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Dashboard, Painting Your Center Console - How To #18738 Jul 17, 10:24am Jul 17, 10:24am
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Dashboard, Painting Your Center Console - How To
Painting Your Dashboard/Center Console

Warning: If you are inexperienced with painting - before doing anything at all - check the price of these parts from your local dealership in the event you "mess-up" and want to buy new parts


Choosing Your Products:

There are two types of paint you will be using depending on which types of surfaces you want paint. Vinyl paint works best when used on soft plastic surfaces (such as your dash and interior trim). Lacquer paint works best when used on hard plastic surfaces (such as your center console and gauge bezel). If you plan to paint your interior panels, then use a non-glossy or mat finish (do not use a glossy finish) in order to match the existing finish of the existing interior panels. The following companies make some of the best interior paints and dyes available today:
  • LSR Vinyl Dye and Vinyl Lacquer
  • LSR Gray Primer/Sealer - filling minor abrasions/promoting adhesion on hard plastic
  • Krylon Lacquer Spray - for hard vinyl
  • Dupli-Color makes a wide range of colors and paint effects for the following:
    - Vinyl and Fabric dyes
    - Adhesion Promoters
    - Primer
    - Clear Coats


As there are so many choices as to how to paint or finish your interior trim pieces, decide how you want the completed product to look. Some choose to leave the textured finish, and some like the completely glassy smooth finish on these parts. Once you decide which parts and colors you would like, head on off to your favorite auto parts and hardware stores for the following products:
  • 400-Grit or Finer Wet Sanding Paper (for smooth trim pieces)
  • #000 Steel Wool (for smooth trim pieces)
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Painter's Tape and News Paper
  • A Razor Blade or Sharp Knife (used for painting the trim ring of the shifter bezel)
  • A Good Grease-cutting Dish Soap (Dawn)
  • Scrub Brush
  • Appropriate Paint Products


Prepping Your Parts:

INSPECTION
The most important process in painting interior parts is the preparation. First examine your parts for damage. If you find any damage on your interior panel pieces, such as gouges, scratches, or any other type of surface imperfections, you will want to sand down any high spots with the 400-grit sandpaper. Only sand the high spots down and not the entire area that is marred. For interior trim pieces, do the same, but if you will be sanding down the entire piece for a smooth finish, use the steel wool as well.


SANDING
If you want your interior trim pieces to be smooth and have a completely glossy finish, you will need to sand your parts. Skip this step and move on to cleaning your parts if you will be going with a textured finish. If not, then use 400-grit sandpaper to sand your pieces smooth. After you achieve a fairly smooth finish, move on to sanding with the #000 steel wool. Continue sanding until your parts are as smooth as you would like.

Remember that if you sand your parts, that after cleaning them, you will want to use an adhesion promoter/primer to help the paint stick to your parts and prevent cracking or peeling.


CLEANING
Next, you will need to clean your parts thoroughly. Start with a good warm soap and water mixture. A good grease-cutting dish soap such as Dawn is a perfect product for washing parts. Use a scrub brush and scrub the pieces down. Rinse the pieces with water, and repeat the process. If there are still areas that are dirty such as crevices, use a toothbrush to get the dirt out. Wipe the parts down and let them dry completely.

The last step in cleaning is to use a rag and Isopropyl Alcohol to remove any last traces of dirt and grease. Let parts dry again. If you still have dirty or greasy parts, then use a good specialized cleaning product such as Dupli-Colors Prep Wipe or Grease & Wax Remover.

To fill in any low spots due to imperfections, use LSR Gray Primer/Sealer to fill in minor abrasions and to promote adhesion on hard plastics. For soft vinyl rips and tears, you will have to search for a vinyl repair kit or replace the part all together.


Painting Your Parts:

Now you get to paint your parts! This is your last chance to ensure that your parts preparation has been thorough. For any parts that you sanded, or any hard vinyl panels whether sanded or not, use an adhesion promoter/primer first for insurance. For parts that wont be entirely painted, you will want to use the painters tape and newspaper to mask off the areas not being painted. If you are going to go with two-toned interior panels, you will want to make sure that the back sides of any openings are taped and covered with newspaper to prevent paint over spray from finding its way to the fronts of the panels.

Best results are achieved when spraying many light coats rather than just a few heavy coats. When dying vinyl, it is best to have at least three coats for good color coverage. For trim pieces, no less than three coats are desired. Some color kits require more coats, or multiple color coats of different sprays. Follow each of the manufacturers instructions for these types of products.

Make sure that you are painting in a relatively dust-free environment. When spraying your parts, always follow the manufacturers instructions. Generally, you want to paint your parts with multiple light coats of paint. Always use smooth even strokes when spraying the parts. Try to keep the spray nozzle perpendicular to the pieces being sprayed. Most applications to the trim pieces will require several coats to be applied, and that each coat not be completely dry, but rather tacky, when applying the next coat of paint. This helps the bonding of each coat of paint to the previous one. Read the instructions!

If you get a drip or run, or the paint crackles from applying too much paint, you can wet sand it lightly once it dries completely, then remove the dust and grit, and apply a few light coats of paint over the spot again to correct it.

To complete your painting process, finish the trim pieces with a durable clear-coat finish. If your product requires that the color coat be completely dry, after the parts dry, wipe down the parts to remove any dust that may have settled. Do NOT clear coat interior panels! It is best to let the painted parts sit for 24 hours before attempting to re-install them so as not to damage the paint.

DO NOT "TOUCH" TO SEE IF PAINT IS DRY - possibly the worst mistake you will ever make in this project


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This above was professionally done. The average price to get it done professionally would be about $70 ~ $90. Tat price includes BOTH center console pieces, and the Hood around the gauges. If doing this, I would suggest that you also think about painting the panels to your electric-Mirror and the tweeter covers

NOTE: By getting everything painted professionally, you wont have to worry about scratches or paint melting.

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Somethings to think about when painting your dash, if you or the shop that does the painting are not careful - you will loose all the details of your climate control. Possibly worse, the lights may hardly shine though.

The solution to this is to paint with or ask the painter to use a clear paint. For blue, Try 2 cans of TESTORS Brand "Blue Berry" (red is named "Candy Apple", Black-TINT is name "Smoke") for about $4 each at any local hobby shop and a LARGE CAN of clear acrylic paint (Clear Coat). After, add a few layers of clear coat with 15 minutes dry-time between each layer.

The following can be found at most hobby shops for around $4 (WITHOUT shipping charges)

Linked ImageTransparent Black (WINDOW TINT)
http://www.testors.com/catalog_item.asp?itemNbr=1414

Linked ImageTransparent Candy Apple (RED) - also used for red-out tails
http://www.testors.com/catalog_item.asp?itemNbr=1405

Linked ImageTransparent Hot Rod Red (DARKER SHADE OF RED)
http://www.testors.com/catalog_item.asp?itemNbr=1406

Linked ImageTransparent Candy Lime (GREEN)
http://www.testors.com/catalog_item.asp?itemNbr=1404

Linked ImageTransparent Blueberry (BLUE)
http://www.testors.com/catalog_item.asp?itemNbr=1380

Linked ImageTransparent Candy Grape (PURPLE)
http://www.testors.com/catalog_item.asp?itemNbr=1407

ALL OF THE SPRAY COLORS...
http://www.testors.com/catalog_browse.asp?ictNbr=36

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Using a clear color, you can see through to the climate controls easily - Testors Transparent Candy Apple was used on the above dash.

An Alternative would be to just mask-off the areas that you do not want painted...

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  • Detailed center console removal instructions can be found in another guide titled, "Center Console - How To Remove (Long/Detailed)"
    https://www.celicahobby.com/forums/...sole-How-To-Remove-Long-Detailed-Version
  • To remove the side-mirror control, carefully pry up the plastic plate with a flat-head screw driver and you will see that the electronics/buttons are attached to it. Once you've done that, look at the underside and everything will make sense of how to separate the pieces for painting.

Re: Dashboard, Painting Your Center Console - How To #18739 Feb 9, 2:05pm Feb 9, 2:05pm
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I got my dash painted. I used testors insignia red model spray paint. LOOKS SWEEEET! As soon as I get the pictures scanned i'll post em. Thanks for all the tips guys!

Re: Dashboard, Painting Your Center Console - How To [Re: isaac] #18740 Jun 12, 5:53pm Jun 12, 5:53pm

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Hi, I have a question... I painted the center console with testers blue and it came out wonderful. I used the same paint to paint the frame around the gauges and it's not taking the color. So did you guys use the same testers paint on the frame? If not what did you use? And also what specific acrylic clear coat paint did you use? Thanks confused

Re: Dashboard, Painting Your Center Console - How To #18741 Aug 20, 8:38am Aug 20, 8:38am
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Does anybody know about an exact color match for the blue celica (8M6) that is available in spray can? To pain dash, console, engine plastics... etc. I brought the center console to a place and they want 150 to paint it... Im doing the other pieces myself.

How do they paint the pieces? i have some leftover paint from previous bodywork... is there someway to get it into a spray gun or something? not sure about this... or can I find an exact spraycan match from toyota?

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Re: Dashboard, Painting Your Center Console - How To [Re: spectracel] #18742 Aug 29, 10:09am Aug 29, 10:09am
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I'd like to paint my center console, but I've got a couple of questions.

Has anyone used dye instead of paint? If so, any pictures of ones dyed red? What are the pros and cons of dye vs. paint?

I don't want to lose the A/C control icons. Any tips on masking those sections off, or how do you think it would look if I left that center section below the radio and above the ashtray unpainted?

Where do you stop with regards to the cubby hole and ashtray? Just leave the door closed and spray the outside, or spray the entire inside, or just part of the inside?

Re: Dashboard, Painting Your Center Console - How To [Re: Doppelganger] #18743 Sep 12, 12:24pm Sep 12, 12:24pm
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okay one little question
i want to paid my celica interior in blue just like it is in those pix at the start of this threat, how many cans of that transparent blue will i need to order??
i appriciate the answer

Re: Dashboard, Painting Your Center Console - How To [Re: MiDNiGhT_bLuE] #18744 Sep 12, 1:49pm Sep 12, 1:49pm
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depends on how thin your coats are...

just pick up 4 cans to be safe... they are only $3.95 a can thumbsup


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I am currently painting the grill that I ordered on my car, the paint job looks fine but it's just not as smooth as I want it and it's not very shiny.

I used a gloss clearcoat, and a highgloss black paint, the grill is smooth but do I need to sand it down with a higher grit sand paper?

It's not as shiny as my car, and I need it to be so it matches.

Re: Dashboard, Painting Your Center Console - How To [Re: isaac] #18746 Jul 1, 9:56pm Jul 1, 9:56pm
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I was just wondering if anyone who has painted their consoles could post some more pictures. Thanks guys.

Paul

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Re: Dashboard, Painting Your Center Console - How To [Re: isaac] #18748 Aug 1, 9:15pm Aug 1, 9:15pm
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OK... Painted Mine, looks decent, Used "Kyrlon Fusion" it's nice, but not Glassy looking like I wanted, I'll post pics soon, but any tips to add, and achieve that look now without having to repaint?

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Could any one chop a pic of the whole dash to make it black Thanks

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Another idea for painting around the Climate Controls... Grab a hole punch (one of the metal handheld ones), and a sheet of sticky backed paper (like you would use to make nametags). Use the hole punch to make small circles out of the sticky backed paper. Then take the circles, remove the backing from them, and stick them over the climate control pictures.

Now, when you paint, you will only have small circles around the pictures, keeping everything clean, and giving you perfect looking climate controls.

Hope my idea will help some people!

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I see that you painted over your ac units symbols, at night does the lights still bleed through?

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more specifically, I have blue lights in my car, i was wondering if it would still be blue or would it mix the colors. Might be a dumb question but i want to be sure before I do it.

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