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Old 06-23-2010, 11:22 PM   #1
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painting the dash

ok, i'll try to keep this short: before deciding to paint my dash i read pages and pages of info about it on this and other sites. from the easily available spray paints i chose the duplicolor fabric and vinyl paint. i had already done my fender flares with the krylon fusion and they came out great. i also did the center bezel on my dash with the krylon, satin black. i wanted to do the rest of the dash in a charcoal gray color. after being painted for about 5 or 6 days the duplicolor will scratch from the slightest scrape with my fingernail. i decided to do the door panels today with some leftover krylon to see if there was a difference. after only a few hours i ran my fingernails across one of them and it leaves no mark at all. i did the same prep with both.

questions to those that have painted their dash: could it be the satin finish that gives the krylon a little extra protection? anybody else experience the same thing?

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Old 06-24-2010, 07:41 AM   #2
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thinking about doing the same since the color is scraping/rubbing off of the dashboard over the passenger airbag. Please post pictures and let me know if the krylon works.

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Have you Armor-all'ed the dash before? Might be the paint is not adhering, due to the oily residue.
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i had fantastic luck painting vinyl armrests on my 1979 Ford Ranchero. this was made by another company than the regular paint companies....I can't remember who it was, but I do remember that the paint held up to having arms on it for over 2 years while I still owned the car.
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Old 06-24-2010, 11:34 AM   #5
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Have you Armor-all'ed the dash before? Might be the paint is not adhering, due to the oily residue.
bought it about a month ago so i'm not sure. i did scrub it all down with soap and water then some acetone.
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you used acetone on the dash? That stuff will eat right through vinyl and plastic, it's a nasty bugger . That's probably why it's not adhering properly. For plastics, use an ammonia-based cleaner like Parson's Ammonia or I like to use Simple Green water-based cleaner. Once you clean it, scrub it down with very fine or extra fine #240-#500 sandpaper to remove any loose particles.
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bought it about a month ago so i'm not sure. i did scrub it all down with soap and water then some acetone.
Scrub it with Comet instead of soap. It takes out the oils without destroying the dash.
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Old 06-24-2010, 12:21 PM   #8
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regardless of what i used to clean it i'm wondering why the krylon fusion is so much more scratch resistant than the duplicolor, and if anyone else has had the problem with duplicolor. i cleaned all the pieces the same way.

another difference i can think of is the weather. the duplicolor pieces were done on very humid, getting ready to rain days, and the last two days when i've used the krylon it's been really hot and sunny out.

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