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Sticks 08-14-2010 06:24 PM

Too all you dash painters (and a note to those cleaning)
So the wife (JeepPrincess) decides that she wants to repaint the silver center section in the dash (Tomb Raider Edition) due to the previous owner got something on it that stained or bleached it and the OEM radio face.

We've read the myriad of threads pertaining to dash painting, and for initial prep cleaning, I suggested she use Simple Green to clean and degrease it, and then a good rinsing followed with an alcohol wipe down prior to painting.

Low and behold she comes back out to the garage as I am finishing her radio install with some gray plastic in her hands.

The Simple Green (not diluted) stripped all the paint off the bezels. These were OEM bezels, complete with stickers. The Simple Green stripped 99% of the OEM paint right off.

SO...If you want to strip off the Tan paint that you all hate so much prior to repainting, Simple Green is one hell of a prep tool.

If you decided to use Simple Green to clean your dash...DO NOT USE FULL STRENGTH! I'd even go as far as not using it at all.

Just thought I'd pass that along.

Jerry Bransford 08-14-2010 06:34 PM

Simple Green is pretty powerful stuff if it's not diluted enough, even my hands sting after prolonged use of it.

Too bad about the damage to the bezels. :eek:

Dirt 08-14-2010 07:06 PM

Wouldn't it be a good idea to just throw the parts to paint in the dish washer?

Neil F. 08-14-2010 07:41 PM

Simple question but why were you cleaning the center bezel with it on? It come off very easly and you need to take it off to paint anyway.

burton160w 08-14-2010 07:46 PM

I'm a Simple Green fan for prep plastics, but I don't use the concentrated stuff, I use the consumer stuff in the spray bottles! :eek: I've never had a problem with stripping on any of the stuff I've used (including fender flares). The other recommendation that I've heard are ammonia based cleaners to prep plastic.

convict27 08-14-2010 07:53 PM

The whole reason I ended up painting my dash in the first place was because I used the concentrated Simple green to clean my dash. The original paint started coming off of the passenger airbag cover. So I figured it was time to paint. I definitely know not to go anywhere near my new paint with simple green.

TJNewbie 08-14-2010 08:25 PM

Please post pics of the after painted dash. I'm thinking of painting mine too.

convict27 08-14-2010 08:42 PM

TjTheo 08-14-2010 08:49 PM

Check the drivers manual.

convict27 08-14-2010 08:52 PM


Originally Posted by TjTheo (Post 724790)
Check the drivers manual.

Yeah, Too bad I cant read Japanese :bottom:

97'wrangler 08-14-2010 10:05 PM

Hey do oh have any pics? I am wanting to do mine because I is grey and has stains all over it... What type of paint did you use?

convict27 08-14-2010 11:13 PM


Originally Posted by 97'wrangler (Post 724924)
Hey do oh have any pics? I am wanting to do mine because I is grey and has stains all over it... What type of paint did you use?

I am not sure if you are talking to me or to the OP. I used Krylon Black Camoflauge with Fusion Technology. I posted a link to another thread where I have before and after pics above.

Sticks 08-15-2010 06:30 AM

Sorry, no before and after pics. Suffice to say that it went from the OEM silver to the primer gray plastic.

Past experience has taught me that mild soap for interior cleaning is best. DOW Scrubbing Bath Bubbles aerosol is great for removing the dirt that gets into the textured dash. Then Honda Wax/Cleaner (spray can - motorcycle shop) to polish it up. Never use harsh cleaners on the gauge cluster (or any other clear plastic) and always a soft cloth, not paper towels.

Jeepersbatman 08-15-2010 09:20 AM

As sticks said DOW scrubbing bubbles bathroom cleaner, it also works great on carpet stains and cloth seats. Do moderate sections at a time. When spraying on plastic becareful not to set to long it may discolor. It is also good to use on vinyl. I've used it for for about 15 years on vehicle interiors. Its the best thing on the market, in fact many detail shops use it.

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