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Jun 12, 2:49pm - #6061 
Dashboard, Painting Your Center Console - Quick Info

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This was professionally done - the average price to get it done correctly would be about $80 this includes BOTH center console pieces, and the Hood around the gauges. (i would also suggest that you get the panels to your electric-Mirror and the tweeter covers painted as well)

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

I've built and painted hundreds of plastic models to have enough experience with painting. I painted the interior of my car (dark red) to match the red/black scheme that I'm shooting for. and it came out nice! but took about 7 days after painting, for me to install everything back into my car - I wanted everything to be 100% dry before it takes the "finger print test"

After 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... and worse, the lights will hardly shine though. (just a few things to think about when painting)

solution - paint with or ask the painter to use a clear paint. Try 2 cans of Tester Brand "Blue Berry" for about $4 each at any local hobby shop and a LARGE CAN of clear acrylic paint (aka, CLEAR COAT).. and add 5 to 7 layers of clear coat with 15 minutes dry-time between each layer

(possibly the worst mistake you will ever make in this project)

before doing any painting - check the price of these parts from your local dealership... in case "something" should go wrong and want to buy new parts


Jun 24, 10:42pm - #6067 
Isaac that's exactly what i was going for in my car... the same blue color and everything... thanks now i know what it would look like... i expected it to be a lot more than 70-90$ thanks for all the info, very helpful

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