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How to paint your dash and interior trim panels #158438 Apr 18, 5:12pm Apr 18, 5:12pm
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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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Re: How to paint your dash and interior trim panels [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #158439 Apr 18, 5:21pm Apr 18, 5:21pm
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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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Re: How to paint your dash and interior trim panels [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #158440 Apr 18, 5:23pm Apr 18, 5:23pm
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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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Re: How to paint your dash and interior trim panels [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #158441 Apr 18, 5:40pm Apr 18, 5:40pm
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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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Re: How to paint your dash and interior trim panels [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #158442 Apr 18, 5:45pm Apr 18, 5:45pm
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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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Re: How to paint your dash and interior trim panels [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #158443 Apr 18, 5:46pm Apr 18, 5:46pm
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ok, i'm done... chat it up! thumbsup


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Re: How to paint your dash and interior trim panels [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #158444 Apr 18, 5:46pm Apr 18, 5:46pm
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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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Re: How to paint your dash and interior trim panels [Re: Evan] #158445 Apr 18, 5:48pm Apr 18, 5:48pm
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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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Re: How to paint your dash and interior trim panels [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #158446 Apr 18, 5:49pm Apr 18, 5:49pm
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tongue ^ I thought you were done rofl


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Re: How to paint your dash and interior trim panels [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #158447 Apr 18, 5:51pm Apr 18, 5:51pm
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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

Re: How to paint your dash and interior trim panels [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #158448 Apr 18, 5:52pm Apr 18, 5:52pm
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and here's a finished shot...

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Re: How to paint your dash and interior trim panels [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #158449 Apr 18, 5:53pm Apr 18, 5:53pm
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Re: How to paint your dash and interior trim panels [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #158450 Apr 18, 5:54pm Apr 18, 5:54pm
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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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Re: How to paint your dash and interior trim panels [Re: Evan] #158451 Apr 18, 6:01pm Apr 18, 6:01pm
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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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Re: How to paint your dash and interior trim panels [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #158452 Apr 18, 6:01pm Apr 18, 6:01pm
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^ ok, in that case, come paint mine laughsilly


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Re: How to paint your dash and interior trim panels [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #158453 Apr 18, 6:02pm Apr 18, 6:02pm
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Here's a shot of my door panel...

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Re: How to paint your dash and interior trim panels [Re: LostAngel] #158454 Apr 18, 6:03pm Apr 18, 6:03pm
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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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Re: How to paint your dash and interior trim panels [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #158456 Apr 18, 6:32pm Apr 18, 6:32pm
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Re: How to paint your dash and interior trim panels [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #158457 Apr 18, 6:54pm Apr 18, 6:54pm
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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?
Re: How to paint your dash and interior trim panels [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #158458 Apr 18, 7:03pm Apr 18, 7:03pm
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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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Re: How to paint your dash and interior trim panels [Re: celicafourotwo] #158459 Apr 18, 7:06pm Apr 18, 7:06pm
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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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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???

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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?
Re: How to paint your dash and interior trim panels [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #158461 Apr 18, 8:21pm Apr 18, 8:21pm
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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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Re: How to paint your dash and interior trim panels [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #158465 Apr 19, 9:37am Apr 19, 9:37am
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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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Re: How to paint your dash and interior trim panels [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #158466 Apr 19, 9:57am Apr 19, 9:57am
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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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Re: How to paint your dash and interior trim panels [Re: Mikael] #158467 Apr 19, 11:00am Apr 19, 11:00am
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the brand is SEM, and i could only find it at an auto paint store


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


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