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Old 05-23-2013, 01:07 AM   #1
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Dash painting question

I have a white Jeep that has a spice colored dash that a PO painted black. When I bought it, the dash had started to chip badly, so I took it off and repainted it with a spray paint for plastic surfaces. Now it's starting to chip off again and I'm wondering what I need to do to get the paint to stick. Maybe the plastic paint isn't the best type to use?

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Old 05-23-2013, 01:21 AM   #2
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Lightly sand with fine grit sandpaper, get rid of all dust by vacuuming and blowing with air compressor, paint with a plastic primer, then use whatever plastic paint color you want.

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Lightly sand with fine grit sandpaper, get rid of all dust by vacuuming and blowing with air compressor, paint with a plastic primer, then use whatever plastic paint color you want.
This is great advice. The only thing I would add to it is use a good prep solvent to wipe it down. This will help get rid of any grease, oil, and wax that is on the dash. Good luck.
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:45 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, gonna try it this weekend
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:26 PM   #5
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Thanks guys, gonna try it this weekend
Another way of doing the dash if you have any body in the area that hydro graphic dips? That is what I did to my daughters dash.
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Old 05-25-2013, 01:09 AM   #6
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Wow, that's different, I'll have to check that out
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:01 PM   #7
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I just did mine with DupliColor Vinyl/Fabric dye. Came in a spray can. Did the doors and the dash. Came out really nice, seems to hold good. Looks new!!
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SEM vinyl paint is very good and camel is a very close match for spice. problem will be the old paint is chipping and probably not prepped right. unless you remove the old paint it will continue to chip.
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i used gas line antifreeze as a prep solvent to wipe it down. This will help get rid of any grease, oil, and wax that is on the dash and i used vinyl die from ppg
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I have paint thinner, will that work as a prep solvent? The original color is spice, and it has a couple of layers of back paint on it already, so there are spots of tan showing through where the black has chipped off.
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I just did mine with DupliColor Vinyl/Fabric dye. Came in a spray can. Did the doors and the dash. Came out really nice, seems to hold good. Looks new!!
x2! Use Vinyl paint... Sand with fine grit paper (Get ALL of that black paint off of there too - or at least as much of it that you can), wipe down with paint thinner or something - but make sure you let it air dry for a decent amount of time and then do LOTS of LIGHT coats. That's what I did and it's been holding strong for just about 10 years now - never had to touch up or anything.
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I dont have a comment here, sounds like everyone else has got this.
I just want to comment on Keymo signature... x999999999
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I always wipe it down with Lacquer thinner it will remove all contaminents and loose paint, BE CAREFUL it will soften the plastic if left on too long go slow and easy and take your time. After it is all cleaned up use a paint intended for plastic after you apply an adhesion promoter (Duplicacolor has a good one) you should be good to go.
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Since this is an old thread, I'll update you on what I did. I used lacquer thinner and removed all the old paint and got it down to the original spice base with just a few spots of black left that wouldn't come off. Then I sprayed on 4 light coats using Duplicolor vinyl spray paint. It turned out great, and so far, 3 months later (with quite a few days of triple digit heat) it still looks great. The plastic piece that goes around the gauges was replaced with a new one because the old one was cracked, but I also painted the other plastic dash parts and they are holding up well too. And while the windshield was down to remove the dash pad, I also replaced the cowl seal. So it was a productive project.
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So cool. I'm a big Dupli-Color fan
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Pic's?
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Pic's?
I didn't take any pics while I was doing the work, but I can take some of the finished product if you'd like
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I didn't take any pics while I was doing the work, but I can take some of the finished product if you'd like
Well?
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Old 08-25-2013, 01:34 PM   #21
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Ha ha, I hear you have a thing for old ladies. Here are the pics for my dash, plus a pic of my "custom" mug holder



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The dash looks brand new! I thought it was going to be some embarrassing backyard nightmare with black overspray on the windshield etc. Great job making the spice disappear swapping for the new look. And I like the expensive steering wheel which really pops off the black. Can't believe we had to pry pictures of this redo out of you
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The dash looks brand new! I thought it was going to be some embarrassing backyard nightmare with black overspray on the windshield etc. Great job making the spice disappear swapping for the new look. And I like the expensive steering wheel which really pops off the black. Can't believe we had to pry pictures of this redo out of you
I'll take that as a compliment, lol. There's no overspray on the windshield because I took the dash pad out to paint it. That was a bit of a chore, but my dad taught me to do things right or not at all. A PO had already converted the spice interior to black, but the paint job on the dash pad was chipping and beginning to look two-tone. I just added some new Coverking seat covers (Quadratec sells a package with a free backseat) so the interior looks pretty sharp now.



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All kidding aside its a great job. But can you imagine how fast you would become a Cali living legend by just cruising the strip without the top and doors?
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Ha ha, there's no strip to cruise where I live, but I would love to take a day trip to the beach. As long as we're talking about dashes, here's a pic of the 'wires to nowhere' my SIL removed when he installed my new radio. I guess it must have had an alarm and off road lights at one time.



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This is exactly what Im going to be doing to my spice interior, seats and all. Pretty excited to get started!! Im thinking itll look pretty sharp with the aqua blue exterior
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This is exactly what Im going to be doing to my spice interior, seats and all. Pretty excited to get started!! Im thinking itll look pretty sharp with the aqua blue exterior
Good luck! My seats were replaced with black seats from a parted out Jeep, so they're not in the best shape, I just got new covers for them.

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