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s3nt3nc3d 02-19-2010 06:26 PM

Dash Removal for Painting Purposes?
I've been considering painting my dash black/dark gray (whatever I can find to closely match the current dark trim panels in there) with Krylon Fusion paint...however, I also don't want to be trying to tape everything off in order to paint the dash inside the Jeep. Me and painting = near disaster as it is...painting the dash while it's still in the Jeep, that's just begging for trouble.

So is there any how to's on removing all the panels from the dash? I know the cowl (or whatever it's called with the defroster vents in it) panel just pops off...and I know how to remove the radio trim ring. It looks like the side panels and some are just held on by screws (torx screws I believe if I recall correctly). The main concern right now is...the lowest part of the dash that appears to be bolted in with torx-head bolts and looks like it runs across the length of the dash and is underneath everything else.

Is removing some of those panels going to be a complicated process requiring removing a lot of other things?

If that's the case, I'll just live with the tan/spice/whatever color it is...

kilgoretrout844 02-19-2010 07:20 PM

If you are really shure that you want to paint it why not just remove the bigger, easy to remove peices, and mask the rest off. Masking it off wouldnt be that hard, and wouldnt take too long.
The hardest part would be getting the tape to stick. If you are to do so wipe everything down very good with a paint prep solvent, that will get all the armor all, or whatever other chemicals are on your dash off. Then you should have no problem masking it up

KyleRDeVore 02-19-2010 09:34 PM

i am very interested in this as well. ill keep an eye on this thread.

catITguy 02-19-2010 10:21 PM

You cant get all of the panels off (assuming you have a passenger side airbag). It is riveted in place. Like previous poster said, I took out what I could, then taped off the rest and went to town.

s3nt3nc3d 02-19-2010 11:53 PM

Hrmmm...well crap. I knew the airbag wouldn't come I figured everything else would come off. So in that case, anybody have photos of their progress painting their dash...or at the very least, what panels will end up unable to be removed without a lot of unnecessary work?

catITguy 02-20-2010 01:33 AM

Theres a pic of the finished product in my jeep profile. Didnt take any during the process.

kilgoretrout844 02-20-2010 10:29 AM

Yea i wouldnt worry so much about having everything taken out, it would cause you more problems takeing everything out than it would just masking it up and painting it.

silverdak 02-20-2010 11:19 AM

I took every piece out to paint 98 TJ. Getting the air bag cover was a major pain in the ass. Be very careful working around the air bag.Make sure to unplug it. Here are after pics.

jvinch76 02-20-2010 02:39 PM


tat is the sweetest wrangler interior ive ever seen

silverdak 02-20-2010 02:52 PM

Appreciate it.

ollie526 08-30-2010 03:50 PM

Sorry for bringing up an old thread, but silverdak did exactly what I was planning on doing. I wanted to match my black/charcoal iggees in a subtle way. Some dash painting seems to go overboard. Thanks for the inspiration!

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