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Rodgers
23-05-2005, 10:26:20
I'm sort of renovating an old car and have tracked down a rather elusive piece of dashboard trim. Unfortunately it's not quite the right colour - it's dark brown instead of black - so I need to paint it to match.

Anyone know what they're doing here?

It's pretty smooth plastic and thats about all I can tell you about it.

Cheers

Rodgers
23-05-2005, 11:12:47
I guess not then :(

MattHiggs
23-05-2005, 11:32:33
Just search google. I've seen a lot of articles on re-spraying dashboards in the past, so I'm sure there are ways of doing a professional job.

mr.G
23-05-2005, 11:34:03
or just don't

Drekkus
23-05-2005, 12:32:57
Originally posted by Rodgers
I guess not then :( I could make a joke about condoms, but that won't be much help.

Oerdin
23-05-2005, 12:37:23
I suggest you do not try David Khang's (http://www.grunt.bc.ca/current.cfm?eventid=khang2) approach to painting.

DevilsH@lo
23-05-2005, 12:37:53
Is it textured rodgers???

If not give it a clean with a degreaser, key it with some medium sand paper, then go out and buy a plastic primer, this will etch the surface and ensure a better key and finish.

You can get plastic primer and undercoat or use seperate primer and undercoat.

Apply top coat of any kind, the plastic primer removes the need to use any specific top finish. It creates a surface that will accept any standard trim colour.

Avoid the dash sprays made by foliatech, they start looking tired very quickly, and can peel quite badly.

If it is a textured surface then use a very light sand paper, and apply thin coats of the plastic etch primer and you will be able to keep the texture.

Chris
23-05-2005, 12:38:18
Originally posted by Rodgers
I'm sort of renovating an old car and have tracked down a rather elusive piece of dashboard trim. Unfortunately it's not quite the right colour - it's dark brown instead of black - so I need to paint it to match.

Anyone know what they're doing here?

It's pretty smooth plastic and thats about all I can tell you about it.

Cheers Clean it with a mixture of water and dish washing liquid, but very little of the soap.

Dry it, and take it outside (to avoid dust) and spray it with a primer coat.

After the coat is dry, paint it with the black spray, use even strokes, about 6 inches (about 15cm) from the surface. Lightly spray it, don't look to cover the area on the first pass.

repeat slowly untill the job is finished, remember, lightly is the way to go.

Oerdin
23-05-2005, 12:44:15
Or if you wanted to be really into art nuevo you could copy Kieth Boadwee's (http://www.capitantrash.com/deposito/06/ARTIST3.HTM) "innovative" painting methods for abstract art.

Lazarus and the Gimp
23-05-2005, 12:44:36
Buy a permanent black marker pen from W.H.Smiths, and start colouring it in. As any parent knows, that stuff will cover anything.

Oerdin
23-05-2005, 12:48:20
Seriously, I'd lightly sand it to rough it up a bit and give the paint something to hold on to then I'd give it a base coat and two finishing coats of the correct color.

zmama
23-05-2005, 12:50:13
Listen to Laz

He's our expert

Venom
23-05-2005, 12:57:38
Pay someone else to do it.

Rodgers
23-05-2005, 14:22:38
All good advice so far - thanks guys!! :D