread but now i can't find it..u have the link for it?? could you PM me with the link so i'll have it in there until i decide to paint my console???

thanks

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Whenever my car is at a full stop or even in park the RPM never sits on 0. what does this mean?
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carbon_blue_gt Apr 19, 4:21am - #158461 
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Could i get someone to put this guide into the install guide section?

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now that's some great stuff!!..very informative thumbsup

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enufced904 Apr 19, 5:37pm - #158465 

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great info. i've been looking into different ways of painting my interior panels and yours has been the best.

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Mikael Apr 19, 5:57pm - #158466 

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Originally Posted by carbon_blue_gt

For this project, you will need:

* your ugly gray interior panels

* Regular windex, or similar ammoniated window cleaner

* Liquid dish detergent

* SEM interior finish, in the color you choose
I used #15243 Satin Black

* SEM clear coat
I recommend #13023 Low Lustre Clear, to keep glare down

* SEM #3836 Sand Free or # 3986 Flexible Bonding Clear

* A good scrub brush

* A lot of time and patience


Where do you buy this kind of paint ??? Wallmart, Canadian tire, ... ???

What is the brand ???

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carbon_blue_gt Apr 19, 7:00pm - #158467 
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the brand is SEM, and i could only find it at an auto paint store

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shit, that is nice...! tasty
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theretiredpimp Apr 19, 9:08pm - #158470 

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Nice post. It def should be put in the install guide section thumbsup

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