Ok, I has thinking of repainting my dash black with some custom accents. I wanted to know what would be the best paint that won't scratch or flake in a year. I want to paint the plastic around the stereo too. Another question is the dash vinyl or plastic.
It's kind of both. I did mine about a year ago with Duplicolor vinyl and fabric paint and it hasn't held up well at all. I cleaned the hell out of it first and scuffed it good with a scotch brite pad and it still flakes off. I'm going to try Krylon Fusion next. I picked up several cans a while back, but it's been either too cool or too rainy to redo everything.
I wouldn't do the actual dash itself..Do the instrument cluster surround and the stereo deck/hvac control surround. I think you will be happier with the breakup in the color. Another thing to do following my suggestion is remove the passenger oh sheeeet handle and replace with a billet or metal one and paint it the same color as the instrument and hvac control surround. Plus, plastics and metals are easier to paint than vinyl. And remember, the paint job is ALWAYS in the prep work Also, if you have an automotive paint shop in town that sells supplies, go talk to them. They can usually make you a can of the right stuff for your project, runs a little more money but you get better results.
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Ok, we'll keep me posted on how it goes, and thanks for telling me about the duplicolor because I was thinking of using it.
Duplicor is about the best...rustolium in this case the worst...unfortunately there is nothing that will not scratch or chip far easier than the original finish. Sorry but thats the fact...it looks OK at first but will not stand test of time unfortunately.
I used Duplicolor adhesive promotor and Duplicolor Vinyl and carpet paint. Came out good but seems a little thin. I accidently rubbed the center console with another trim piece and it scratched the new paint. As soon as I figure out how to upload an image I'll post a pic of my dash.
You can follow the thread above for the dash and other parts. I painted just the bezel around the HVAV/radio. I wanted it to stand out and not just a different colored piece. I sanded it smooth, hit it with some high build prime then sanded to get any dimples left. I started with some silver Krylon fusion I had lying around to cover the black then Dublicolor body color spray to match my exterior (Intens Blue). After that I applied several coats of clear, wet sanding in between to get a high gloss smooth finish.
(I also have a stainless steel gauge bezel (ebay) that I also painted)
2003 TJ, 33" BFG AT, 2" BL, 2" BDS spring lift, Truck Lite headlights, Homemade sunrider top.
Follow the exact directions and use the exact products that Dragonii used and all will be right. Even if you dont do as much as we did, you will still have the same results, great looking dash and holds up well. I did mine well over a year ago and its holding up great. MOST IMPORTANT THING >>> Dont use duplicolor <<< Use the Krylon fusion or bumper coating.
Heres almost 18 months after I did mine. Havent done any touchups on it at all:
where the keys hit the dash.
Kids stepstool to the rear seat (armrest).
Kids kick panel (glovebox)
As you can see, if done properly, this can be a huge upgrade and last a very long time.
Random Guy: "Is there anywhere that thing cant go?"
Me: "Yea, past a gas station..."
lil yeller thnx for the thread link. Excellent write up! Neil...Who manufactures that bezel!?!?! I want! May take awhile but Im going to follow drag's pattern...accents very well. I think the bezel will enhance the effects. Stoked!
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